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A new matheuristic approach for the multi-depot vehicle routing problem with inter-depot routes

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The multi-depot vehicle routing problem with inter-depot routes is studied in this paper, where vehicles may reset their capacity at any depot during the working day. Due to the complexity of this problem, exact approaches are limited to small-size applications. In order to overcome this limitation, we propose a matheuristic which integrates a mixed integer linear programming formulation with a set of relax-and-fix strategies. This solution approach is shown to be very efficient, and for the first time, large-size benchmarking instances are solved.

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Tânia Ramos and Ana Barbosa-Póvoa acknowledge the support provided by FCT and P2020 under the project PTDC/EGE-OGE/28071/2017, Lisboa-01.0145-Feder-28071. Maria Isabel Gomes acknowledges the support provided by FCT under the project UID/MAT/00297/2019 (Centro de Matemática e Aplicações).

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Ramos, T.R.P., Gomes, M.I. & Barbosa-Póvoa, A.P. A new matheuristic approach for the multi-depot vehicle routing problem with inter-depot routes. OR Spectrum 42, 75–110 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00291-019-00568-7

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