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.
Published December 2009 , 26 pages