A memetic algorithm for bi-objective integrated forward/reverse logistics network design

Mir Saman Pishvaee, Reza Zanjirani Farahani, Wout Dullaert*

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Logistics network design is a major strategic issue due to its impact on the efficiency and responsiveness of the supply chain. This paper proposes a model for integrated logistics network design to avoid the sub-optimality caused by a separate, sequential design of forward and reverse logistics networks. First, a bi-objective mixed integer programming formulation is developed to minimize the total costs and maximize the responsiveness of a logistics network. To find the set of non-dominated solutions, an efficient multi-objective memetic algorithm is developed. The proposed solution algorithm uses a new dynamic search strategy by employing three different local searches. To assess the quality of the novel solution approach, the quality of its Pareto-optimal solutions is compared to those generated by an existing powerful multi-objective genetic algorithm from the recent literature and to exact solutions obtained by a commercial solver.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1100-1112
Number of pages13
JournalComputers and Operations Research
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2010


  • Closed loop supply chain network
  • Integrated logistics network
  • Memetic algorithm
  • Multi-objective optimization


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