Quotation Fikar, Christian, Hirsch, Patrick. 2015. A matheuristic for routing real-world home service transport systems facilitating walking. Journal of Cleaner Production, 105, 300-310.




This paper provides a solution procedure for a state-dependent real-world routing and scheduling problem motivated by challenges faced in the urban home service industry. A transport service delivers staff members of different qualification levels to clients and picks them up after completion of their services. The possibility to walk to clients, interdependencies, time windows, assignment constraints as well as mandatory working time and break regulations are considered. The introduced matheuristic consists of two stages, identifying potential walking-routes and optimising the transport system. The presented numerical studies are performed with real-world based instances from the Austrian Red Cross, a major home health care provider in Austria. The results show that implementing walking and pooling of trips in solution procedures decreases the number of required vehicles substantially.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation External
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Journal of Cleaner Production
Citation Index SCI
WU-Journal-Rating new FIN-A, INF-A, STRAT-B, WH-B
Language English
Title A matheuristic for routing real-world home service transport systems facilitating walking
Volume 105
Year 2015
Page from 300
Page to 310
Reviewed? Y
URL https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2014.07.013
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2014.07.013
Open Access N


Fikar, Christian (Details)
Hirsch, Patrick (Universität für Bodenkultur Wien, Austria)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
1112 Logistics (Details)
5347 Operations research (Details)
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