A parcel network flow approach for joint delivery networks using parcel lockers
Shichang Pan, Lele Zhang, Russell G Thompson, Hadi Ghaderi
INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PRODUCTION RESEARCH | TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2020
Current courier networks in metropolitan areas are characterised by utilising fleets of vans that perform collection and distribution routes independently. This results in long stem distances, low load factors and high environmental costs. Joint delivery systems have the potential to reduce the distances of pick-up and drop-off routes. In this context, parcel lockers can be utilised to transfer goods between vans, electrical vehicles and bikes to improve the efficiency and sustainability of courier networks. This paper presents a model for designing joint delivery networks in urban areas by utilising parcel lockers. This model has a two-level structure: the lower level dealing with multi-dep..View full abstract
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