Logistics Systems: Design and Optimization / Edition 1

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In a context of global competition, the optimization of logistics systems is inescapable Logistics Systems: Design and Optimization falls within this perspective and presents twelve chapters that well illustrate the variety and the complexity of logistics activities. Each chapter is written by recognized researchers who have been commissioned to survey a specific topic or emerging area of logistics. The first chapter by Riopel, Langevin, and Campbell, develops a framework for the entire book. It classifies logistics decisions and highlights the relevant linkages to logistics decisions. The intricacy of these linkages demonstrates how thoroughly the decisions are interrelated and underscores the complexity of managing logistics activities. Each of the following chapters focus on quantitative methods for the design and optimization of logistics systems.

Some of the chapter topics include the following. The recent research on expanding facility location decisions in different supply chain contexts. The specific functions of a distribution center vis-a-vis the classical warehouse. A taxonomy of warehouse decision models in terms of efficient warehousing. Transportation and production planning of reverse logistics. The research on the operation of port container terminals is systematically examined. An assessment of the recent metaheuristics advances in the vehicle routing problem. An impact analysis of customer centricity, personalization, and collaboration verses the agility of network stakeholders using a comprehensive operations planning optimization model specifically for this product context of high-value products like vehicles, computers, equipment, etc. Chapter material drawsliberally on case material and real world applications.

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"Langevin and Riopel cover the variety and the complexity of logistics activities in 12 chapters written by well-known researchers … . the book could be appropriate for graduate-level courses or for self-study by professionals in engineering, manufacturing, and production logistics. … I highly recommend the book to students and professionals who are not familiar with these topics … . In conclusion, Logistics Systems is an attractive book … that will be particularly useful as a reference for researchers, engineers, and graduate students." (Sergio Ubeda, Interfaces, Vol. 37 (2), 2007)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780387249711
  • Publisher: Springer US
  • Publication date: 3/25/2005
  • Series: GERAD 25th Anniversary Series
  • Edition description: 2005
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 388
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Table of Contents

1 The network of logistics decisions 1
2 Facility location in supply chain design 39
3 Distribution centres in supply chain operations 67
4 Operational research methods for efficient warehousing 93
5 Models and methods for facilities layout design from an applicability to real-world perspective 123
6 The design, planning, and optimization of reverse logistics networks 171
7 Models and methods for operations in port container terminals 213
8 Strategic network design for motor carriers 245
9 New heuristics for the vehicle routing problem 279
10 Routing propane deliveries 299
11 Synchronized production-distribution planning in the pulp and paper industry 323
12 Production planning optimization modeling in demand and supply chains of high-value consumer products 351
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