In this chapter, we focus on home delivery, and, more specifically, on attended home delivery, where the consumer must be present for the delivery. To provide a high service level and to avoid delivery failures as much as possible, it is customary in attended home delivery services for the company to offer the customer a choice of narrow delivery time slots. The objective of this chapter is to highlight and illustrate issues arising in attended home delivery related to these time slots and to present and discuss promising approaches for addressing some of them. We will use Peapod, one of the more successful e-grocers, as an illustrative example.

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This work was partially supported by the National Science Foundation through grant number 0237726(Campbell) and by Stichting TRANSUMO through the project ‘Ketensynchronisatie’ (Agatz and Fleischmann)
Rotterdam School of Management (RSM), Erasmus University

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