Delivery pattern and transportation planning in grocery retailing

Details zur Publikation
Abkürzung der Fachzeitschrift: EJOR
Autorenliste: Holzapfel A., Hübner A., Kuhn H., Sternbeck M.
Jahr der Veröffentlichung: 2016
Quelle: European Journal of Operational Research
Bandnummer: 252
Heftnummer: 1
Erste Seite: 54
Letzte Seite: 68
Verlag: Elsevier
ISSN: 0377-2217
DOI: 10.1016/j.ejor.2015.12.036
Sprachen: Englisch
Peer reviewed


This paper develops a planning concept for defining repetitive delivery
patterns according to which stores of a grocery retailer are supplied
from a distribution center. Applying repetitive delivery patterns offers
major advantages when scheduling the workforce for shelf replenishment,
defining cyclic transportation routes and managing warehouse
capacities. In doing so, all logistics subsystems of a retail chain,
i.e., warehousing, transportation and instore logistics, are jointly
scheduled. We propose a novel model to minimize total costs in all
associated subsystems of a retail distribution chain. A solution
approach is developed for clustering stores and selecting delivery
patterns that reflects practical requirements. A broad numerical
analysis demonstrates cost savings of 2.5 percent on average compared to
a state-of-the-art approach (see Sternbeck & Kuhn, 2014). This
considerable cost reduction potential is confirmed by applying the
suggested approach to a real case of a major European grocery retailer.