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Centralisation of Inventories and the “Square Root Law”

International Journal of Physical Distribution

ISSN: 0020-7527

Article publication date: 1 January 1976



Introduction The purpose of this paper is to discuss the effect on inventory levels of centralisation, i.e., moving from a logistics system formed from a number of field warehouses to one where all demands are met from a single location. In particular, we shall examine the “square root law of locations”, a result which asserts that the total inventory in a system is proportional to the square root of the number of locations at which a product is stocked.


Maister, D.H. (1976), "Centralisation of Inventories and the “Square Root Law”", International Journal of Physical Distribution, Vol. 6 No. 3, pp. 124-134.




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