A Robust Optimization Approach to Supply Chain Management
Author(s)Bertsimas, Dimitris J.; Thiele, Aurélie
We propose a general methodology based on robust optimization to address the problem of optimally controlling a supply chain subject to stochastic demand in discrete time. The attractive features of the proposed approach are: (a) It incorporates a wide variety of phenomena, including demands that are not identically distributed over time and capacity on the echelons and links; (b) it uses very little information on the demand distributions; (c) it leads to qualititatively similar optimal policies (basestock policies) as in dynamic programming; (d) it is numerically tractable for large scale supply chain problems even in networks, where dynamic programming methods face serious dimensionality problems; (e) in preliminary computation experiments, it often outperforms dynamic programming based solutions for a wide range of parameters.
High Performance Computation for Engineered Systems (HPCES);
robust optimization approach, supply chain management, stochastic demand, discrete time