Baykasoglu A., Kaplanoglu V., EROL R. , ŞAHİN C.

TRANSPORT, vol.26, no.3, pp.320-328, 2011 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 26 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Doi Number: 10.3846/16484142.2011.622141
  • Title of Journal : TRANSPORT
  • Page Numbers: pp.320-328


Logistics companies mainly provide land transportation services facing with difficulties in making effective operational decisions. This is especially the case of making load/capacity/route planning and load consolidation where customer orders are generally unpredictable and subject to sudden changes. Classical modelling and decision support systems are mostly insufficient for providing satisfactory solutions in a reasonable time solving such dynamic problems. Agent-based approaches, especially multi-agent paradigms that can be considered as relatively new members of system science and software engineering, are providing effective mechanisms for modelling dynamic systems generally operating under unpredictable environments and having a high degree of complex interactions. It seems that multi-agent paradigms have big potential for handling complex problems in land transportation logistics. Based on this motivation, the paper proposes a multi-agent based framework for load consolidation problems of third-party logistics companies.