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Multiple‐buyer procurement auctions framework for humanitarian supply chain management

Mustafa A. Ertem (J.B. Hunt Transport, Inc., Lowell, Arkansas, USA)
Nebil Buyurgan (Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA)
Manuel D. Rossetti (Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA)

International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management

ISSN: 0960-0035

Article publication date: 20 April 2010

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to address the inefficiency in resource allocation for disaster relief procurement operations. It presents a holistic and reconfigurable procurement auctions‐based framework which includes the announcement construction, bid construction and bid evaluation phases.

Design/methodology/approach

The holistic framework is developed in a way that auctioneers and bidders compete amongst each other in multiple rounds of the procurement auction. Humanitarian organization in disaster locations are considered as auctioneers (buyers) and suppliers are considered as bidders.

Findings

Unique system parameters (e.g. announcement options, priority of items, bidder strategies, etc.) are introduced to represent the disaster relief environment in a practical way. The framework is verified by simulation and optimization techniques using the system characteristics of the disaster relief environment as an input. Based on the parameters and their values, behavioural changes of auctioneers and suppliers are observed.

Originality/value

Combining the three phases of procurement auctions is unique both in the auction literature and in the disaster relief research, and it helps the humanitarian organizations supply the immediate and long‐term requirements in the disaster location more efficiently.

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Citation

Ertem, M.A., Buyurgan, N. and Rossetti, M.D. (2010), "Multiple‐buyer procurement auctions framework for humanitarian supply chain management", International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management, Vol. 40 No. 3, pp. 202-227. https://doi.org/10.1108/09600031011035092

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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