Designing effective proactive transshipments in retail networks

Thomas Archibald, Kevin Glazebrook, Sandra Rauscher

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Proactive transshipments are a means to redistribute inventory in a retail network in order to better meet future customer demand. Proactive transshipment is used when, for example, there are convenient times to redistribute inventory in the network or customers require immediate service. Planning proactive transshipments involves deciding when to redistribute inventory, which locations to involve in the transshipments and how much inventory to transship between the locations. This research proposes a model that can be used to plan proactive transshipments in a general setting. A heuristic transshipment policy is proposed that is shown to perform well compared to commonly used policies on a wide range of test problems.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Event29th European Conference on Operational Research -, Valencia, Spain
Duration: 8 Jul 201811 Jul 2018


Conference29th European Conference on Operational Research
Abbreviated titleEURO 2018


  • inventory
  • stochastic models
  • programming
  • dynamic


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