A Hybrid Approach for the Capacitated Vehicle Routing Problem with Time Windows
The Vehicle Routing Problem (VRP) is one of the most popular combinatorial optimization problems which is closely related to the real-life optimization challenges. Being developed for more than 60 years the problem has been considered in many different formulations. In real-life goods distribution such constraints as fleet size and mix, sitedependency constraints, hard and soft time windows, vehicle capacity constraints are very important. In this paper we consider Capacitated Vehicle Routing Problem with hard Time Windows. We propose a hybrid heuristic algorithm which contains elements of ant colony optimization strategy and tabu search technique. Our algorithm shows good performance and results for the well-known Solomon dataset.