Annals of Operations Research

, Volume 237, Issue 1–2, pp 143–159 | Cite as

Separation results for multi-product inventory hedging problems

  • Yuemeng Sun
  • Johannes Wissel
  • Peter L. Jackson


We analyze financial hedging tools for inventory management in a risk-averse corporation. We consider the problem of optimizing simultaneously over both the operational policy and the hedging policy of the corporation in a multi-product model. Our main contribution is a separation result such that for a corporation with multiple products and inventory departments, the inventory decisions of each department can be made independently of the other departments’ decisions. That is, no interaction needs to be considered among different products.


Inventory hedging Multi-product separation Mean-variance hedging Incomplete market 



We would like to thank the two anonymous referees and the editor for their constructive criticism and many suggestions that improved the paper.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yuemeng Sun
    • 1
  • Johannes Wissel
    • 2
  • Peter L. Jackson
    • 3
  1. 1.School of Operations Research and Information EngineeringCornell UniversityIthacaUSA
  2. 2.School of Operations Research and Information EngineeringCornell UniversityIthacaUSA
  3. 3.School of Operations Research and Information EngineeringCornell UniversityIthacaUSA

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