Analysis and optimization of the pharmaceutical distribution chain of NIGAPHARM company:A case study in Algeria

September 2021
Learning and Innovating
Communications avec actes dans un congrès international
Auteurs : Nabila YALAOUI (MELT), Imen FERHAT (MELT), Fouad MALIKI (MELT), Mehdi Sou (MELT), M'hammed Sahnoun (LINEACT)
Conférence : The 50th Annual Conference of the Operations Research Society of South Africa, 11 September 2021

Pharmaceutical distribution chain represents one of the most difficult distribution chains to manage. It is made up of several intermediate links that must interact in order to satisfy customer demands. The system under study represents a real world case in Algeria; we noticed that the circuits used by delivery’s vehicles are not optimal after analyzing the distribution chain of the company. This paper deals with NIGAPHARM's distribution network and propose to minimize the total distance driven by the vehicles for short and long distances by selecting the optimal routes planning respecting realistic constraints of this VRP problem.