Title

Some Models for Understanding the Cooperation between the Supplier and the Buyer

Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

2000

Abstract

This paper presents some stochastic models of cooperation between the supplier and the buyer. We first recall some of the results that pertain to the case where the buyer and the supplier formulate their inventory policies independently and sequentially. Next, we analyse the case where the buyer and the supplier jointly determine the optimal order quantities. Our analysis shows that only the supplier benefits from such cooperation. In order to motivate the buyer to cooperate, we consider some cooperative strategies. These include the analysis of the impact of (1) price changes, (2) discount policies and (3) partial deliveries. The importance of coordination is brought out from the analysis.

Discipline

Operations and Supply Chain Management | Operations Research, Systems Engineering and Industrial Engineering

Research Areas

Operations Management

Publication

International Journal of Production Research

Volume

38

Issue

15

First Page

3425

Last Page

3449

ISSN

0020-7543

Identifier

10.1080/002075400422734

Publisher

Taylor and Francis

Additional URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/002075400422734