n South African Journal of Industrial Engineering - Coordinated location, distribution and inventory decisions in supply chain network design : a multi-objective approach : case study

Volume 23, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1012-277X



This research presents an integrated multi-objective distribution model for use in simultaneous strategic and operational food supply chain (SC) planning. The proposed method is adopted to allow use of a performance measurement system that includes conflicting objectives such as distribution costs, customer service level (safety stock holding), resource utilisation, and the total delivery time, with reference to multiple warehouse capacities and uncertain forecast demands. To deal with these objectives and enable the decision makers (DMs) to evaluate a greater number of alternative solutions, three different approaches are implemented in the proposed solution procedure. A detailed case study derived from food industrial data is used to illustrate the preference of the proposed approach. The proposed method yields an efficient solution and an overall degree of DMs' satisfaction with the determined objective values.

Die navorsing behandel 'n geïntegreerde multidoelwit distribusiemodel vir strategiese beplanning van 'n voedseltoevoerketting. Om met die model doelmatig te werk, moet 'n versameling van randvoorwaardes hanteer word om die saamgestelde optimiseringsdoelwit te bereik teen 'n agtergrond van uiteenlopende sienings.

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