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Optimal Inventory Policies in Perturbed Demand Models


  • B. L. Schwartz

    (The MITRE Corporation)


Investigation is continued of inventory models in which customer good will is lost when stockout occurs. Several models are formulated and optimal policies for the firm are derived conceptually (i.e., algebraic equations satisfied by the optimal parameter values are determined). Both constant and distributed demand are considered, and it is shown that the same formulation applies to both.

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  • B. L. Schwartz, 1970. "Optimal Inventory Policies in Perturbed Demand Models," Management Science, INFORMS, vol. 16(8), pages 509-518, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:inm:ormnsc:v:16:y:1970:i:8:p:b509-b518

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    1. M. E. Salveson, 1956. "A Problem in Optimal Machine Loading," Management Science, INFORMS, vol. 2(3), pages 232-260, April.
    2. M. Beckman & R. Muth, 1956. "An Inventory Policy for a Case of Lagged Delivery," Management Science, INFORMS, vol. 2(2), pages 145-155, January.
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