Original Paper

Computational Management Science

, Volume 9, Issue 4, pp 531-542

First online:

Network design for time-constrained delivery using subgraphs

  • Hui ChenAffiliated withDelta Airlines
  • , Ann M. CampbellAffiliated withDepartment of Management Sciences, University of Iowa
  • , Barrett W. ThomasAffiliated withDepartment of Management Sciences, University of Iowa Email author 

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Delivery companies are offering an increasing number of time-definite services. Yet, little research has been done that explores the design of delivery networks that can support these types of services. In this paper, we explore such design problems for networks with a specified number of edges \(B > n-1\), where \(n\) is the number of nodes in the problem. We present a two-phase heuristic solution approach that first constructs a network and then improves the network via local search. For the improvement phase, we extend neighborhood structures that have proven effective for tree-structured solutions and also identify a new search neighborhood that takes advantage of specific features of subgraph solutions. We present a computational analysis of our solution approach as well as managerial insights.


Logistics Heuristics Time Definite