The optimal solution to the three sub-cases of case I.
Getting loans from banks are almost impossible after 2008 global financial crisis. As a result, about 80% of companies in the United Kingdom and the United States offer their products on various short terms, free-interest loans to customers. To compute the interest earned and charged during the credit period but not to the revenue and other costs which are considerably larger than the interest earned and charged, numerous researchers and academicians apply merely the discounted cash flow (DCF) analysis. In addition, some products deteriorate continuously and cannot sell after expiration date. However, a little number of researchers have considered the product lifetime expectance into their models. In this chapter, a supplier-retailer-customer chain model is developed. The supplier provides an upstream full trade credit to the retailer, and the credit-risk customer gets a downstream partial trade credit from the retailer. The non-decreasing deterioration rate is 100% near particularly close to its expiration date. To compute all relevant costs, DCF analysis is applied. The retailer’s optimal replenishment cycle time is not only exists but also unique that demonstrated in this proposal and that has been shown by the numerical examples.
- supply chain management
- expiration dates
- trade credit
- discount cash flow
- credit-risk customer
In traditional business transactions, it was implicitly assumed that the buyer must pay the procurement cost when products are received. However, in today’s competitive markets, most companies offer buyers various credit terms to impel sales and hence reduce inventory. In the United Kingdom, “estimates suggest” that more than 80% of the business transactions are which made on credit, while about 80% of the United States’ firms offer their products on trade credit, has been stipulated by Seifert et al. . Conversely, trade credit decreases the inventory holding cost, therefore affecting order quantity of buyer.
In literature for inventory models with trade credit financing, Goyal  derived the retailer’s optimal EOQ when the supplier provides a permissible delay in payment. Aggarwal and Jaggi  elongated the EOQ model for nondeteriorating items to deteriorating items. Jamal et al.  elaborate the model considering shortages. Teng  modified the previous models by using sales revenue to compute the interest earned from sales. Huang  then explored the problem to a supply chain system in an upstream and downstream trade credit environment. Liao  further generalized Huang’s model with an unlimited replenishment rate with a limited replenishment rate for deteriorating items. Min et al.  proposed an EPQ model with both upstream and downstream trade credits when the demand is stock dependent. Teng et al.  extended the constant demand rate to product’s life cycle dependent demand pattern. Under different credit terms, Chern et al. [10, 11] discussed Nash two-player equilibrium solutions between the supplier and the retailer. Chen et al. [12, 13] contributed the retailer’s optimal model. Liao et al.  and Wu et al.  discussed optimal strategy for deteriorating items with capacity constraints.
The products like volatile liquids, blood banks, fruits, fashion merchandises, vegetables, and high-tech products deteriorate continuously due to evaporation, spoilage, and obsolescence, among other reasons. An exponentially decaying inventory model is built by Ghare and Schrader . The constant deterioration rate is extended to Weibull failure rate by Covert and Philip . Dave and Patel  proposed linear time functional demand. For shortages, Sachan  further generalized the EOQ model. The demand is log-concave with time dependent derived by Hariga . Teng et al.  further expanded allowing shortages and continuous type demand pattern. Teng et al.  have permitted partial backlogging. For deteriorating products, Dye  investigated the effect of technology investment on refrigeration. No one of the above cited papers took the expiration date into consideration before Chen and Teng , Sarkar , Wang et al. , Wu et al. , and Sarkar et al. .
DCF is an important tool in inventory management. Researchers such as Hill and Pakkala , Chung and Liao , Dye et al. , Chang et al. , Mousavi et al.  work related to DCF analysis. Recently, Chen and Teng  and Duari and Chakraborti  applied the DCF analysis to obtain the optimal lot size and credit period in a supply chain with upstream and downstream trade credit financing.
A credit-worthy retailer generally gains a permissible delay on the entire purchasing quantity, in reality. However, a retailer often asks for credit-risk customers to cover a fraction of the purchasing cost at the time of placing an order and then provides a permissible delay (downstream credit). To reduce default risks with credit-risk customers, they use downstream partial trade credit as a strategy that has received relatively little attention by the researchers. Additionally, the majority of the recent studies consider merely the opportunity loss of trade credit. Most of the time, they ignore to take the opportunity loss of the other different costs in their study in order to take the effect of inflation and time value of money. For an exquisite and sharp analysis, the DCF analysis must be used on all relevant revenue and costs. Due to this fact, here a supplier-retailer-customer supply chain model is proposed. The supplier provides an upstream full credit period of S years to the retailer and the retailer gives to the customer a downstream partial credit period of R years. The deteriorating rate is constant or increasing and closer to 100% near expiration date. With time-dependent demand, the DCF analysis is applied to study the effects of inflation and time value of money. Weibull non-decreasing deterioration rate is considered mostly as a special case of the proposed generalized deterioration rate. The retailer’s objective function is formulated under different possible alternatives, in this study. We derived an algorithm to get optimal solution to each alternative using the existing theorem on concave functions. Finally, two numerical examples are solved in order to illustrate the problem.
The remaining of the paper is follows as: Section 2 defines notations and makes necessary assumptions. Section 3 gives the mathematical model; Section 4 derives the present value of the retailer’s annual total profit under each alternative. Section 5 provides the required algorithm which simplifies the search for the optimal solution. Section 6 presents numerical study. Finally, the conclusions and the future research direction are provided in Section 7.
2. Notation and assumption
The following notation and assumptions are used in this model.
The following notations are used in this model:
|fraction of the purchasing cost must be paid at the time of placing an order, 0 ˂ α ˂ 1|
|C||cost per unit|
|h||holding cost per unit|
|M||expiration time or maximum lifetime|
|OC||ordering cost per order|
|p||selling price per unit|
|R||downstream credit period in years by the retailer|
|S||upstream credit period in years by the supplier|
|Ic||interest charged by the retailer|
|Ie||interest earned by the supplier|
|T||replenishment cycle time|
|Q(t)||order quantity level at time t|
|deterioration rate at time t|
|I(t)||inventory level at time t|
|PTP(T)||present value of annual total profit|
For convenience, the asterisk symbol on a variable is denoted the optimal solution of the variable. For instance, T* is the optimal solution of T.
The following assumptions are made to build the mathematical inventory model:
In a supplier-retailer-customer supply chain system, the retailer obtains a full upstream credit period of S years from his/her supplier and in turn gives a partial downstream trade credit to his/her credit-risk customers who must cover α portion of the purchasing cost at the time of placing an order and then get a credit period of R years on the outstanding quantity. For reliable customers, just set , the retailer may provide a full trade credit.
The retailer deposits the sales revenue into an interest-bearing account after time R, if S R. When S (T + R), the retailer pays off the entire purchasing cost and collects all sales revenue at time S. Both, the credit payment sold by SR and the cash payment, are obtained from time 0 to S for S < T + R. To use the other activities and begin paying for the interest charges on the items sold, the retailer pays the supplier and retains the profit after (S − R).
The retailer gets cash payments from customers and immediately deposits those into an interest-bearing account until time S, if S R. As to credit payments, the retailer must finance at time S and then pay off the loan from time R to time T + R.
A deteriorating item deteriorates continuously and cannot be sold after its maximum lifetime or expiration date. Therefore, its deterioration rate is percent near to its expiration date. As a result, it is assumed without loss of generality that the deterioration rate at time t, , satisfies the following conditions:E1
We assume the deterioration asE2
a special case of (1):
It is assumed without loss of generality that both upstream and downstream credit periods R and S and the replenishment cycle time T are less than or equal to the expiration date m, since the deterioration rate reaches 100% after expiration dateE3
No shortages allowed.
Replenishment rate is instantaneous.
3. Mathematical model
The inventory level is depleted by demand and deterioration, during the replenishment cycle [0, T], and hence governed by the following differential equation (Figure 1):
With the boundary condition I(T) = 0. Note that the prime symbol on a variable is denoted the first order derivative with respect to the variable throughout the paper. Solving the differential Eq. (4), we get
3.1 Sales revenue
The customers get a downstream credit period of R years from the retailer. Thus, the retailer receives the cash payment for the time 0 to T. Also the retailer receives the credit payment from R to T + R. Hence, the present value of sales revenue per cycle time T of the retailer is
3.2 Different costs
3.2.1 Ordering cost
At time 0, the retailer orders deteriorating items. Hence, the present value of the retailer’s ordering cost per cycle time T is
3.2.2 Purchasing cost
Since the upstream trade credit is S years, the retailer must pay the supplier the whole purchasing cost cQ at time S. As a result, the present value of the retailer’s purchasing cost per cycle time T is
3.2.3 Holding cost
The present value of the retailer’s holding cost per cycle time T is
According to the values of R and S, there are two potential cases:
Case I: R S.
Case II: R ≥ S.
Both cases are discussed separately.
3.2.4 Case I: when R
Based on the values of S, T, and T + R, three sub-cases can occur:
S ≤ T.
T ≤ S ≤ T + R.
T + R ≤ S.
Notice that for both cases (i) S ≤ T and (ii) T ≤ S ≤ T + R, the case S = T is applicable.
Similarly, the condition S = T + R is applicable for cases (ii) T ≤ S ≤ T + R and (iii) T + R ≤ S.
The interest earned and the interest charged for the above three cases are investigated accordingly.
184.108.40.206 Sub-case 1a: S
In this sub-case, the retailer gets revenue and receives interest from the two possible sources: (a) the cash payment for the time 0 to S and (b) the credit payment for the time R to S. So, the present value of the interest earned per cycle is
The retailer provides his customers a credit period of R years and gets customers’ credit payments from time R through (T + R), on the other hand. The retailer obtains cS dollars from cash payment and (1-)c(S-R) dollars from credit payment, at time S, and therefore pays his/her supplier [cS+(1-c(S-R)] dollars. Consequently, the retailer must finance all items sold after time S for the cash payment and (S – R) for the credit payment at an interest charged Ic per dollar per year. So, the present amount of the interest charged per cycle is given by
4. Total profit of the model
4.1 Profit of the first sub-case of the model
4.1.1 Sub-case 1b: T
≤ S ≤ T + R
The retailer accumulates revenue and obtains interest from two sources: (a) the cash payment starting from time 0 to S and (b) the credit payment starting from time R to S. So, the present value of the interest earned per cycle is
By time T (≤ S), the retailer receives all cash payments so that there is no interest charged for the cash payment. However, the retailer must pay up all items sold during the interval [S–R, T]. Therefore, the annual interest charged is
4.2 Profit of the second sub-case of the model
4.2.1 Sub-case 1c: T + R
The retailer receives all the cash and credit payments before the supplier’s upstream credit period S and no interest charged. However, the present value of the interest earned per cycle is given by
4.3 Profit of the third sub-case of the model
So the present value of the retailer’s annual total profit is
This implies that PTP(T) is continuous in T ≥ 0.
4.3.1 Case II: when R
The following sub-cases may occur based on values of S and T: S ≤ T, and S ≥ T.
220.127.116.11 Sub-case 2a: S
As R ≥ S, there is no interest earned from the credit payment. However, the present value of the annual interest earned from the cash payment is
At time S, the retailer should finance (1-α)cT for the credit payment and αc(T–S) for the cash payment, respectively. Then, the retailer renders the loan for the cash payment at time T and pays off the loan for the credit payment at t = T + R. So, the present amount of the interest charged per cycle is
4.4 Profit of the first sub-case of the second case of the model
Consequently, the present value of the retailer’s annual total profit is
We then discuss the last sub-case in which R ≥ S ≥ T.
4.4.1 Sub-case 2b: S
Similarly, the present value of the interest earned from the cash payment per cycle is
For the cash payment, there is no interest to charge. On the other hand, the retailer must finance (1–α)cT for the credit payment at time S and start paying off the loan from time R to T + R.
Hence, the present amount of the interest charged per cycle is
4.5 Profit of the second sub-case of the second case of the model
Consequently, the present value of the retailer’s annual total profit is
It is clear that PTP(T) is continuous in T and has the following properties:
We developed the following algorithm to find the optimal solution of the problem. The algorithm is as follows:
6. Numerical examples
By using the proposed algorithm, we obtain the optimal solutions of each case shown in Table 1. As a result, for S = 0.74, then the optimal solution to the problem is .
As a result, at S = 0.44, the optimal solution to the problem is . Considering all the sub-cases, we can conclude that the second sub-case of the first case is more profitable for the retailer. Consequently, the background and the conditions to take the best policy of that model are better than irrespective of all other cases (Figure 4).
7. Conclusions and future research
Usually, the retailer uses a downstream partial trade credit as a strategy to reduced fault risks with credit-risk customers. The deterioration rate is time dependent and near cent percent near expiration date. We have investigated an EOQ model for deteriorating items in a general framework that Goyal , Teng [5, 36], Huang , Teng and Goyal , Chen and Teng , Wu and Chan , and Wu et al.  did special cases. In addition, to reflect the effects of inflation and time value of money, a discounted cash flow analysis has been adopted to obtain the present value of the total profit for time-dependent demand. By applying the existing theoretical results in concave functions, we have demonstrated the proper algorithm to find the optimal solution for possible alternatives. Then we have used the two most commonly used deterioration rates to run several numerical simulations. With increase in the purchasing cost, the holding cost, or the interest rate reduces the order quantity, the cycle time and the annual total profit is sensitive. In contrast, along product maximum life-span elevates the order quantity, the cycle time, and annual total profit is also sensitive. In addition, the total profit is very sensitive to the selling price. Consequently, to prolong product life-span and increase profit, retailers must negotiate with suppliers for low purchase cost and invest in preservation technology (such as refrigeration).
If time approaches to the expiration date, it may be profitable to have a closeout sale at a markdown price. One may extend the model from zero-ending inventory to nonzero-ending inventory. Furthermore, a researcher might consider allowing for shortages, allow partial backlogging, and allow for failure, scrap, and rework. Finally, the proposed model with a single player can be extended to an integrated cooperative model for both the retailer and the customer.
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