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Optimal inventory policies for deteriorating items with trapezoidal-type demand patterns and maximum lifetimes under upstream and downstream trade credits

Jiang Wu, Jinn-Tsair Teng and Konstantina Skouri ()
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Jiang Wu: Southwestern University of Finance and Economics
Jinn-Tsair Teng: William Paterson University of New Jersey
Konstantina Skouri: University of Ioannina

Annals of Operations Research, 2018, vol. 264, issue 1, 459-476

Abstract: Abstract In general, the demand rate moving through a product life cycle can be reasonably depicted by a trapezoidal-type pattern: it initially increases during the introduction and growth phases, then remains reasonably constant in the maturity phase, and finally decreases in the decline phase. It is evident that perishable products deteriorate continuously over time and can not be sold after its maximum lifetime. Thus, the deterioration rate of a product is increasing with time and closely related to its maximum lifetime. Furthermore, it has been hard to obtain loans from banks since the global financial meltdown in 2008. Hence, over 80% of firms in the United Kingdom and the United States sell their products on various short-term, interest-free loans (i.e., trade credit) to customers. To incorporate those important facts, we develop an inventory model by (1) assuming the demand pattern is trapezoidal, (2) extending the deterioration rate to 100% as its maximum lifetime is approaching, (3) using discounted cash-flow analysis to calculate all relevant costs considering the effects of upstream and downstream trade credits, and (4) including the costly purchase cost into the total cost, which is omitted in previous studies. Then, the order quantity that maximizes the present value of the profit is uniquely determined. Finally, through numerical examples, managerial insights are provided.

Keywords: Inventory control; Trapezoidal-type demand; Maximum lifetime; Partial backlogging; Trade credit (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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