Title: Development of an optimised transport logistics system for supporting distribution operations

Authors: Peter K.H. Lau, Henry C.W. Lau

Addresses: Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong. ' Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong

Abstract: This paper presents the development of an Optimised Transport Logistics System (OTLS) that adopts Case-Based Reasoning (CBR) technology to select appropriate heuristics rules for planning cargo loading, and selecting the appropriate carrier. To validate the proposed system, a prototype has been developed and tested in a third-party logistics firm, which helps an electrical appliance manufacturing company to deliver its products to local department stores or customers. The case example is outlined with analysis of the feasibility of this proposed system, based on test results.

Keywords: intelligent transport logistics; cargo loading; case-based reasoning; CBR; heuristics; distribution operations; optimisation; carrier selection; third-party logistics; 3PL; electrical appliance manufacturing.

DOI: 10.1504/IJCAT.2008.018156

International Journal of Computer Applications in Technology, 2008 Vol.31 No.3/4, pp.187 - 196

Published online: 05 May 2008 *

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