An Agent-Based Approach to Vehicle Dispatch and Route Planning in a Dynamic Milk Collection Network

Mumtaz, Dr. Mohammad Kamran1
1Institute of Business Administration, Karachi

Abstract: Milk collection research has taken a static approach to vehicle route planning where vehicle routes are determined before the milk collection tankers leave the central depot (dispatch point) for milk collection. However, milk collection is a dynamic phenomenon where milk collection requests may arrive after the vehicles have left the dispatch point. In this paper we develop an agent-based model for vehicle dispatch policy and route planning in a dynamic milk collection environment. The model is tested under various conditions present in a milk collection network. Data is collected from a large dairy processor in Pakistan. The model is found robust under all conditions tested.

Keywords: Milk Collection, Supply & Distribution network, Agent-Based Modeling