Integrated production-distribution planning optimization models: A review in collaborative networks context

Beatriz Andres (Corresponding Author), Raquel Sanchis, Jaques Lamothe, Leila Saari, Frederic Hauser

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    Researchers in the are of collaborative networks are more and more aware of proposing collaborative approaches to address planning processes, due to the advantages associated when enterprises perform integrated planning models. Collaborative production-distribution planning, among the supply network actors, is considered a proper mechanism to support enterprises on dealing with uncertainties and dynamicity associated to the current markets. Enterprises, and especially SMEs, should be able to overcome the continuous changes of the market by increasing their agility. Carrying out collaborative planning allows enterprises to enhance their readiness and agility for facing the market turbulences. However, SMEs have limited access when incorporating optimization tools to deal with collaborative planning, reducing their ability to respond to the competition. The problem to solve is to provide SMEs affordable solutions to support collaborative planning. In this regard, new optimisation algorithms are required in order to improve the collaboration within the supply network partners. As part of the H2020 Cloud Collaborative Manufacturing Networks (C2NET) research project, this paper presents a study on integrated production and distribution plans. The main objective of the research is to identify gaps in current optimization models, proposed to address integrated planning, taking into account the requirements and needs of the industry. Thus, the needs of the companies belonging to the industrial pilots, defined in the C2NET project, are identified; analysing how these needs are covered by the optimization models proposed in the literature, to deal with the integrated production-distribution planning.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)31-38
    JournalInternational Journal of Production Management and Engineering
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2017
    MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


    • collaborative planning
    • supply chain
    • production planning
    • distribution planning


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