RFID-Enabled Management of Highly-Perishable Inventory: A Markov Decision Process Approach for Grocery Retailers

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2018-01-03
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Siawsolit, Chokdee
Gaukler, Gary
Seepun, Sarun
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We address the challenge of managing perishable inventory. One study was conducted to analyze the effects of recapturing unsatisfied demand, and another to estimate improvements in operational metrics through delaying order placements. Our results indicate that significant profit improvements can be achieved under these scenarios, as evidenced by a greater than 30% median increase in profit margin.
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Intelligent Decision Support for Logistics and Supply Chain Management, inventory, Markov chain, optimal policy, perishable, RFID or inventory, Markov, optimization, perishable, RFID
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