Advanced Planning Concepts in the Closed-Loop Container Network of ARN

H.M. Le Blanc, M.G.C. van Krieken, H.R. Krikke, H.A. Fleuren

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In this paper we discuss a real-life case study in the optimization of the logistics network for the collection of containers from end-of-life vehicle dismantlers in the Netherlands.Advanced planning concepts like dynamic assignment of dismantlers to logistic service providers are analyzed by a simulation model.In this model, we periodically solve a vehicle routing problem to gain insight in the long-term performance of the system.The vehicle routing problem considered is a multi depot pickup and delivery problem with alternative delivery locations.We solve this problem with a heuristic based on route generation and set partitioning.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationTilburg
PublisherOperations research
Number of pages29
Publication statusPublished - 2004

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NameCentER Discussion Paper


  • Reverse logistics
  • Closed-loop supply chain mmanagement
  • vehicle routing
  • set partitioning
  • distribution planning


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