Inventory optimization for perishables subject to supply disruptions

Z. Atan, M. Rousseau

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We study a retailer selling perishable products with fixed lifetime. The retailer’s supply system is subject to random disruptions. Assuming a base-stock policy, deterministic demand and stationary cost parameters, we determine the expression for the optimal base-stock level. We show that if the retailer manages to make the system safer, it is possible to operate with the same expected cost even with products with shorter lifetimes. We conclude that the retailer should concentrate on reducing disruptions’ durations instead of their occurrence rate.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)89-108
Number of pages20
JournalOptimization Letters
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016


  • Inventory mitigation strategy
  • Perishable products
  • Risk management
  • Supply disruptions


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