A location-routing model for prepositioning and distributing emergency supplies

Aakil M. Caunhye, Yidong Zhang, Mingzhe Li, Xiaofeng Nie*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract / Description of output

We propose a two-stage location-routing model with recourse for integrated preparedness and response planning under uncertainty. The model is used for risk management in disaster situations where there are uncertainties in demand and the state of the infrastructure. We solve the two-stage model by converting it into a single-stage counterpart. The latter is then implemented in an illustrative example. Comparative analyses are run to investigate the (1) value of planning location and routing in a single model, (2) value of transshipment, (3) differences when an expected-value objective is used, and (4) value of transshipment in the expected-value model.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)161-176
Number of pages16
JournalTransportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review
Early online date30 Nov 2015
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2016

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • distribution
  • emergency logistics
  • location-routing
  • prepositioning
  • risk management
  • transshipment


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