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The Vehicle Routing Problem: Latest Advances and New Challenges / Edition 1

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The Vehicle Routing Problem (VRP) has been an especially active and fertile area of research. Over the past five to seven years, there have been numerous technological advances and exciting challenges that are of considerable interest to students, teachers, and researchers. The Vehicle Routing Problem: Latest Advances and New Challenges will focus on a host of significant technical advances that have evolved over the past few years for modeling and solving vehicle routing problems and variants. New approaches for solving VRPs have been developed from important methodological advances. These developments have resulted in faster solution algorithms, more accurate techniques, and an improvement in the ability to solve large-scale, complex problems.

The book will systematically examine these recent developments in the VRP and provide the following in a unified and carefully developed presentation: Present novel problems that have arisen in the vehicle routing domain and highlight new challenges for the field; Present significant methodological advances or new approaches for solving existing vehicle routing problems; Summarize the most significant research results for the vehicle routing problem and its variants from 2000 to the present.

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"The routing of vehicles with limited capacities for carrying goods or people is one of the major problems in transport logistics. … The book is clearly structured and mostly well written. I can recommend it to any reader who wants to deepen his or her understanding of vehicle routing problems. … the book is not only suited for experts in the area of vehicle routing but also for interested practitioners (especially the application-oriented chapters); and students." (T Hanne, Journal of the Operational Research Society, Vol. 60 (11), 2009)

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Table of Contents

Overviews and Surveys.- Routing a Heterogeneous Fleet of Vehicles.- A Decade of Capacitated Arc Routing.- Inventory Routing.- The Period Vehicle Routing Problem and its Extensions.- The Split Delivery Vehicle Routing Problem: A Survey.- Challenges and Advances in A Priori Routing.- Metaheuristics for the Vehicle Routing Problem and Its Extensions: A Categorized Bibliography.- Parallel Solution Methods for Vehicle Routing Problems.- Recent Developments in Dynamic Vehicle Routing Systems.- New Directions in Modeling and Algorithms.- Online Vehicle Routing Problems: A Survey.- Modeling and Solving the Capacitated Vehicle Routing Problem on Trees.- Using a Genetic Algorithm to Solve the Generalized Orienteering Problem.- An Integer Linear Programming Local Search for Capacitated Vehicle Routing Problems.- Robust Branch-Cut-and-Price Algorithms for Vehicle Routing Problems.- Recent Models and Algorithms for One-to-One Pickup and Delivery Problems.- One-to-Many-to-One Single Vehicle Pickup and Delivery Problems.- Challenges and Opportunities in Attended Home Delivery.- Chvátal-Gomory Rank-1 Cuts Used in a Dantzig-Wolfe Decomposition of the Vehicle Routing Problem with Time Windows.- Vehicle Routing Problems with Inter-Tour Resource Constraints.- From Single-Objective to Multi-Objective Vehicle Routing Problems: Motivations, Case Studies, and Methods.- Practical Applications.- Vehicle Routing for Small Package Delivery and Pickup Services.- Advances in Meter Reading: Heuristic Solution of the Close Enough Traveling Salesman Problem over a Street Network.- Multiperiod Planning and Routing on a Rolling Horizon for Field Force Optimization Logistics.- Health Care Logistics, Emergency Preparedness, and Disaster Relief: New Challenges for Routing Problems with a Focus on the Austrian Situation.- Vehicle Routing Problems and Container Terminal Operations – An Update of Research.

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