Multi-level inventory management decisions with transportation cost consideration
In this article we address specific inventory management decisions with transportation cost consideration in a multi-level environment consisting of a supplier-warehouse-retailers. We develop two models - namely, decentralized ordering model and centralized ordering model to investigate the effect of collective ordering by retailers on the total inventory cost of the system. A numerical study shows that the proposed model is robust and generates reasonable cost savings. The models have potential in several multi-level applications such as fresh or frozen food delivery to stores of different supermarkets or the supply of medicine to a number of hospitals from a wholesaler.
Volume (Year): 46 (2010)
Issue (Month): 5 (September)
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