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Price and speed decisions in customer-intensive services with two classes of customers


  • Ni, Guanqun
  • Xu, Yinfeng
  • Dong, Yucheng


In many customer-intensive services, the perceived quality of service decreases in the speed of service. Usually, an increase in service speed induces different marginal reductions in quality for heterogeneous customers. To bring insight into the managerial implications of this difference, we classify customers in terms of intensity parameters, and investigate the behavior of each class of customers in a queueing framework. The optimal service speed and price are derived to maximize service provider’s revenue. Our results demonstrate that no class is always attractive to the provider, and thus there are usually several combinations of service price and speed reaching the same maximal revenue. Moreover, under some mild conditions, the provider could gain more revenue by treating different classes with discrimination than by adopting uniform treatment.

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  • Ni, Guanqun & Xu, Yinfeng & Dong, Yucheng, 2013. "Price and speed decisions in customer-intensive services with two classes of customers," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 228(2), pages 427-436.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ejores:v:228:y:2013:i:2:p:427-436
    DOI: 10.1016/j.ejor.2013.01.053

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