, 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 and from

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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