Single-vendor multi-buyer inventory coordination under private information Academic Article uri icon


  • This paper considers the problem of coordinating a single-vendor multi-buyer inventory system when there are privacy restrictions in the information required to solve the problem. The objective function and cost parameters of each facility are regarded as private information that no other facilities in the system have access to. Moreover, each facility is responsible to specify its own replenishment policy. The objective is to minimize the total average setup/ordering and inventory-related cost. Solution methodologies under private and global information are developed to find two types of nested power-of-two stationary policies. The first policy assumes all the buyers must replenish simultaneously. The second policy is a more general case where the common replenishment assumption is relaxed. A simple form of information exchange is uncovered that allows the solution methodologies for private and global information yield the same results. The experimental results suggest that the performance of the proposed heuristics is comparable or better than an existing method. 2007 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Chu, C., & Leon, V. J.

citation count

  • 27

complete list of authors

  • Chu, Chi-Leung||Leon, V Jorge

publication date

  • January 2008