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Inventory inaccuracies in the wholesale supply chain

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  • Rekik, Yacine

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The inventory level shown in the Information System contrary to popular belief and assumptions in most academic papers and in spite of the considerable amounts invested in information technology, is often inaccurate. The inventory inaccuracy occurs when the inventory shown in the Information System is not in agreement with the actually available inventory. In this paper, we first describe the major factors generating inventory inaccuracy. Then, we provide situations permitting to manage an inventory system subject to errors. We provide a general framework permitting to model the inventory inaccuracy issue. In particular, we link the inaccuracy issue with the well known random yield problem. The shown link permits us to derive the optimal ordering policy of an inventory framework where demand satisfaction is done based on the inventory records (which are subject to inaccuracies). We also propose an analysis permitting to show the added value of an advanced identification system such as the RFID technology.

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  • Rekik, Yacine, 2011. "Inventory inaccuracies in the wholesale supply chain," International Journal of Production Economics, Elsevier, vol. 133(1), pages 172-181, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:proeco:v:133:y:2011:i:1:p:172-181
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    1. Fan, Tijun & Tao, Feng & Deng, Sheng & Li, Shuxia, 2015. "Impact of RFID technology on supply chain decisions with inventory inaccuracies," International Journal of Production Economics, Elsevier, pages 117-125.
    2. Ahmed Musa & Al-Amin Abba Dabo, 2016. "A Review of RFID in Supply Chain Management: 2000–2015," Global Journal of Flexible Systems Management, Springer;Global Institute of Flexible Systems Management, pages 189-228.
    3. Li, Ming & Wang, Zheng & Chan, Felix T.S., 2016. "A robust inventory routing policy under inventory inaccuracy and replenishment lead-time," Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review, Elsevier, pages 290-305.
    4. Zhou, Wei & Piramuthu, Selwyn, 2012. "Manufacturing with item-level RFID information: From macro to micro quality control," International Journal of Production Economics, Elsevier, pages 929-938.
    5. Cannella, Salvatore & Framinan, Jose M. & Bruccoleri, Manfredi & Barbosa-Póvoa, Ana Paula & Relvas, Susana, 2015. "The effect of Inventory Record Inaccuracy in Information Exchange Supply Chains," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 243(1), pages 120-129.
    6. Reyes, Pedro M. & Li, Suhong & Visich, John K., 2016. "Determinants of RFID adoption stage and perceived benefits," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 254(3), pages 801-812.
    7. Rekik, Yacine & Syntetos, Aris & Jemai, Zied, 2015. "An e-retailing supply chain subject to inventory inaccuracies," International Journal of Production Economics, Elsevier, pages 139-155.
    8. Dai, Hongyan & Li, Jianbin & Yan, Nina & Zhou, Weihua, 2016. "Bullwhip effect and supply chain costs with low- and high-quality information on inventory shrinkage," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 250(2), pages 457-469.
    9. Kaman, Cumhur & Savasaneril, Secil & Serin, Yasemin, 2013. "Production and lead time quotation under imperfect shop floor information," International Journal of Production Economics, Elsevier, pages 422-431.
    10. Feng Tao & Tijun Fan & Kin Keung Lai & Lin Li, 2017. "Impact of RFID technology on inventory control policy," Journal of the Operational Research Society, Palgrave Macmillan;The OR Society, pages 207-220.
    11. Grunow, Martin & Piramuthu, Selwyn, 2013. "RFID in highly perishable food supply chains – Remaining shelf life to supplant expiry date?," International Journal of Production Economics, Elsevier, pages 717-727.
    12. Lei, Quansheng & Chen, Jian & Wei, Xingyu & Lu, Shan, 2015. "Supply chain coordination under asymmetric production cost information and inventory inaccuracy," International Journal of Production Economics, Elsevier, pages 204-218.
    13. Xu, Jinpeng & Jiang, Wei & Feng, Gengzhong & Tian, Jun, 2012. "Comparing improvement strategies for inventory inaccuracy in a two-echelon supply chain," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 221(1), pages 213-221.
    14. Piramuthu, Selwyn & Wochner, Sina & Grunow, Martin, 2014. "Should retail stores also RFID-tag ‘cheap’ items?," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 233(1), pages 281-291.
    15. Cannella, Salvatore & Dominguez, Roberto & Framinan, Jose M., 2017. "Inventory record inaccuracy – The impact of structural complexity and lead time variability," Omega, Elsevier, vol. 68(C), pages 123-138.
    16. Wang, Fuqiang & Fang, Xiaoping & Chen, Xiaohong & Li, Xihua, 2016. "Impact of inventory inaccuracies on products with inventory-dependent demand," International Journal of Production Economics, Elsevier, pages 118-130.

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