A heuristic for multi-item production with seasonal demand Academic Article uri icon


  • A heuristic is developed for a common production/inventory problem characterized by multiple products, stochastic seasonal demand, lost sales, and a constraint on overall production. Heuristics are needed since the calculation of optimal policies is impractical for real-world instances of this problem. The proposed heuristic is compared with those in current use as well as optimal solutions under a variety of conditions. The proposed heuristic is both near optimal and superior to existing heuristics. The heuristic deviated from optimality by an average of 1.7% in testing using dynamic programming as a benchmark. This compares favorably against linear-programming-based heuristics and practitioner heuristics, which deviated from optimality by 4.5 to 10.6%. Copyright 2006 "IIE".

published proceedings

  • IIE Transactions

author list (cited authors)

  • Ketzenberg, M., Metters, R., & Semple, J.

citation count

  • 13

complete list of authors

  • Ketzenberg, Michael||Metters, Richard||Semple, John

publication date

  • January 2006