Optimal dynamic pricing and ordering decisions for perishable products

Ek Peng Chew, Chul Ung Lee, Rujing Liu, Ki Sung Hong, Anming Zhang

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Abstract

In this paper, we determine the order quantity and the prices for a perishable product with a multiple period lifetime. Demands for products of different ages are dependent on the prices of mutually "substitutable" products. The problem for a product with lifetime of two periods is first analyzed and the stochastic dynamic programming model is developed. Given the inventory level for the old product (product of age 2), the expected profit is a concave function of the order quantity, the price of the new product (product of age 1) and the discounted price of the old product (product of age 2). The computational results show that the total profit significantly increases when demand transfers between products of different ages are considered. For a product with lifetime of longer than two periods, a heuristic based on the optimal solution for a single period problem is proposed for a multiple period problem.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)39-48
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Production Economics
Volume157
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Keywords

  • Demand transfer
  • Dynamic pricing
  • Inventory
  • Perishable product

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Economics and Econometrics

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