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Inventory Planning and Coordination in Disaster Relief Efforts
International Journal of Production Economics (2012)
  • Lauren B Davis, North Carolina A & T State University
  • Funda Samanlioglu, Kadir Has University
  • Xiuli Qu, North Carolina A & T State University
  • Sarah Root, University of Arkansas
Abstract
This research proposes a stochastic programming model to determine how supplies should be positioned and distributed among a network of cooperative warehouses. The model incorporates constraints that enforce equity in service while also considering traffic congestion resulting from possible evacuation behavior and time constraints for providing effective response. We make use of short-term information (e.g., hurricane forecasts) to more effectively preposition supplies in preparation for their distribution at an operational level. Through an extensive computational study, we characterize the conditions under which prepositioning is beneficial, as well as discuss the relationship between inventory placement, capacity and coordination within the network.
Publication Date
2012
Citation Information
Lauren B Davis, Funda Samanlioglu, Xiuli Qu and Sarah Root. "Inventory Planning and Coordination in Disaster Relief Efforts" International Journal of Production Economics Vol. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijpe.2012.09.012 (2012)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/lauren_b_davis/9/