What is it about?

This study looks at how to improve the distribution of relief supplies after an earthquake. It considers factors such as the location of relief centers, the amount of supplies available, and the condition of roads. The researchers used a decision-making method to rank the areas in need of help. They then compared two ways of delivering supplies: direct shipment and lateral transshipment. The study found that considering all these factors together led to a fair distribution of relief supplies and a decrease in delivery distance. This is one of the first studies to look at how to prioritize areas in need of help during a disaster response by multi-criteria decision-making methods. It provides practical guidance for improving relief efforts in Shiraz in the occurrence of earthquakes.

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Why is it important?

The paper addresses equitable distribution to the affected areas and also bridges the gap between two areas that are typically treated separately: multi-criteria decision-making and humanitarian logistics.

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This page is a summary of: A prepositioning model for prioritized demand points considering lateral transshipment, Journal of Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Management, July 2023, Emerald, DOI: 10.1108/jhlscm-01-2023-0005.
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