Who Has Access to E-Commerce and When? Time-Varying Service Regions in Same-Day Delivery

Motivated by access and equity issues in e-commerce, we study the design of same-day delivery (SDD) systems under the assumption that service regions are allowed to vary over the course of the day; equivalently, that customers in different locations may have access to SDD for different lengths of time over the service day or may … Read more

Distributional robustness and inequity mitigation in disaster preparedness of humanitarian operations

We study a predisaster relief network design problem with uncertain demands. The aim is to determine the prepositioning and reallocation of relief supplies. Motivated by the call of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to leave no one behind, we consider three important practical aspects of humanitarian operations: shortages, equity, … Read more

The Magic of Nash Social Welfare in Optimization: Do Not Sum, Just Multiply!

In this paper, we explain some key challenges when dealing with a single/multi-objective optimization problem in practice. To overcome these challenges, we present a mathematical program that optimizes a Nash Social Welfare function. We refer to this mathematical program as the Nash Social Welfare Program (NSWP). An interesting property of the NSWP is that it … Read more