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Title: Multi-method decision support framework for supply network design
Language: English
Authors: Timperio, Giuseppe 
de Souza, Robert 
Bernado, Boy Panjaitan 
Sakhuja, Sumit 
Sunardhi, Yoseph 
Keywords: Network Design; Network Optimization; Last Mile Logistics; Transportation Optimization
Issue Date: 13-Sep-2018
Publisher: epubli
Abstract (english): 
In a business context characterized by increased competition due to digital transformation and technological breakthroughs, massive penetration of online purchasing, greater customers’ expectations and switch of manufacturing paradigms, the role of logistics has become today more critical to firms than ever before. One critical initiative that logistics providers can undertake in order to gain a truly competitive edge is to optimally seize and utilize key resources such as storage and transportation assets. This paper is an effort in that direction and proposes a decision support framework to design a cost effective supply network in the last leg of deliveries. A case study based approach about a postal service provider in Southeast Asia is presented to showcase the applicability of the proposed framework.
By leveraging on the integration of data analytics, network optimization and simulation, this work highlights the advantages of adopting a holistic approach to decision making for the used case. Results show that number of storage facilities, and their locations, affect speed and cost-effectiveness of last mile distribution. For the case at hand, 18% of savings in transportation and warehousing cost with no impact on service level can be achieved by reducing the number of facilities in the network from 9 to 4. By reading the present paper, decision makers will gain insights on how to address challenges related with supply network design, transportation costs reduction and optimization of overstretched transportation routes.
Conference: Hamburg International Conference of Logistics (HICL) 2018 
DOI: 10.15480/882.1805
ISBN: 978-3-746765-35-8
ISSN: 2365-5070
Document Type: Chapter/Article (Proceedings)
License: CC BY-SA 4.0 (Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0) CC BY-SA 4.0 (Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0)
Part of Series: Proceedings of the Hamburg International Conference of Logistics (HICL) 
Volume number: 25
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