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A Construction Heuristic for the Split Delivery Vehicle Routing Problem

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Author(s): Joseph Hubert Wilck IV | Tom M. Cavalier

Journal: American Journal of Operations Research
ISSN 2160-8830

Volume: 02;
Issue: 02;
Start page: 153;
Date: 2012;
Original page

Keywords: Vehicle Routing Problem | Transportation | Construction Heuristics

ABSTRACT
The Split Delivery Vehicle Routing Problem (SDVRP) is a relaxation of the Capacitated Vehicle Routing Problem (CVRP) where customers may be assigned to multiple routes. A new construction heuristic is developed for the SDVRP and computational results are given for thirty-two data sets from previous literature. With respect to the total travel distance, the construction heuristic compares favorably versus a column generation method and a two-phase method. In addition, the construction heuristic is computationally faster than both previous methods. This construction heuristic could be useful in developing initial solutions, very quickly, for a heuristic, algorithm, or exact procedure.

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