This challenge started officially during the VeRoLog meeting in Nantes (June 2016) and ends at the VeRoLog meeting of 2017. The challenge is proposed, sponsored and ran by ORTEC.
The problem being addressed combines aspects from scheduling, routing and inventory and arises from practice. In the format used for the challenge the instances are simplified for the sake of clearness but they preserve the essence of the difficulties. This problem, defined over a period of several days, differs from inventory routing in being completely deterministic and in that the inventory concerns reusable equipment.
We are convinced that you will find this problem intriguing and challenging. We hope that your participation will contribute to an exciting challenge and may intensify the research on this problem which is still widely overlooked in the literature.
The ORTEC VeRoLog solver challenge team