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, Volume 11, Issue 3, pp 297–298 | Cite as

Flexibility and consistency in inventory-routing

  • Leandro C. Coelho
PhD Thesis

This is a summary of the author’s Ph.D. thesis supervised by Jean-François Cordeau and Gilbert Laporte and defended on October 10th 2012 at HEC Montréal. The thesis is written in English and is available from the author upon request at leandro.coelho@cirrelt.ca and from http://www.leandro-coelho.com/.

In many contexts, logistics is used to enable competitive advantages and cost savings. For some companies, logistics itself is its core competency (i.e., logistics providers). In this context, vendor-managed inventory (VMI) systems are one of the most up-to-date strategies allowing companies to reach a superior performance. Under a VMI strategy, the replenishment and distribution making process is centralized at the supplier’s level, leading to an overall reduction of logistics costs. In order to operate a VMI system, an Inventory-Routing Problem(IRP) has to be solved, simultaneously making inventory management and routing decisions over several periods. Our purpose is to introduce two...

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