Integrated production and distribution scheduling for perishable products

Document Type : Article


Department of Industrial Engineering, Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran, Iran


This study is concerned with how the quality of perishable products can be improved by shortening the time interval between production and distribution. Since special types of food, such as dairy products, decay fast, the Integration of Production and Distribution Scheduling (IPDS), is investigated. This article deals with a variation of IPDS that contains a short shelf life product; hence, there is no inventory of the product in the process. Once a speci c amount of the product is produced, it must be transported with the least transportation time directly to various customer positions within its limited lifespans to minimize the delivery and tardy costs required to complete producing and distributing of the product to satisfy the demand of customers within the limited deadline. After developing a mixed-integer nonlinear programming model of the problem, because it is NP-hard, an Improved Particle Swarm Optimization (IPSO) is proposed. IPSO performance is compared with commercial optimization software for small-size and moderate-size problems. For large-size ones, it is compared with the genetic algorithm existing in the literature. Computational experiments show the eciency and e ectiveness of the proposed IPSO in terms of both the quality of the solution and the time of achieving
the best solution .


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