Optimal Issuing of Perishables with a Short Fixed Shelf Life

  • René Haijema
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6971)


The management of inventories of perishable products with a short maximal shelf life takes a good issuing policy next to a good ordering policy. Ordering policies of non-perishables are well studied in literature and implemented in Automated Store Ordering (ASO) systems and Computer Assisted Ordering (CAO) systems. These ordering policies are stock-level dependent and do not take the product ages into account. As a consequence when applied to perishable products they do not anticipate expected future outdating of products and thus result in unnecessary outdating and shortages. Improved ordering policies are proposed in the literature but hardly implemented in ASO and CAO systems as these are designed for the management of non-perishables. Without changing the order policies of such systems one may reduce outdating and shortages by issuing the products in a sophisticated way. We present therefore a stochastic model that is solved by stochastic dynamic programming.


Shelf Life Action Space Inventory Management Average Cost Blood Bank 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • René Haijema
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  1. 1.Operations Research and Logistics groupWageningen UniversityThe Netherlands

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