# Methodology for distribution centers location through multicriteria analysis and optimization

This paper presents a combined methodology based on multicriteria decision analysis and optimization for the distribution centers location problem. The initial approach consists of a set of relevant quantitative and qualitative attributes used for the decision of locating distribution centers. From quantitative criteria a multi-objective mathematical programming model to minimize costs is proposed. This model provides alternative solutions that may be compared to the other ones initially known. These solutions are assessed for a multicriteria decision model which incorporates qualitative considerations of the problem that are infeasible to represent algebraically. Therefore, the application of the multi-criteria decision analysis model evaluates a set of feasible solutions to suggest for the best alternative considering several attributes.

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Palabras clave: Distribution centers location problem, Multicriteria Methodology, Optimization

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DYNA http:--dyna.medellin.unal.edu.co- Methodology for distribution centers location through multicriteria analysis and optimization Metodología para localización de centros de distribución a través de análisis multicriterio y optimización Diego Soto-de la Vega a, José Geraldo Vidal-Vieira b and Eli Angela Vitor-Toso c b a MSc.
en Ingeniería de Producción, Universidade Federal de São Carlos, Brasil, die-soto@hotmail.com Dr.
en Ingeniería de Producción, Profesor Universidade Federal de São Carlos, Brasil, jose-vidal@ufscar.br c Dr.
en Ingeniería de Producción, Profesora Universidade Federal de São Carlos, Brasil, eli@ufscar.br Received: August 27th, 2013.
Received in revised form: October 28th, 2013.
Accepted: November 22th, 2013 Abstract This paper presents a combined methodology based on multicriteria decision analysis and optimization for the distribution centers location problem.
The initial approach consists of a set of relevant quantitative and qualitative attributes used for the decision of locating distribution centers.
From quantitative criteria a multi-objective mathematical programming model to minimize costs is proposed.
This model provides alternative solutions that may be compared to the other ones initially known.
These solutions are assessed for a multicriteria decision model which incorporates qualitative considerations of the problem that are infeasible to represent algebraically. Therefore, the application of the multi-criteria decision analysis model evaluates a set of feasible solutions to suggest for the best alternative considering several attributes. keywords: Distribution centers location problem, Multicriteria Methodology, Optimization. Resumen Este trabajo presenta una metodología combinada de carácter multicriterio basada en análisis de decisión y optimización para el problema de localización de centros de distribución.
La metodología consiste en definir un conjunto de atributos relevantes de carácter cuantitativ...