Improving Perishable Product Inventory Management Using Goal Programming

The multiple objectives of perishable product inventory management are examined in this paper. These objectives include: (1) satisfying demand by carrying sufficient inventories, (2) holding down inventory carrying costs, (3) keeping the amount of product spoilage (outdating) at an acceptable level, and (4) maintaining quality by using the product while it is still fresh, and (5) keeping the cost of rotation low. Some of the above objectives are in conflict. Thus, certain redistribution policies may help attain one or more of these objectives to a greater extent. Redistribution involves the transfer of the product from outlets where demand is low to outlets where demand is high. A goal programming model for solving redistribution problems is presented. An example is provided and sensitivity analysis is performed in order to determine when redistribution is advantageous. Applicability of the model is discussed

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Article Title: Improving Perishable Product Inventory Management Using Goal Programming
Journal: Journal of Operations Management (Jan, 1980)
Vol. 1, No. 2
Author(s): Lee, Sang M;  Kendall, K.
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Lee, Sang M
Lee, Sang M
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