Stochastic vehicle routing with modified savings algorithm

Moshe Dror, Pierre Trudeau

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A stochastic vehicle routing problem (SVRP) differs from the well known vehicle routing problem (VRP) in that the actual customer demand is not known with certainty when the vehicle routes are designed. One aspect that differentiates between these problems is the notion of route failure. Route failure indicates a situation where a vehicle cannot complete all the deliveries on a designed route because its supply is exhausted at some point along the route, before the route's demand is fully satisfied. In this paper, we illustrate the effects of route failure on the expected cost of a route, as well as the impact the direction of a designed route can have on the expected cost. In addition, we present a straight-forward modification of the Clark and Wright savings algorithm to account more fully for all the costs inherent in many real routing problems, where the customers actual demands are uncertain.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)228-235
Number of pages8
JournalEuropean Journal of Operational Research
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1986


  • Distribution
  • computational analysis
  • road transportation
  • stochastic processes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Computer Science
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Information Systems and Management


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