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Joint pricing and inventory strategies in a supply chain subject to inventory inaccuracy

By Feng Tao (345135), Tijun Fan (6382610), Yao-Yu Wang (818063) and Kin Keung Lai (6382613)

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<p>This paper focuses on pricing strategies, inventory policies for a supply chain when Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology is adopted to cope with inventory inaccuracy. The supply chain consists of one supplier and one retailer, in which the RFID tag price is shared between the supplier and the retailer. We present and compare the performance differences between a wholesale price contract and a consignment contract when the retailer is the Stackelberg leader and the supplier is the follower. Based on the optimal pricing and inventory decisions, an interesting observation of contract selection is that there are two critical values of inventory available rate such that when the inventory availability is less than the lower value, both the supplier and the retailer prefer a consignment contract; when the inventory availability is greater than the upper value, a wholesale price contract is their best choice; when the inventory availability is between the two values, the supplier prefers a wholesale price contract and the retailer prefers a consignment contract. Additionally, there exist threshold values of RFID tag price and sharing rate to determine the contract preference for the retailer. Furthermore, the profits of both the supplier and the retailer are independent of the RFID tag price sharing rate in a wholesale price contract, and the supplier has the incentive to invest in RFID tag cost in a consignment contract.</p

Topics: Evolutionary Biology, Ecology, Sociology, Science Policy, Plant Biology, Space Science, Information Systems not elsewhere classified, supply chain management, inventory inaccuracy, RFID technology, contracting
Year: 2019
DOI identifier: 10.6084/m9.figshare.7746056.v1
OAI identifier: oai:figshare.com:article/7746056
Provided by: FigShare
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