Optimization in Supply Chain

  • Harun PirimEmail author
  • Umar Al-Turki
  • Bekir Sami Yilbas
Part of the SpringerBriefs in Applied Sciences and Technology book series (BRIEFSAPPLSCIENCES)


Transportation and facility location decisions are crucial in strategic supply chain design. Optimization models guide location decisions giving the optimal site selection under certain assumptions and constraints. It is an art to decide which model to use and how to modify the results based on the needs of a company. This chapter presents some of the important optimization models in supply chain. Mathematical formulations and solution procedures are also given. The models can be expanded for multi-echelon supply chains and/or include multiple products.


Facility location Transportation Linear programming Integer programming 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Harun Pirim
    • 1
    Email author
  • Umar Al-Turki
    • 1
  • Bekir Sami Yilbas
    • 2
  1. 1.Systems Engineering DepartmentKing Fahd University of Petroleum and MineralsDhahranSaudi Arabia
  2. 2.Mechanical Engineering DepartmentKing Fahd University of Petroleum and MineralsDhahranSaudi Arabia

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