Often it is required to determine the best possible location in
the green meadow.
Therewith it is the task of finding a location within a certain
area where a planned logistics node can be placed optimally.
This type of location decision is called continuous location planning.
The individual points on a plane or on a sphere surface represent
the positions of a potential location.
In the continues location planning it is differentiated between two approaches:
- The Median Problem seeks to minimise the weighted distances
of the sources to the destinations and is designed to identify
one or more optimal locations. Depending on the number p
of the searched locations, these problems are also referred to as p-median problem.
- The Centre Problem minimises the maximum weighted distance
of the destinations to their location responsible for delivery.
Depending on the number p of the locations, these problems
are also referred to as p-centres problems.