Supply Chain Network Design Using Constraint Programming
Supply chain network offers an efficient service design by meeting demands of customers with minimum cost for the retailers. The term of the design in supply chain management contains the selection of suppliers including manufacturers, distribution center and carriers for the transportation of products from producers to stores. This paper provides two mathematical modelling alternatives for designing supply chain networks: integer programming (IP) and constraint programming (CP). After presenting the general environment of the supply chains, two approaches are adapted to the problem in a hypothetical case. The results of the numerical studies show that CP is a considerable alternative approach on designing supply chain networks.
Index Terms- Constraint Programming, Integer Programming, Supply Chain Network Design,