Shift designs for freight handling personnel at air cargo terminals

Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article – Annual report year: 2009

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This paper presents an integrated mixed integer linear programming (MILP) model for determining manpower requirements and related personnel shift designs for the build-up and break-down of the unit load devices (ULDs) at the air cargo terminal to minimize manpower costs. To utilize the manpower resources efficiently, we implement a new mechanism for demand leveling. In addition, we consider the qualification hierarchy between build-up and break-down workers. A case study based on the real-life data shows that the model is useful for manpower planning at air cargo terminals and the integrated approach is far superior to a traditional two-stage approach.
Original languageEnglish
JournalTransportation Review. Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review
Publication date2009
Volume45
Issue5
Pages725-739
ISSN1366-5545
DOIs
StatePublished
CitationsWeb of Science® Times Cited: 4

Keywords

  • Air cargo terminal, Demand leveling, Mixed integer linear programming, Personnel shift scheduling, Hierarchical workforces
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