Modelling the Synchronization of Transport Means in Logistics Service Operations

  • Dorota Slawa Mankowska
  • Christian Bierwirth
  • Frank Meisel
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6971)


Synchronization of vehicle operations plays an important role for logistics service providers. Examples of logistics businesses with synchronization requirements can be found, e.g., in swap trailer transportation and truck-meets-truck traffic. In this paper, we provide a classification of the various types of synchronization requirements for transport means in logistics applications. For supporting the planning of logistics service operations, we formulate a new mixed-integer programming model for vehicle routing, where vehicle routes are synchronized at fixed and given points. Computational results are provided for assessing the solvability of the model under various problem settings.


Vehicle Route Problem Vehicle Route Spatial Synchronization Route Length Synchronization Point 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dorota Slawa Mankowska
    • 1
  • Christian Bierwirth
    • 1
  • Frank Meisel
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Economics and BusinessMartin-Luther University Halle-WittenbergGermany

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