Stock-level dependent ordering of perishables: a comparison of hybrid base-stock and constant order policies

R. Haijema, S. Minner

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Abstract

In practice, traditional stock-level dependent policies, like base-stock policies (BSP) and constant order policies (COP), are commonly used for replenishing inventories of perishable products at retailers. These policies are preferred for being easy to implement: they only require information on the total number of products in stock, but not differentiated by their age. In this paper, we analyze a number of new and existing hybrid BSP-COP policies. These policies have different complexities, but, so far, they have not been systematically compared with respect to their performance. By simulation-based optimization, the parameter values of the policies are determined. For this purpose, search ranges for the parameter values are provided. Based on an extensive set of experiments, insights are gained on when to apply which policy. The results show that two newly proposed enhancements of traditional base-stock policies, in particular, perform well and can be recommended for practical implementation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)215-225
JournalInternational Journal of Production Economics
Volume181
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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