Integrated production-distribution planning optimization models: A review in collaborative networks context


  • Beatriz Andres Universitat Politècnica de València
  • Raquel Sanchis Universitat Politècnica de València
  • Jaques Lamothe University of Toulouse
  • Leila Saari VTT Technological research centre of VTT Ltd.
  • Frederic Hauser Laboratoire Pierre Fabre Dermo Cosmetique



Collaborative planning, Supply chain, Production planning, Distribution planning


Researchers in the area of collaborative networks are more and more aware of proposing collaborative approaches to address planning processes, due to the advantages associated when enterprises perform integrated planning models. Collaborative production-distribution planning, among the supply network actors, is considered a proper mechanism to support enterprises on dealing with uncertainties and dynamicity associated to the current markets. Enterprises, and especially SMEs, should be able to overcome the continuous changes of the market by increasing their agility. Carrying out collaborative planning allows enterprises to enhance their readiness and agility for facing the market turbulences. However, SMEs have limited access when incorporating optimization tools to deal with collaborative planning, reducing their ability to respond to the competition. The problem to solve is to provide SMEs affordable solutions to support collaborative planning. In this regard, new optimisation algorithms are required in order to improve the collaboration within the supply network partners. As part of the H2020 Cloud Collaborative Manufacturing Networks (C2NET) research project, this paper presents a study on integrated production and distribution plans. The main objective of the research is to identify gaps in current optimization models, proposed to address integrated planning, taking into account the requirements and needs of the industry. Thus, the needs of the companies belonging to the industrial pilots, defined in the C2NET project, are identified; analysing how these needs are covered by the optimization models proposed in the literature, to deal with the integrated production-distribution planning.


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Author Biographies

Beatriz Andres, Universitat Politècnica de València

Research Centre on Production Management and Engineering (CIGIP)

Escuela Politécnica Superior de Alcoy

Centre d’Innovació i Investigació

Raquel Sanchis, Universitat Politècnica de València

Research Centre on Production Management and Engineering (CIGIP)

Escuela Politécnica Superior de Alcoy

Centre d’Innovació i Investigació

Jaques Lamothe, University of Toulouse

Mines Albi

Industrial Engineering Centre


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How to Cite

Andres, B., Sanchis, R., Lamothe, J., Saari, L., & Hauser, F. (2017). Integrated production-distribution planning optimization models: A review in collaborative networks context. International Journal of Production Management and Engineering, 5(1), 31–38.