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Decision Support Tools for Competitive USDA Food Aid Bidding
Transportation Research Part E (2016)
  • Jomon Aliyas Paul, Kennesaw State University
  • Xinfang (Jocelyn) Wang, Georgia Southern University

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) currently uses a bidding system to determine carriers and suppliers that would partner in providing food aid annually in response to global emergencies and famine. We mimic the USDA approach via a robust optimization model featuring box and ellipsoid uncertainty frameworks to account for uncertainties in demand, supplier and carrier bid prices. Through a case study utilizing historical invoice data, we demonstrate our model applicability in improving ocean carrier and food supplier bid pricing strategy and similar supply chain network optimization problems. Through a validation algorithm we demonstrate the value of our robust models.

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Jomon Aliyas Paul and Xinfang (Jocelyn) Wang. "Decision Support Tools for Competitive USDA Food Aid Bidding" Transportation Research Part E (2016)
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