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The Transportation Model (TM) in the application of Linear Programming (LP) is very useful in optimal distribution of goods. This paper focuses on finding Initial Basic Feasible Solutions (IBFS) to TMs hence, proposing a Demand-Based Allocation Method (DBAM) to solve the problem. This unprecedented proposal goes in contrast to the Cost-Based Resource Allocations (CBRA) associated with existing methods (including North-west Corner Rule, Least Cost Method and Vogel’s Approximation Method) which make cost cell (i.e. decision variable) selections before choosing demand and supply constraints. The proposed ‘DBAM’ on page 4 is implemented in MATLAB and has the ability to solve large-scale transportation problems to meet industrial needs. A sample of five (5) examples are presented to evaluate efficiency of the method. Initial Basic Feasible Solutions drawn from the study (according to DBAM) represent the optimal with higher accuracy, in comparison to the existing methods. Results from the study qualify the DBAM as one of the best methods to solve industrial transportation problems.


Logistics and Supply-Chain Network Optimization Linear Programming Models Resource Allocation North-West Corner Rule Least Cost Method Vogel’s Approximation Method

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Ackora-Prah, J., Acheson, V., Owusu-Ansah, E., & Nkrumah, S. K. (2023). A Proposed Method for Finding Initial Solutions to Transportation Problems. Pakistan Journal of Statistics and Operation Research, 19(1), 63-75.


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