The paper addresses the optimal design of the last branch of the supply chain, i.e., the Distribution Network (DN), starting from manufacturers till the retailers. Considering a distributed system composed of different stages connected by material links labeled with suitable performance indices, a procedure employing digraph modeling and mixed integer linear programming is presented to select the (sub)optimal DN configuration. The optimization model is applied under structural constraints to a case study describing the distribution chain of a large enterprise of southern Italy producing consumer goods. The problem solution provides different structures allowing the improvement of the DN flexibility and performance.
|Titolo:||A Model for the Strategic Design of Distribution Networks|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2010|
|Nome del convegno:||IEEE Conference on Automation Science and Engineering, CASE 2010|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/COASE.2010.5584706|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||4.1 Contributo in Atti di convegno|