The continuous capacitated single-source multi-facility Weber problem with the presence of facility fixed cost is investigated. A new mathematical model which incorporates multi-level type capacity (or design) and facility fixed cost that is capacity-based and zone-dependent is introduced. As no data set exists for this new location problem, a new data set based on convex polygons using triangular shape is constructed. A generalised two stage heuristic scheme that combines the concept of aggregation, an exact method, and an enhanced Cooper’s alternate location–allocation method is put forward. A framework that embeds Variable Neighbourhood Search is also proposed. Computational experiments show that these matheuristics produce encouraging results for this class of location problems. The proposed approaches are also easily adapted to cater for a recently studied variant namely the single-source capac- itated multi-facility Weber problem where they outperform those recently published solution methods.
- Continuous space
- Capacity and fixed cost