The Suppliers Selection Problem: A Case Study

  • Mariana Costa
  • Cristina Requejo
  • Filipe Rodrigues
Part of the Studies in Big Data book series (SBD, volume 15)


The effective supplier evaluation and purchasing processes are of vital importance to business organizations, making the suppliers selection problem a fundamental key issue to their success. We consider a complex supplier selection problem with multiple products where minimum package quantities, minimum order values related to delivery costs, and discounted pricing schemes are taken into account. Our main contribution is to present a mixed integer linear programming (MILP) model for this supplier selection problem. The model is used to solve several examples including three real case studies from an electronic equipment assembly company.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mariana Costa
    • 1
  • Cristina Requejo
    • 1
  • Filipe Rodrigues
    • 1
  1. 1.Departamento de Matemática da Universidade de AveiroAveiroPortugal

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