Heuristic methods for the periodic Shipper Lane Selection Problem in transportation auctions

Chefi Triki*, Seyedmehdi Mirmohammadsadeghi, Sujan Piya

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In the Shipper Lane Selection Problem (SLSP) a set of lanes should be classified either to be serviced by the shipper's fleet or through auction. However, it is common in real-life problems that the same lane should be served multiple times during the planning horizon. In this study, the periodicity nature of the problem is incorporated into the SLSP. Thus, a novel variant of the problem, namely the Periodic SLSP (P-SLSP) is introduced. The aim is to achieve savings on the shipper transportation costs over the extended horizon. The problem is modeled as an integer programming formulation and solved first with a general purpose software. Subsequently, three different heuristic methods have been developed to overcome the limitation of the exact full-space method. The validity of the model as well as the efficiency of the heuristics have been tested by using a properly modified set of Solomon's benchmark problems. Intensive computational analysis indicates the appropriateness of the proposed heuristics and their relevance for solving large-scale P-SLSPs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)182-191
Number of pages10
JournalComputers and Industrial Engineering
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1 2017


  • Auctions
  • Shipper Lane Selection Problem
  • Simulated annealing
  • Synergy
  • Transportation procurement

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Computer Science
  • General Engineering


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