In this paper the authors deal with the scheduling of inbound and outbound trucks to the available inbound and outbound doors at a cross dock facility. They assume that all trucks served at the facility need to meet several deadlines for deliveries and pick-ups and thus request a departure time window from the facility, penalizing the facility operator, on a unit of time basis, if that deadline is not met. To solve the resulting problem with reasonable computational effort, a memetic algorithm is developed and a number of computational examples show the efficiency of the proposed solution algorithm and the advantages of scheduling inbound and outbound trucks simultaneously, as opposed to sequentially. Copyright

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Keywords Cross-docking, Heuristics, Memetic algorithms, Optimization methods, Truck scheduling
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Journal International Journal of Information Systems and Supply Chain Management
Golias, M.M, Saharidis, G.K.D, Ivey, S, & Haralambides, H. (2013). Advances in truck scheduling at a cross dock facility. International Journal of Information Systems and Supply Chain Management, 6(3), 40–62. doi:10.4018/ijisscm.2013070102