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Strategies for a blind newsboy

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  • Casimir, Rommert J.

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Three variations of the newsboy problem, the newsboy problem with fixed container size, the problem of the just-in-time newsboy and the newsboy problem with demand-dependent pricing are analyzed with respect to the value of information. This is determined by comparing the profit of a blind newsboy, who only knows the demand distribution, with the profit of a clear-sighted newsboy, who can accurately predict sales. It is shown that the disadvantage of the blind newsboy is diminished by just-in-time supplies or demand-dependent pricing.

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  • Casimir, Rommert J., 1999. "Strategies for a blind newsboy," Omega, Elsevier, vol. 27(1), pages 129-134, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:jomega:v:27:y:1999:i:1:p:129-134
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    1. Casimir, Rommert J., 2002. "The value of information in the multi-item newsboy problem," Omega, Elsevier, vol. 30(1), pages 45-50, February.
    2. Wang, Charles X. & Webster, Scott, 2009. "The loss-averse newsvendor problem," Omega, Elsevier, vol. 37(1), pages 93-105, February.

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