Quotation Anderluh, Alexandra, Hemmelmayr, Vera, Nolz, Pamela. 2017. Synchronizing vans and cargo bikes in a city distribution network. Central European Journal of Operations Research 25 (2), 345-376.




One of the significant side-effects of growing urbanization is the constantly increasing amount of freight transportation in cities. This is mainly performed by conventional vans and trucks and causes a variety of problems such as road congestion, noise nuisance and pollution. Yet delivering goods to residents is a necessity. Sustainable concepts of city distribution networks are one way of mitigating difficulties of freight services. In this paper we develop a two-echelon city distribution scheme with temporal and spatial synchronization between cargo bikes and vans. The resulting heuristic is based on a greedy randomized adaptive search procedure with path relinking. In our computational experiments we use artificial data as well as real-world data of the city of Vienna. Furthermore we compare three distribution policies. The results show the costs caused by temporal synchronization and can give companies decision-support in planning a sustainable city distribution concept.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Central European Journal of Operations Research
Citation Index SCI
WU-Journal-Rating new STRAT-C, VW-D
Language English
Title Synchronizing vans and cargo bikes in a city distribution network
Volume 25
Number 2
Year 2017
Page from 345
Page to 376
Reviewed? Y
URL http://download.springer.com/static/pdf/727/art%253A10.1007%252Fs10100-016-0441-z.pdf?originUrl=http%3A%2F%2Flink.springer.com%2Farticle%2F10.1007%2Fs10100-016-0441-z&token2=exp=1493108559~acl=%2Fstatic%2Fpdf%2F727%2Fart%25253A10.1007%25252Fs10100-016-0441-z.pdf%3ForiginUrl%3Dhttp%253A%252F%252Flink.springer.com%252Farticle%252F10.1007%252Fs10100-016-0441-z*~hmac=b2acae05f54862b49d227e1f0c3c1a17164a5188c1e1cd86feca51ededaebfc3
DOI 10.1007/s10100-016-0441-z


Consolidation and Coordination in Urban Areas
Anderluh, Alexandra (Former researcher)
Hemmelmayr, Vera (Details)
Nolz, Pamela (AIT, Austria)
Institute for Transport and Logistics Management (Details)
Research Institute for Supply Chain Management FI (Details)
Research areas (Ă–STAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
1112 Logistics (Details)
5332 Transport economics (Details)
5347 Operations research (Details)
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