Coordinating production and distribution of jobs with bundling operations

Chung Lun Li, George Vairaktarakis

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We consider an integrated scheduling and distribution model in which jobs completed by two different machines must be bundled together for delivery. The objective is to minimize the sum of the delivery cost and customers' waiting costs. Such a model not only attempts to coordinate the job schedules on both machines, but also aims to coordinate the machine schedules with the delivery plan. Polynomial-time heuristics and approximation schemes are developed for the model with only direct shipments as well as the general model with milk-run deliveries.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)203-215
Number of pages13
JournalIIE Transactions (Institute of Industrial Engineers)
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2007


  • Bundling operations
  • Coordination
  • Distribution
  • Polynomial-time approximation schemes
  • Scheduling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Management Science and Operations Research


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