Delivery strategies for blood products supplies

  • Hemmelmayr V
  • Doerner K
  • Hartl R
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Abstract

We introduce a problem faced by the blood bank of the AustrianRed Cross for Eastern Austria: how to cost-effectively organize the delivery of blood products to Austrian hospitals? We investigate the potential value of switching from the current vendee-managed inventory set up to a vendor-managed inventory system.We present solution approaches based on integer programming and variable neighborhood search and evaluate their performance.

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  • Blood delivery
  • Fixed routes
  • Inventory routing
  • Variable neighborhood search

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