Group for Research in Decision Analysis


Enhanced Branch-and-Price-and-Cut for Vehicle Routing with Split Deliveries and Time Windows

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In this paper, we study the split delivery vehicle routing problem with time windows SDVRPTW that is a variant of the well-known vehicle routing problem with time windows VRPTW where each customer can be served by more than one vehicle. We propose enhancement procedures for the exact branch-and-price-and-cut algorithm recently developed by Desaulniers (2009) for the SDVRPTW. In particular, we introduce a tabu search algorithm to solve the column generation subproblem, new classes of valid inequalities, and a new separation algorithm for the k-path inequalities. Computational results show the effectiveness of the proposed enhancements.

, 26 pages