Awi Federgruen

Stochastic inventory models with limited production capacity and periodically varying parameters

Coauthor(s): Yossi Aviv.

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Abstract:
We consider a single-item, periodic-review inventory model with uncertain demands in which each period's production volume is limited by a capacity level. The demand distributions, capacity levels, and cost parameters vary according to a periodic pattern. We prove that modified base-stock policies are optimal for the finite-horizon planning model and for both the infinite-horizon discounted and undiscounted cost criterion. We further show that the optimal base-stock levels can be calculated via a simple but efficient value-iteration method. Finally, we have conducted a comprehensive numerical study to ascertain the efficiency of this solution method as well as various qualitative properties of the performance of capacitated production/inventory systems under periodically varying demand and cost patterns.

Source: Probability in the Engineering and Informational Sciences
Exact Citation:
Aviv, Yossi, and Awi Federgruen. "Stochastic inventory models with limited production capacity and periodically varying parameters." Probability in the Engineering and Informational Sciences 11 (1997): 107-135.
Volume: 11
Pages: 107-135
Date: 1997