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Optimised solutions to the last-mile delivery problem in London using a combination of walking and driving

Optimised solutions to the last-mile delivery problem in London using a combination of walking and driving
Optimised solutions to the last-mile delivery problem in London using a combination of walking and driving

Inspired by actual parcel delivery operations in London, this paper describes a two-echelon distribution system that combines the use of driving and walking as part of last-mile deliveries in urban areas for a single driver. The paper presents an optimisation model that explicitly treats and integrates the driving and walking elements, and describes a branch-and-cut algorithm that uses new valid inequalities specifically tailored for the problem at hand. Computational results based on real instances obtained from a courier operating in London are presented to show the performance of the algorithm.

Branch-and-cut, Last-mile delivery, Urban freight, Vehicle routing
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Martinez Sykora, Antonio
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Cherrett, Thomas
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Martinez Sykora, Antonio, Mcleod, Fraser, Lamas Fernandez, Carlos, Bektas, Tolga, Cherrett, Thomas and Allen, Julian (2020) Optimised solutions to the last-mile delivery problem in London using a combination of walking and driving. Annals of Operations Research, 295 (2), 645-693. (doi:10.1007/s10479-020-03781-8).

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Abstract

Inspired by actual parcel delivery operations in London, this paper describes a two-echelon distribution system that combines the use of driving and walking as part of last-mile deliveries in urban areas for a single driver. The paper presents an optimisation model that explicitly treats and integrates the driving and walking elements, and describes a branch-and-cut algorithm that uses new valid inequalities specifically tailored for the problem at hand. Computational results based on real instances obtained from a courier operating in London are presented to show the performance of the algorithm.

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Accepted/In Press date: 28 August 2020
e-pub ahead of print date: 8 September 2020
Published date: December 2020
Keywords: Branch-and-cut, Last-mile delivery, Urban freight, Vehicle routing

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Local EPrints ID: 444738
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/444738
ISSN: 0254-5330
PURE UUID: 073620f9-c420-4524-84b0-1a20af9e192c
ORCID for Antonio Martinez Sykora: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-2435-3113
ORCID for Fraser Mcleod: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-5784-9342
ORCID for Carlos Lamas Fernandez: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-5329-7619
ORCID for Tolga Bektas: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-0634-144X

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Date deposited: 03 Nov 2020 17:30
Last modified: 26 Nov 2021 05:39

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Author: Fraser Mcleod ORCID iD
Author: Tolga Bektas ORCID iD
Author: Thomas Cherrett
Author: Julian Allen

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