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On coordination of product and waste flows in distribution networks: model formulations and solution procedures

Author: Van Wassenhove, Luk N. ; Ruwaard, Jacqueline ; Salomon, MarcINSEAD Area: Technology and Operations Management Series: Working Paper ; 92/23/TM Publisher: Fontainebleau : INSEAD, 1992.Language: EnglishDescription: 16 p.Type of document: INSEAD Working Paper Online Access: Click here Abstract: This paper studies the problem of coordinating product and waste flows in a two-level distribution network. In this problem, a single product is produced at multiple plants in order to fulfil customer demands. Furthermore, process waste is generated, which must be transported to waste disposal units. The problem objective is to determine suitable locations for plants and waste disposal units from a predetermined set of feasible locations, such that total costs are minimal. Here, total costs consist of fixed costs associated with opening plants and waste disposal units, and variable costs associated with transport of product and waste. Alternative mathematical model formulations for this problem are discussed and lower and upper bounding procedures are derived. The results from computational experiments -in which analysis is made of the numerical behaviour of these procedures- are also reported.
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This paper studies the problem of coordinating product and waste flows in a two-level distribution network. In this problem, a single product is produced at multiple plants in order to fulfil customer demands. Furthermore, process waste is generated, which must be transported to waste disposal units. The problem objective is to determine suitable locations for plants and waste disposal units from a predetermined set of feasible locations, such that total costs are minimal. Here, total costs consist of fixed costs associated with opening plants and waste disposal units, and variable costs associated with transport of product and waste. Alternative mathematical model formulations for this problem are discussed and lower and upper bounding procedures are derived. The results from computational experiments -in which analysis is made of the numerical behaviour of these procedures- are also reported.

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