Minner, Stefan and Sandra Transchel

Periodic review inventory-control for perishable products under service-level constraints

OR spectrum, 32 (4): 996-979, (2010).

Copy reference link   DOI: 10.1007/s00291-010-0196-1

Abstract: Food retail inventory management faces major challenges by uncertain demand, perishability, and high customer service level requirements. In this paper, we present a method to determine dynamic order quantities for perishable products with limited shelf-life, positive lead time, FIFO or LIFO issuing policy, and multiple service level constraints. In a numerical study, we illustrate the superiority of the proposed method over commonly suggested order-up-to-policies. We show that a constant-order policy might provide good results under stationary demand, short shelf-life, and LIFO inventory depletion.

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