Quotation Anderluh, Alexandra, Theodor, Crainic, Hemmelmayr, Vera, Nolz, Pamela. 2015. Multi-objective synchronized transportation for inner city freight deliveries. OR, Wien, Österreich, 01.09. - 04.09.




The undeniable fact of increasing urbanization combined with the looming threats of climate change constitute the current challenges in city logistics. Supplying citizens with all necessary goods without deteriorating the quality of life in a city is difficult to accomplish. Therefore, we investigate the use of a more sustainable mode of transport, cargo bikes, in inner city delivery. We develop a two echelon routing scheme with synchronization of vans and cargo bikes. In our model we do not only focus on the mere economic objective to minimize monetary costs. Besides this economic objective we take into account the environmental objective expressed by emission costs and the social objective which is included for example by costs for traffic accidents and health risks induced by traffic. So we can include factors of all three pillars of sustainability in our optimization model. A combination of heuristic and exact methods is used to solve this NP-hard problem. We are going to present preliminary results for a test instance from Vienna. These results illustrate the influence of these types of costs and can therefore give planners a decision support in using such a more sustainable kind of freight distribution in a city.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Paper presented at an academic conference or symposium
Language English
Title Multi-objective synchronized transportation for inner city freight deliveries
Event OR
Year 2015
Date 01.09. - 04.09.
Country Austria
Location Wien


Anderluh, Alexandra (Former researcher)
Hemmelmayr, Vera (Details)
Nolz, Pamela (Former researcher)
Theodor, Crainic (UQAM, Canada)
Institute for Transport and Logistics Management (Details)
Research Institute for Supply Chain Management FI (Details)
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