The Multi-period Profit Collection Vehicle Routing Problem with Time Windows

  • Yubin Xie
  • Zizhen Zhang
  • Hu Qin
  • Songshan Guo
  • Andrew Lim
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8482)


This paper addresses a new variant of the vehicle routing problem with time windows that takes drivers’ working periods into consideration. In this problem, each vehicle is dispatched to perform one route in a multi-period planning horizon. At the end of each period, each vehicle is not required to return to the depot but must stay at one of vertices for recuperation. We propose a tabu search algorithm to solve 48 test instances generated from Solomon’s VRPTW instances. The computational results can serve as benchmarks for future researchers on the problem.


vehicle routing problem multiple working periods tabu search 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yubin Xie
    • 1
  • Zizhen Zhang
    • 1
  • Hu Qin
    • 2
  • Songshan Guo
    • 1
  • Andrew Lim
    • 3
  1. 1.Sun Yat-Sen UniversityGuangdongChina
  2. 2.Huazhong University of Science and TechnologyWuhanChina
  3. 3.Nanjing UniversityNanjingChina

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