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DOI: 10.4230/OASIcs.ATMOS.2022.4
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Gao, Zuguang ; Birge, John R. ; Chen, Richard Li-Yang ; Cheung, Maurice

Greedy Algorithms for the Freight Consolidation Problem

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We define and study the (ocean) freight consolidation problem (FCP), which plays a crucial role in solving today’s supply chain crisis. Roughly speaking, every day and every hour, a freight forwarder sees a set of shipments and a set of containers at the origin port. There is a shipment cost associated with assigning each shipment to each container. If a container is assigned any shipment, there is also a procurement cost for that container. The FCP aims to minimize the total cost of fulfilling all the shipments, subject to capacity constraints of the containers. In this paper, we show that no constant factor approximation exists for FCP, and propose a series of greedy based heuristics for solving the problem. We also test our heuristics with simulated data and show that our heuristics achieve small optimality gaps.

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  author =	{Gao, Zuguang and Birge, John R. and Chen, Richard Li-Yang and Cheung, Maurice},
  title =	{{Greedy Algorithms for the Freight Consolidation Problem}},
  booktitle =	{22nd Symposium on Algorithmic Approaches for Transportation Modelling, Optimization, and Systems (ATMOS 2022)},
  pages =	{4:1--4:19},
  series =	{Open Access Series in Informatics (OASIcs)},
  ISBN =	{978-3-95977-259-4},
  ISSN =	{2190-6807},
  year =	{2022},
  volume =	{106},
  editor =	{D'Emidio, Mattia and Lindner, Niels},
  publisher =	{Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik},
  address =	{Dagstuhl, Germany},
  URL =		{},
  URN =		{urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-171086},
  doi =		{10.4230/OASIcs.ATMOS.2022.4},
  annote =	{Keywords: Freight consolidation, heuristics, greedy algorithm}

Keywords: Freight consolidation, heuristics, greedy algorithm
Collection: 22nd Symposium on Algorithmic Approaches for Transportation Modelling, Optimization, and Systems (ATMOS 2022)
Issue Date: 2022
Date of publication: 06.09.2022

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