Title

Transshipments through Crossdocks with Inventory and Time Windows

Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

12-2005

Abstract

A major challenge in making supply meet demand is to coordinate transshipments across the supply chain to reduce costs and increase service levels in the face of demand fluctuations, short lead times, warehouse limitations, and transportation and inventory costs. In particular, transshipment through crossdocks, where just-in-time objectives prevail, requires precise scheduling between suppliers, crossdocks, and customers. In this work, we study the transshipment problem with supplier and customer time windows where flow is constrained by transportation schedules and warehouse capacities. Transportation is provided by fixed or flexible schedules and lot-sizing is dealt with through multiple shipments. We develop polynomial-time algorithms or, otherwise, provide the complexity of the problems studied.

Keywords

transshipment, crossdocks, scheduling, supply chain

Discipline

Operations and Supply Chain Management

Research Areas

Operations Management

Publication

Naval Research Logistics

Volume

52

Issue

8

First Page

724

Last Page

733

ISSN

0894-069X

Identifier

10.1002/nav.20113

Publisher

Wiley

Additional URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/nav.20113