Document Type: Research Paper
Department of Industrial Engineering, Science and Research Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran
This paper provides a model for evaluating the efficiency of a periodic vehicle routing problem (PVRP) to get the short routes with maximum sale by providing suitable services to customers before delivering the goods by other competitor distributors. In the goods distribution with short lifetime that customers need a special device for keeping them, the arriving time to customers influence on the sales amount, in which classical VRPs are unable to calculate this kind of assumptions. According to real world applications, the arriving time of the competitors is uncertain because of customer demands, traffic, weather conditions, and the like. A scenario approach is employed to handle the uncertainty of the arriving time of rivals. The purpose of this paper is to solve this problem by optimizing the sale of products to customers before delivering the products to other competitor distributors in an uncertain condition by robust optimization. To evaluate the presented model, a number of test problems are solved by two strategies of a differential evolution (DE) algorithm. Results are compared with those obtained by the CPLEX method in GAMS in small and medium sizes. To evaluate the proposed algorithm for solving large-scale problems, some solutions are implemented, and the results are compared in term of their accuracy. The computational results represent the capability of the proposed DE strategies in solving large-scale problems in a reasonable time.