Time Slot Management in Attended Home Delivery
Transportation Science , Volume 45 - Issue 3 p. 435- 449
Many e-tailers providing attended home delivery, especially e-grocers, offer narrow delivery time slots to ensure satisfactory customer service. The choice of delivery time slots has to balance marketing and operational considerations, which results in a complex planning problem. We study the problem of selecting the set of time slots to offer in each of the zip codes in a service region. The selection needs to facilitate cost-effective delivery routes, but also needs to ensure an acceptable level of service to the customer. We present a fully automated approach that is capable of producing high-quality delivery time slot offerings in a short amount of time. Computational experiments reveal the value of this approach and the impact of the environment on the underlying trade-offs.
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Savelsbergh, M.W.P, Fleischmann, M, Agatz, N.A.H, & Campbell, A.M. (2011). Time Slot Management in Attended Home Delivery. Transportation Science, 45(3), 435–449. doi:10.1287/trsc.1100.0346