Halkos, George and Kevork, Ilias and Tziourtzioumis, Chris
(2014):
*Optimal inventory policies with an exact cost function under large demand uncertainty.*

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## Abstract

In this paper we investigate the minimization process of the exact cost function for a continuous review (Q,R) inventory model with non-negative reorder point and fixed lead-time. Backorders are allowed and the unit shortage cost is used to determine the expected annual shortage cost. Provided that the lead-time demand has J-shaped or unimodal distribution satisfying specific assumptions we derive the general condition when the minimum cost is attained at a positive reorder point or at a reorder point equal to zero. Based on this condition a general algorithm is developed. Some numerical experimentation based on this algorithm using parameter values from the relevant literature indicates that with large demand uncertainty measured by the coefficient of variation the optimal inventory policies lead to excessively large orders and zero reorder points.

Item Type: | MPRA Paper |
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Original Title: | Optimal inventory policies with an exact cost function under large demand uncertainty |

Language: | English |

Keywords: | Inventory; Continuous review model; Exact cost function; Convexity; Cost parameter values; General algorithm. |

Subjects: | C - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods > C1 - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General > C10 - General C - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods > C6 - Mathematical Methods ; Programming Models ; Mathematical and Simulation Modeling > C61 - Optimization Techniques ; Programming Models ; Dynamic Analysis C - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods > C6 - Mathematical Methods ; Programming Models ; Mathematical and Simulation Modeling > C63 - Computational Techniques ; Simulation Modeling M - Business Administration and Business Economics ; Marketing ; Accounting ; Personnel Economics > M1 - Business Administration > M11 - Production Management M - Business Administration and Business Economics ; Marketing ; Accounting ; Personnel Economics > M2 - Business Economics > M21 - Business Economics |

Item ID: | 60545 |

Depositing User: | G.E. Halkos |

Date Deposited: | 12 Dec 2014 06:01 |

Last Modified: | 27 Sep 2019 03:21 |

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URI: | https://mpra.ub.uni-muenchen.de/id/eprint/60545 |