Strategic supply chain design for an Austrian winter road service provider

Thomas Felberbauer, Alexander Hübl, Klaus Altendorfer

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Abstract

Snowplow operations are critical for public safety and economic success in countries where difficult driving conditions occur in winter. Specifically, the salt supply ensuring good driving conditions is a crucial factor. In this paper, the strategic supply chain design of a winter service provider in Austria is investigated. Two research directions on the influence of bigger and fewer salt silos per depot and the logistic costs for a unique summer salt purchasing strategy are addressed applying two independent solution approaches. On the same data basis, a simulation model is developed and a mixed integer linear problem is applied to answer the respective research questions. The first study shows that the current depot availability is quite good but that bigger and fewer salt silos per depot could be a risk. Finally, the second study shows the logistic costs for the unique summer salt purchasing strategy and the optimal salt warehouse locations.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWSC 2018 - 2018 Winter Simulation Conference
Subtitle of host publicationSimulation for a Noble Cause
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages3120-3131
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781538665725
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 31 Jan 2019
Event2018 Winter Simulation Conference, WSC 2018 - Gothenburg, Sweden
Duration: 9 Dec 201812 Dec 2018

Publication series

NameProceedings - Winter Simulation Conference
Volume2018-December
ISSN (Print)0891-7736

Conference

Conference2018 Winter Simulation Conference, WSC 2018
CountrySweden
CityGothenburg
Period09.12.201812.12.2018

Keywords

  • Simulation
  • simulation-based optimization
  • network planning

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