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Chapter 5 Inventory Control Subject to Uncertain Demand

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Timing Decisions Quantity decisions made together with decision When to order? One of the major decisions in management of the inventory systems. Impacts : inventory levels, inventory costs, level of service provided Models: One time decisions Continuous review systems Periodic review systems

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Timing Decisions Intermittent-Time Decisions Continuous Decisions One-Time Decisions Continuous Review System Periodic Review Systems EOQ, EPQ (Q, R) System Base Stock Two Bins (s, S) System Optional Replenishment (S, T) System EOQ Structure of timing decisions

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One-Time Decision Situation is common to retail and manufacturing environment Consider seasonal goods, which are in demand during short period only. Product losses its value at the end of the season. The lead time can be longer than the selling season if demand is higher than the original order, can not rush order for additional products. Example newspaper stand Christmas ornament retailer Christmas tree finished good inventory Trivial problem if demand is known (deterministic case), in practical situations demand is described as random variable (stochastic case). “newsvendor” model or “Christmas tree” model

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Example: One-Time Decision Mrs. Kandell has been in the Christmas tree business for years. She keeps track of sales volume each year and has made a table of the demand for the Christmas trees and its probability (frequency histogram). Demand, D Probability f(D) Solution: Q – order quantity; Q * - optimal D – demand: random variable with probability density function f(D) F(D) – cumulative probability function: F(D) = Pr (demand ≤ D) c o – cost per unit of positive inventory c u – cost per unit of unsatisfied demand Economics marginal analysis: overage and underage costs are balanced

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Probability of not selling Your Last item in stock and having extra inventory on hand at the end on the period P(X < Q) The Concept of Marginal Analysis Probability of Selling everything, and facing shortage P(X ≥ Q) Q Marginal analysis: finding the expected profit of ordering one more unit.

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Critical ratio for the newsvendor problem P(XQ) (C u applies ) Single Period Inventory Model Marginal Analysis: E (revenue on last sale) = E (loss on last sale)

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Example: One-Time Decision (cont) Shortages = lost profit + lost of goodwill Overage = unit cost + cost of disposal of the overage Either ignore the purchase cost, because it does not impact the optimal solution or implicitly consider it in the overage and underage costs. Expected overage cost of the order Q * is P(Demand < Q*) c o = F(Q * )c o Expected shortage cost is P(Demand > Q*) c u = (1-F(Q*)) c u For order Q * those two costs are equal: F(Q * )c o = (1-F(Q * ))c u - probability of satisfying demand during the period, also is known as critical ratio To calculate Q * we must use cumulative probability distribution.

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Example: One-Time Decision (cont.) Deman d D Probability f(D) Cum Probability F(D) Mrs. Kandell estimates that if she buys more trees than she can sell, it costs about $40 for the tree and its disposal. If demand is higher than the number of trees she orders, she looses a profit of $40 per tree.

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Critical fractile for the newsvendor problem When the demand is a discrete random variable, the condition may not be satisfied at equality (jumps, due to discreteness). Here’s the appropriate condition to use: C(Q+1)-C(Q)=(c u + c o )P X (Q) – c u ≥ 0 })(:min{ * ou u X cc c QPQQ ou u cc c QF )(

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Single-Period & Discrete Demand: Lively Lobsters Lively Lobsters (L.L.) receives a supply of fresh, live lobsters from Maine every day. Lively earns a profit of $7.50 for every lobster sold, but a day-old lobster is worth only $8.50. Each lobster costs L.L. $14.50 unit cost of a L.L. stockout C u = 7.50 = lost profit unit cost of having a left-over lobster C o = = cost – salvage value = 6 target L.L. service level CR = C u /(C u + C o ) = 7.5 / ( ) =.56 Demand follows a discrete (relative frequency) distribution as given on next page

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Lively Lobsters Demand follows a discrete (relative frequency) distribution: Result: order 25 Lobsters, because that is the smallest amount that will serve at least 56% of the demand on a given night. })(:min{ * ou u X cc c QPQQ

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The Nature of Uncertainty Suppose that we represent demand as D = D deterministic + D random If the random component is small compared to the deterministic component, the models used in chapter 4 will be accurate. If not, randomness must be explicitly accounted for in the model. In chapter 5, assume that demand is a random variable with cumulative probability distribution F(D) and probability density function f(D). D - continuous random variable, N(μ, σ) estimated from history of demand seems to model many demands accurately Objective: minimize the expected costs – law of large numbers

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The Newsvendor Model The critical ration can also be derived mathematically. At the start of each day, a newsvendor must decide on the number of papers to purchase. Daily sales cannot be predicted exactly, and are represented by the random variable D with normal distribution N(μ, σ), where μ = and σ = 4.74 It can be shown that the optimal number of papers to purchase is given by F(Q*) = c u / (c u + c o ), where c u = 75 – 25 = 50, and c 0 = 25 – 10 =15 unrealized profit per unit = (selling price – purchase price); loss per excess = (purchase price – disposal price); F(Q*) = c u / (c u + c o ) = 0.77 Pr ( D < Q* ) = 0.77 How to find Q* ?

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Determination of the Optimal Order Quantity for Newsvendor Example Using table A-4 find z = 0.74, with μ = and σ = 4.74 Newsvendor has to order 15 copies every week.

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Describing Demand

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If Demand is deterministic (EOQ) Inv Time Q=600 Order arrives Place Order Reorder Point=300 LT=3 wk Place Order Order arrives

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If Demand is stochastic Inv Time Q=600 Order arrives Place Order Reorder Point=300 LT=3 wk Place Order Order arrives LT=3 wk

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If Demand is stochastic Inv Time Q=600 Order arrives Place Order Reorder Point=400 LT=3 wk Place Order Order arrives LT=3 wk

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Average Inventory Profile Inv Time Q=600 Safety Stock=100 Avg. Cycle Inv=300 Avg. Inv =400

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Terminology On-hand stock: Stock that is physically on the shelf Net stock = On-hand stock – Backorders Inventory Position = On-hand + On-order - Backorders - Committed Complete backordering: backordered demand is filled as soon as an adequate-size replenishment arrives Complete lost sales: when out of stock, demand is lost, customers go somewhere else

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Why Safety Stock? Safety Stock: Avg level of the net stock just before a replenishment arrives Pressure for higher safety stocks Increased product variety and customization Increased demand uncertainty Increased pressure for product availability Pressure for lower safety stocks Short product life cycles

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The ABC Inventory Classification System The ABC classification, devised at General Electric during the 1950s, helps a company identify a small percentage of its items that account for a large percentage of the dollar value of annual sales. These items are called Type A items. Adaptation of Pareto’s Law 20% of the people have 80% of the wealth (in 1897 Italy) u Since most of our inventory investment is in Type A items, high service levels will result in huge investments in safety stocks. u Tight management control of ordering procedures is essential for Type A items.

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For Type B items inventories can be reviewed periodically Items can be ordered in small groups, rather than individually. Type C items require the minimum degree of control Parameters are reviewed twice a year. Demand for Type C items may be forecasted by simple methods. The most inexpensive items of type C can be ordered in large lot, to minimize number of orders. An expensive type C items ordered only as they are demanded The ABC Inventory Classification System Percentage of items Percentage of dollar value 100 — 90 — 80 — 70 — 60 — 50 — 40 — 30 — 20 — 10 — 0 — Class C Class A Class B

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Replenishment Policies When and how much to order Continuous review with (Q,R) policy: Inv. is continuously monitored and when it drops to R, an order of size Q is placed Periodic review with (R,S) policy: Inv. is reviewed at regular periodic intervals (R), and an order is placed to raise the inv. to a specified level (order-up-to level, S)

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Measures of Customer Service: (Average) Product availability measures Fill rate (P 2 ): Percentage of demand that is satisfied from inventory Compute Expected Shortage per Replenishment Cycle (ESPRC) P 2 = 1-ESPRC/Q Cycle Service Level (P 1 ): Prob. of no stockout per replenishment cycle, or percentage of cycles without stockouts

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Comparison of Type 1 and Type 2 Services Order Cycle Demand Stock-Outs For a type 1 service objective there are two cycles out of ten in which a stock-out occurs, so the type 1 service level is 80%. For type 2 service, there are a total of 1,450 units demand and 55 stockouts (which means that 1,395 demand are satisfied). This translates to a 96% fill rate.

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Continuous Review Systems The EOQ, production lot size, and planned shortage models assume continuous review (Q, R) Policies These models call for policies prescribing an order point (R) and order quantity (Q) Such policies can be implemented by A point-of-sale computerized system The two-bin system: use inventory from bin 1 until empty which triggers reorder… replenishment fills bin 2 and remainder goes into bin 1

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Order Point, Order Quantity Model (R,Q) Inventory position constantly monitored Inventory position used to place an order, and not the net stock Stockout occurs if demand during lead time exceeds the reorder point Simple system… suppliers like the predictability of constant order quantities R Safety Stock (SS) Time Inventory Level R + Q Lead Time Place order Receive order

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Reorder Point, R Safety Stock (SS) Time Inventory Level OptimalOrderQuantity SS s Expected Demand P(Stockout) Freq Lead Time Place order Receive order Probabilistic Models When to Order

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Uncertain Demand Time On-hand inventory Order received Q On Hand Order placed Order placed Order received IP R TBO 1 TBO 2 TBO 3 L1L1 L2L2 L3L3 Q Order placed Q Order received Order received

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Expected Inventory (Assumptions) Time I(t) Slope - Q SS

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Expected cost function Include expected: holding, setup, penalty and ordering (per unit) costs Average Holding Cost: Average Set-up Cost:

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Expected cost function Expected Shortage per Cycle: Interpret n(R) as the expected number of stockouts per cycle given by the loss integral formula. The unit normal loss integral values appear in Table A-4. Expected Penalty Cost :

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Cost Minimization Expected Cost Function: Partial Derivatives: (1) (2) This is the first equation we will use to determine optimal values Q and R

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Cost Minimization Partial Derivatives: (2) This is the second equation we will use to determine optimal values Q and R

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Solution Procedure The optimal solution procedure requires iterating between the two equations for Q and R until convergence occurs A cost effective approximation is to set Q=EOQ and find R from the second equation.

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Finding Q and R, iteratively 1. Compute Q = EOQ. 2. Substitute Q in to Equation (2) and compute R. 3. Use R to compute n(R) in Equation (1). 4. Solve for Q in Equation (1). 5. Go back to Step 2, continue until convergence.

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Example A company purchases air filters at a rate of 800 per year $10 to place an order Unit cost is $25 per filter Inventory carry cost is $2/unit per year Shortage cost is $5 Lead time is 2 weeks Assume demand during lead time follows a uniform distribution from 0 to 200 Find (Q,R)

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Solution Partial derivative outcomes:

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Solution From Uniform U(0,200) distribution:

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Solution Iteration 1: F(R) 2000 R

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Solution Iteration 2:

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Solution Iteration 3:

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Solution R didn’t change => CONVERGENCE (Q*,R*) = (94,190) I(t) Slope - With lead time equal to 2 weeks: SS = R – = (2/52)=159

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Example Demand is Normally distributed with mean of 40 per week and a weekly variance of 8 The ordering cost is $50 Lead time is two weeks Shortages cost an estimated $5 per unit short to expedite orders to appease customers The holding cost is $ per week Find (Q,R)

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Demand is per week. Lead time is two weeks long. Thus, during the lead time: Mean demand is 2(40) = 80 Variance is (2*8) = 16 Demand observed in one week is independent from demand observed in any other week: E(demand over 2 weeks) = E (2*demand over week 1) = 2 E(demand in a single week) = 2 μ = 80 Standard deviation over 2 weeks is σ = (2*8) 0.5 = 4 Solution

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Finding Q and R, iteratively 1. Compute Q = EOQ. 2. Substitute Q in to Equation (2) and compute R. 3.Use R to compute average backorder level, n(R) to use in Equation (1). 4. Solve for Q using Equation (1). 5. Go to Step 2 until convergence.

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Solution Iteration 1: From the standard normal table:

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Solution Iteration 2: This is the unit normal loss expression. Table A - 4 gives values.

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Solution Iteration 2:

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Service Levels in (Q,R) Systems In many circumstances, the penalty cost, p, is difficult to estimate. For this reason, it is common business practice to set inventory levels to meet a specified service objective instead. 1) Type 1 service: Choose R so that the probability of not stocking out in the lead time is equal to a specified value. Appropriate when a shortage occurrence has the same consequence independent of its time and amount. 2) Type 2 service: Choose both Q and R so that the proportion of demands satisfied from stock equals a specified value. In general, is interpreted as the fill rate.

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Solution to (Q,R) Systems with Type 1 Service Constraint For type 1 service, if the desired service level is α then one finds R from F(R)= α and Q=EOQ Specify , which is the proportion of cycles in which no stockouts occur. This is equal to the probability that demand is satisfied.

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Solution to (Q,R) Systems with Type 2 Service Constraint Type 2 service requires a complex iterative solution procedure to find the best Q and R However, setting Q=EOQ and finding R to satisfy n(R) = (1-β)Q (which requires Table A-4) will generally give good results

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Service Constraints: Type 2 May specify fill rate , and use EOQ for Q to compute R Or, solve for p : and substitute into the equation:

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Service Constraints: Type 2 Result:

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Other Continuous Review System: Order-Up-To-Level (s, S) vs (Q, R) System R+Q R s S (Q,,R) system (s, S) system (Q,R) system (s,S) system R R + Q s S

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Periodic Review System: Order-Up-To-Level (R, S) System

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Periodic Review Systems Continuous Review Systems Always knew level of on-hand inventory Could place an order at any time Often, we are constrained by WHEN we can order -- and it may be periodically Train dispatched once a week Delivery truck arrives each morning Thus, we do not need to continuously review inventory, just check periodically

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Periodic Review Systems If demand were known and constant, we would just resort to our EOQ solution, possibly modifying it to meet shipping date Now: demand is random variable Setting: Place an order every T periods Policy: Order up to S The value of Q (order quantity) will now change periodically Previous concern: demand exceeding supply during the lead time Now: demand exceeding supply during the period and lead time, or T +

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Periodic Review Time I(t) Demand S Q T Lead Time passes… Order up to S every T periods of time. Order arrives. Cycle continues.

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Expected cost function Include expected holding, setup, penalty and ordering (per unit) costs Average Inventory Level: S T τ R* At level R*,on average, order Q = S-R* units. τ periods later, units arrive. Inventory level?

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Expected cost function Include expected: holding, setup, penalty and ordering (per unit) costs Average Inventory Level: S T S- units present when Q arrive (expected) as units consumed over leading time.

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Expected cost function Include expected: holding, setup, penalty and ordering (per unit) costs Average Inventory Level: S T S - units removed (expected) from inventory over time .

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Include expected: holding, setup, penalty and ordering (per unit) costs Average Inventory Level: S T S- T S- - T Average Inventory Level = Expected cost function

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Include expected: holding, setup, penalty and ordering (per unit) costs Average Holding Cost: Average Set-up Cost: Expected cost function

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Expected Shortage per Cycle: f(x)dx = P(demand in T + is between x and x + dx) Expected Penalty Cost :

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Cost Minimization Expected Cost Function: Derivative: Recall that T and are given:

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Cost Minimization Derivative: or:

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Example A special control board is used in a version of a product on the production line The board cost is $ The holding cost rate is 30% per year Reorders are placed at the start of each week, and the supplier delivers these parts in one week The shortage cost is $100 per board due to worker downtime Weekly demand is N (μ=125, δ 2 =104.17) Set up cost (K) is $120 Find S

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Solution Holding cost is: h = Ic =.30 (122.50) = / 52 = $.7067 per week Compute: Demand Distribution is Normal mean = 125 variance = Z = from Normal table S = 125+(2.455)(104.17) 1/2 =

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Solution If penalty cost drops to $10 per unit: Compute: S = 125+(1.47)(104.17) 1/2 = 140 p = 1? S = 125+(-.54)(104.17) 1/2 =

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Alternative Periodic Review Policy: (s, S) Policy Define two levels, s < S, and let u be the starting inventory at the beginning of a period. Then, if u is less or equal to s, order (S – u), if u is more than s, do not place an order. In general, computing the optimal values of s and S is extremely difficult, so few systems operate using optimal (s,S) values. Approximation: Compute optimal values for (Q,R) model and set s = R and S = R + Q

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Homework Assignment Read Ch. 5 (5.1 – 5.8) 5.3, 5.6 – 5.8, 5.12, 5.15, – 5.27

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References Presentations by McGraw-Hill/Irwin and by Wilson,G.R. “Production & Operations Analysis” by S.Nahmias “Factory Physics” by W.J.Hopp, M.L.Spearman “Inventory Management and Production Planning and Scheduling” by E.A. Silver, D.F. Pyke, R. Peterson “Production Planning, Control, and Integration” by D. Sipper and R.L. Bulfin Jr.

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