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|کد مقاله||سال انتشار||مقاله انگلیسی||ترجمه فارسی||تعداد کلمات|
|20686||2011||9 صفحه PDF||سفارش دهید||محاسبه نشده|
Publisher : Elsevier - Science Direct (الزویر - ساینس دایرکت)
Journal : Omega, Volume 39, Issue 6, December 2011, Pages 710–718
We consider an inventory model in which a supplier makes deal offers with random discount prices at random points in time. Assuming that discount offerings follow a Poisson process and discount price is a discrete random variable with a known distribution, we propose a continuous-review control policy for the model and derive optimality conditions for the policy parameters. The model is then extended to the case of multiple suppliers that offer discount deals with supplier-specific Poisson processes and discount prices. Numerical examples are presented to demonstrate cost savings due to discount offers.
In many real world applications, suppliers offer occasional price discounts. Such discount offers can be due to market imbalances and excessive inventory in the marketplace or at the suppliers . Examples are abundant in grocers and supermarket chains . Another example is the Sony Company that has resorted to frequent price-discount offerings on its LCD rear-view projection sets in order to prevent losing sales and profits to no-name Chinese rivals . Inventory management with uncertain prices has received intense attention in the operations research and management science community for years. Some of the works in the literature have incorporated price fluctuation in inventory models as a one time price change at some pre-announced time in the future , , ,  and , while others have considered on-going price fluctuations in the inventory management problem ,  and . The inventory replenishment decision upon randomly arriving discount prices in a continuous-review inventory system has been studied , , , ,  and . Friend  studies a continuous-review inventory model with Poisson demand, where lead times are negligible and opportunities for economic replenishments are offered according to a Poisson process. In his model, opportunity replenishment does not represent a lower unit purchase cost but only a reduction or elimination of the fixed ordering cost of a replenishment. Hurter and Kaminsky  study a similar problem, where price discounts are offered according to a Poisson process. Hurter and Kaminsky  extend the storage model of Friend  and Hurter and Kaminsky  to permit the opportunities for a discounted purchase to remain for a random length of time when they arise; hence, the opportunities to purchase at a lower price are no longer instantaneous. Silver et al.  develop an efficient approximate solution method for a special case of the model analyzed by Hurter and Kaminsky  and provide managerial insights on the behavior of the optimal policy parameters. Feng and Sun  derive the form of the optimal replenishment policy for the model of Hurter and Kaminsky ; that is, they provide the policy that minimizes the long-run average cost of inventory systems with Poisson demand and discount opportunities. To find the parameters of this optimal policy, Feng and Sun  develop an efficient algorithm based on a bisection search procedure. Moinzadeh  again analyzes the model of Hurter and Kaminsky  but with a constant demand rate. In particular, he assumes that deal (price discount) offerings follow a Poisson process and that the deal offers have no duration. He derives expressions for determining the optimal policy parameters and provides results on their properties. Goh and Sharafali  incorporate a flexible pricing policy in the model of Moinzadeh . Their proposed pricing policy is inventory dependent, setting a lower price for higher inventory levels and the original price for lower inventory levels. Finally, Chaouch  considers a model similar to that of Hurter and Kaminsky , where discount opportunities are not instantaneous. That is, the low (discount) price goes into effect at random points in time and is increased to its original level after a random duration. He, however, allows the length of the low-price and high-price periods to be different. Moreover, he assumes a constant demand over time. Unlike Goh and Sharafali , he allows the demand rate in effect in a low-price period to be different from the one in a high-price period. He highlights an inventory control policy similar to that of Hurter and Kaminsky , and analyzes the behavior of the optimal replenishment strategy. A major shortcoming of the current literature on inventory models with random discount offers is that the discount price, from a single supplier, is known a priori and deterministic, and just the discount offer arrivals are allowed to be random (e.g., see  and ). In reality the discount price itself may be a random variable whose distribution could be derived from historical data. In this paper, we consider a continuous-review inventory model in which deal offers arrive from a supplier in a Poisson fashion and discount prices of such offers can be represented by a discrete random variable with a known distribution. The discount opportunities are instantaneous; moreover, two different fixed ordering costs are considered for the regular and discount replenishments. We propose a control policy that answers the following questions: (1) “When should a discount offer be accepted?” (2) “When accepting a discount offer, how much should be ordered?” and (3) “When making a replenishment at the regular price, how much should be ordered?” We first develop optimality conditions for the policy parameters for the case of a single supplier. Then, assuming suppliers are differentiated only by their discount price distributions and deal offer rates, we propose a way to apply the results to the case of multiple suppliers. This generalization is supported by the fact that superposition of multiple independent Poisson processes is a Poisson process . The main contribution of our paper is twofold. While all the models in the literature assume that only discount offer arrival is random, we allow the discount price itself to be also a general random variable as would be the case in reality. Furthermore, in contrast to the existing literature in which random discount opportunity is modeled in a single-sourcing setting, we introduce the multiple-sourcing practice in this literature. This paper is organized as follows. Section 2 describes the mathematical model, the assumptions, and the policy employed. In Section 3, we analyze the model and derive the expected cost functions. In Section 4, we present important properties of the proposed policy and provide the optimal policy parameters. Section 5 explains how to use our inventory model in the presence of multiple suppliers. In Section 6, we give numerical studies to illustrate the advantages of random discount offers. Section 7 concludes the paper.
نتیجه گیری انگلیسی
We propose an (R, s, Q1,Q2,…,Qn) policy for a single-supplier inventory model in which the supplier makes deal offers with a random discount price at random points in time. We provide closed form expressions or conditions for optimal values of the (n+2) policy parameters. Numerical studies reveal a few interesting managerial insights: uncertainty in the discount price may be beneficial; discount offers with random discount prices (or multiple prices) reduce the expected replenishment cost but increase inventory; as the unit holding cost decreases or the deal offering rate increases, the savings of the multi-price model compared to the single-price model increases, but the savings is insensitive to changes in the fixed order cost at a discount price. Though the simplicity of the proposed policy can be advantageous in practice, the policy lacks the flexibility to treat deal offers with nonidentical discount prices differently. It is our belief that this policy class is not optimal for the problem. Hence, we proposed the generalized inventory policy (R, s1, s2,…,sn, Q1, Q2,…,Qn) to account for discount-dependent threshold values s1, s2,…,sn, and then we developed a heuristic procedure to solve this generalized problem. Our computational study on the generalized problem suggests that discount-dependent thresholds need to be considered in situations where discount price values c1, c2,…, cn are very different from each other. It remains for future studies to further investigate the generalized problem (or other general policies) with discount-dependent threshold values s1, s2,…, sn, and to develop optimal solution procedures. Throughout the paper, we have assumed that there is no warehouse capacity constraint in the inventory model – a common assumption in the literature on inventory models with random discount offers. The numerical examples clearly show that the order-up-to level at a discount price, s+Qi, could be much larger than the order-up-to level at the list price, R (see Tables 1). This means that the maximum inventory level (thereby, warehouse space requirement) fluctuates depending on whether a discount offer is accepted or a regular order is placed. Hence, in situations where warehouse space is limited and flexible allocation of warehouse space is not plausible, the proposed inventory system may not be implementable. In such environment, a uniform inventory level policy might be better in a practical sense. For instance, one can restrict the order-up-to level for all the discount prices to a single target, and thereby, prevent frequent fluctuations in the inventory level. The warehouse space requirement becomes even more important when one has to deal with multiple items in the inventory system. In this case, the additional warehouse space required to place discount orders for an item should come at a premium. We believe that the aforementioned issues on warehouse capacity need further investigation.