Routing decisions with recycle and handling reliability options in distribution network using genetic algorithm

Sai Ho Chung, Hing Kai Chan

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Routing decision is an essential element to the efficiency of a distribution network as its configuration determines the flow of different products via various transition points. Traditionally, factors, such as cost and distance, will usually be considered. However, different handling reliability and the ability of recycling wastes, packaging materials for example, in some transition points could affect the performance of the network. The objective of this paper is to propose a genetic algorithm to determine the flow and route of products in a distribution network. It simultaneously considers various factors such as cost, distance, the handling reliability, and recycling ability in different transition point. A numerical example is presented to illustrate the conflicts between the different factors to the performance of the distribution network under study, and thus how the proposed algorithm can handle the trade-off in such a multi-criterion decision making problem.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2010 IEEE International Conference on Automation and Logistics, ICAL 2010
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 17 Nov 2010
Event2010 IEEE International Conference on Automation and Logistics, ICAL 2010 - Shatin, Hong Kong
Duration: 16 Aug 201020 Aug 2010


Conference2010 IEEE International Conference on Automation and Logistics, ICAL 2010
Country/TerritoryHong Kong


  • Distribution networks
  • Genetic algorithm
  • Handling reliability
  • Multi-criterion decision making
  • Recycling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering

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