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CPEL Redesigns Its Land Express Network
Tongji University, Peoples R China .
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Production Economics. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Anaesthetics, Operations and Specialty Surgery Center, Department of Hand and Plastic Surgery.
Tongji University, Peoples R China .
Tongji University, Peoples R China .
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2013 (English)In: Interfaces, ISSN 0092-2102, E-ISSN 1526-551X, Vol. 43, no 3, 221-231 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The China Postal Express and Logistics Corporation (CPEL), Chinas largest corporation in the express delivery industry, is restructuring its nationwide land express network after completing its reorganization. In this redesign project, we proposed a network design framework and developed a decision support system (MMHHSNDDSS) to integrate and optimize the topology structure and functional configuration of CPELs intermodal and multilayered network. Our model seeks to minimize operations and investment costs, constrained by the delivery time limits of CPELs service products. Using MMHHSNDDSS, CPELs senior management team can determine the optimal network by incorporating soft constraints, such as the experience of CPELs decision makers, into a series of solutions. According to an evaluation based on data gathered in 2009, CPEL expects the new network to improve service levels and provide savings of more than 20 percent in annual operations costs. The implementation of our proposed solution began in 2010. In addition, the quantitative methods applied in this project have changed the companys attitude toward applying operations research methods to strategic decision-making processes.

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INFORMS (Institute for Operations Research and Management Sciences) , 2013. Vol. 43, no 3, 221-231 p.
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industries; transportation and shipping; technology; models; network
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Engineering and Technology
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-96139DOI: 10.1287/inte.1120.0670ISI: 000320290200002OAI: diva2:640742
Available from: 2013-08-14 Created: 2013-08-14 Last updated: 2015-09-04

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