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16-8-2018 12:00 AM

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We discuss an alternative logistics concept for e-grocery operations using an urban network of refrigerated grocery lockers. Regarding the last mile delivery of food and other fast-moving consumer goods, customers either collect their orders by themselves or the products are delivered by means of electric cargo bicycles. To determine the optimal grocery locker locations and both, the routes from the lockers to the consumers as well as the routes from the depot to the grocery lockers, we propose a 2-echelon optimization model minimizing total costs. We present a Location Routing Problem (LRP) in combination with a customized Vehicle Routing Problem (VRP). With our decision support system (DSS), we react to the call of Malhotra et al. (2013) and Gholami et al. (2016) and address the lack of solution-oriented research. We contribute to the Green IS domain by extending the concept of e-grocery with an environmental and social component.

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Aug 16th, 12:00 AM

Decision Support for Urban E-Grocery Operations

We discuss an alternative logistics concept for e-grocery operations using an urban network of refrigerated grocery lockers. Regarding the last mile delivery of food and other fast-moving consumer goods, customers either collect their orders by themselves or the products are delivered by means of electric cargo bicycles. To determine the optimal grocery locker locations and both, the routes from the lockers to the consumers as well as the routes from the depot to the grocery lockers, we propose a 2-echelon optimization model minimizing total costs. We present a Location Routing Problem (LRP) in combination with a customized Vehicle Routing Problem (VRP). With our decision support system (DSS), we react to the call of Malhotra et al. (2013) and Gholami et al. (2016) and address the lack of solution-oriented research. We contribute to the Green IS domain by extending the concept of e-grocery with an environmental and social component.