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A disaster relief commodity supply chain network considering emergency relief volunteers: a case study

Omid Kebriyaii (Department of Industrial Engineering, Iran University of Science and Technology, Tehran, Iran)
Marzieh Hamzehei (Department of Industrial Engineering, Iran University of Science and Technology, Tehran, Iran)
Mohammad Khalilzadeh (Centrum Católica Graduate Business School, Lima, Peru) (Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, Lima, Peru)

Journal of Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Management

ISSN: 2042-6747

Article publication date: 9 April 2021

Issue publication date: 19 July 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

The number of natural and man-made disasters is remarkable and threatened human lives at the time of occurrence and also after that. Therefore, an efficient response following a disaster can eliminate or mitigate the adverse effects. This paper aims to help address those challenges related to humanitarian logistics by considering disaster network design under uncertainty and the management of emergency relief volunteers simultaneously.

Design/methodology/approach

In this paper, a robust fuzzy stochastic programming model is proposed for designing a relief commodity supply chain network in a disaster by considering emergency relief volunteers. To demonstrate the practicality of the proposed model, a case study is presented for the 22 districts of Tehran and solved by an exact method.

Findings

The results indicate that there are many parameters affecting the design of a relief commodity supply chain network in a disaster, and also many parameters should be controlled so that, the catastrophe is largely prevented and the lives of many people can be saved by sending the relief commodity on time.

Practical implications

This model helps decision-makers and authorities to explore optimal location and allocation decisions without using complex optimization algorithms.

Originality/value

To the best of the authors’ knowledge, employee workforce management models have not received adequate attention despite their role in relief and recovery efforts. Hence, the proposed model focuses on the problem of managing employees and designing a disaster logistics network simultaneously. The robust fuzzy stochastic programming method is applied for the first time for controlling the uncertainties in the design of humanitarian relief supply chains.

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Citation

Kebriyaii, O., Hamzehei, M. and Khalilzadeh, M. (2021), "A disaster relief commodity supply chain network considering emergency relief volunteers: a case study", Journal of Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Vol. 11 No. 3, pp. 493-521. https://doi.org/10.1108/JHLSCM-08-2020-0073

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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