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Introduction

Logistics is one of the key concepts of industrial engineering that has received increasing attention throughout the years. This book focuses on some recent developments in global logistics and will therefore provide some of the more exciting applications, developments, and implementations of classical operations research techniques on logistics problems. This book contains 13 chapters on topics ranging from continuous location models to disaster relief logistics. Chapters 1 and 2 are devoted to some variations and recent developments in the most classical logistic problem, the vehicle routing problem (VRP), followed by analyses and discussions on various logistics problems of airline and marine systems. The book details a wide range of application-oriented studies, ranging from a metropolitan bus routing problem to relief logistics. The problems encountered in continuous space deserve special attention and an overview of continuous location problems is provided in Chapter 11. Finally, Chapters 12 and 13 discuss the issue of consolidation, scheduling, and replenishment decisions together with routing.