New structural properties of inventory models with Polya frequency distributed demand and fixed setup cost

Yanyi Xu, Arnab Bisi, Maqbool Dada

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Abstract

We study a stochastic inventory model with a fixed setup cost and zero order lead time. In a finite-horizon lost sales model, when demand has a Polya frequency distribution (PFn), we show that there are no more than a pre- determined number of minima of the cost function. Consequently, depending on the relative cost of lost sales and inventory holding cost, there can be as few as one local minimum. These properties have structural implications for the optimal policies and cost functions. A necessary condition for the results to hold for the backordered model has been explained. We further conduct a numerical study to validate our structural results.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)931-945
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Industrial and Management Optimization
Volume13
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2017

Keywords

  • (s
  • Backorder
  • Inventory
  • Lost sales
  • PF distribution
  • S) policies

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Strategy and Management
  • Control and Optimization
  • Applied Mathematics

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