Planning inventory transshipments in retail networks

Thomas Archibald, Kevin Glazebrook, Sandra Rauscher

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Models of transshipments in inventory systems generally assume that demand is observed. This research relaxes this assumption and proposes a model that can be used to plan reactive (i.e. to meet existing shortages) and proactive (i.e. to meet anticipated future shortages) transshipments in a general setting. Approximate dynamic programming is applied to develop a heuristic for the model. A numerical study shows that the proposed heuristic can lead to substantial cost savings compared to commonly used policies.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Event28th European Conference on Operational Research (EURO 2016) - Poznan, Poland
Duration: 3 Jul 20166 Jul 2016


Conference28th European Conference on Operational Research (EURO 2016)


  • inventory
  • programming
  • dynamic


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