Changes in performance under various lengths of review periods in a periodic review inventory control system with lost sales

Bülent Sezen (Faculty of Business Administration, Gebze Institute of Technology, Kocaeli, Turkey)

International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management

ISSN: 0960-0035

Publication date: 1 June 2006

Abstract

Purpose

This study investigates the impacts of changing the length of review period on the performance of a periodic review system with lost sales under varying demand patterns by using simulation method.

Design/methodology/approach

The simulation model has been built using a spreadsheet program and depicts a special case of several retailers supplied by a central warehouse. Simulation scenarios are created based on two factors: length of the review period, and product type in terms of the average and standard deviation of the corresponding product's demand distribution.

Findings

Results obtained from the simulation model show that inventory performance is quite sensitive to the duration of review periods, and selecting the appropriate period length is largely dependent on the variability of demand. Specifically, relatively shorter review periods are required for products with high variable demand, while the inventory system can tolerate longer review periods if the product demand is less fluctuating.

Originality/value

The study provides some practical guidelines for the inventory managers regarding the selection of an appropriate length for a review period in a periodic review system with lost sales.

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Citation

Sezen, B. (2006), "Changes in performance under various lengths of review periods in a periodic review inventory control system with lost sales", International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management, Vol. 36 No. 5, pp. 360-373. https://doi.org/10.1108/09600030610676240

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Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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