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Discrete Dynamics in Nature and Society
Volume 2017 (2017), Article ID 9470943, 9 pages
Research Article

A Flexible Logistics Distribution Hub Model considering Cost Weighted Time

School of Logistics, Yunnan University of Finance and Economics, Kunming 650221, China

Correspondence should be addressed to Sen Liu

Received 14 March 2017; Revised 11 July 2017; Accepted 2 August 2017; Published 11 September 2017

Academic Editor: Allan C. Peterson

Copyright © 2017 Wenxue Ran et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The delivery time of order has become an important fact for customers to evaluate logistics services. Due to the diverse and large quantities of orders in the background of electronic commerce, how to improve the flexibility of distribution hub and reduce the waiting time of customers becomes one of the most challenging questions for logistics companies. With this in mind, this paper proposes a new method of flexibility assessment in distribution hub by introducing cost weighted time (CWT). The advantages of supply hub operation mode in delivery flexibility are verified by the approach: the mode has pooling effects and uniform distribution characteristics; these traits can reduce overlapping delivery time to improve the flexibility in the case of two suppliers. Numerical examples show that the supply hub operation mode is more flexible than decentralized distribution operation mode in multidelivery cycles.