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Optimizing Package Express Operations in China

Baris Yildiz (byildiz***at***ku.edu.tr)
Martin Savelsbergh (martin.savelsbergh***at***isye.gatech.edu)

Abstract: We explore optimization models to support the planning and operations functions at package express carriers in China. The models simultaneously consider ground and air transportation, company-owned and purchased capacity, multiple service products, and shipments becoming available throughout the day. An extensive computational study using real-life data shows the efficacy of the models, provides insights into the structure of effective express service networks, and analyzes the benefits of operational efficiency improvements on performance.

Keywords: Air transportation, Service network design, Express package delivery, column generation

Category 1: Applications -- OR and Management Sciences (Transportation )

Category 2: Applications -- OR and Management Sciences (Airline Optimization )

Category 3: Combinatorial Optimization


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Entry Submitted: 08/31/2018
Entry Accepted: 09/01/2018
Entry Last Modified: 09/17/2019

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