Cold chain management in hierarchical operational hub networks

Yalda Esmizadeh, Mahdi Bashiri, Hamed Jahani, Bernrdo Almada-Lobo

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This paper proposes a multi-objective mixed-integer linear programming to model a cold chain with complementary operations on a hierarchical hub network. Central hubs are linked to each other in the first level of the network and to the star network of the lower-level hubs. As for a case study, different hub levels provide various refreshing or freezing operations to keep the perishable goods fresh along the network. Disruption is formulated by the consideration of stochastic demand and multi-level freshness time windows. Regarding the solution, a genetic algorithm is also developed and compared for competing the large-sized networks.

Original languageEnglish
Article number102202
JournalTransportation Research, Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review
Early online date20 Jan 2021
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2021




  • Cold chain management (CCM)
  • Freshness time window
  • Hierarchical hub location problem
  • Operational hub
  • Perishable goods

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Transportation

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