Joint inventory and transshipment control for perishable products of a two-period lifetime

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We analyze the impact of transshipments among retailers on their inventory replenishment decisions when products are perishable. Previous studies have shown that transshipments improve their operational efficiencies through inventory reallocation. However, these studies have not investigated transshipments for perishable products having a limited lifetime. In this paper, we consider a centrally managed firm owning several retail stores, which coordinates their replenishment policies along with the utilization of transshipments for perishable goods of a two-period lifetime. For this, the single-period planning horizon is analyzed, with a general solution approach for the optimal replenishment and transshipment decisions. We further present a designated solution approach for a two-location system as a special case and illustrate numerical examples in order to highlight the potential value of implementing transshipments for perishable products.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1327-1341
Number of pages15
JournalInternational Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology
Issue number9-12
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Jun
Externally publishedYes


  • Lateral transshipment
  • Perishable inventory control

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Software
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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