Development of a shipment policy for collection centers

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Akhavan-Tabatabaei, Raha (2021) Development of a shipment policy for collection centers. Mathematics, 9 (12). ISSN 2227-7390 (Online)

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/ math9121385


Natural disasters represent a latent threat for every country in the world. Due to climate change and other factors, statistics show that they continue to be on the rise. This situation presents a challenge for the communities and the humanitarian organizations to be better prepared and react faster to natural disasters. In some countries, in-kind donations represent a high percentage of the supply for the operations, which presents additional challenges. This research proposes a Markov Decision Process (MDP) model to resemble operations in collection centers, where in-kind donations are received, sorted, packed, and sent to the affected areas. The decision addressed is when to send a shipment considering the uncertainty of the donations’ supply and the demand, as well as the logistics costs and the penalty of unsatisfied demand. As a result of the MDP a Monotone Optimal Non-Decreasing Policy (MONDP) is proposed, which provides valuable insights for decision-makers within this field. Moreover, the necessary conditions to prove the existence of such MONDP are presented

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:disaster relief; humanitarian logistics; collection centers; donations management; Markov decision process
Subjects:Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA273-280 Probabilities. Mathematical statistics
ID Code:41742
Deposited By:Raha Tabatabaei
Deposited On:21 Aug 2021 15:38
Last Modified:21 Aug 2021 15:38

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