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Title: Pricing/inventory decisions and profit shares in a non-integrated marketing channel for a single-period product
Authors: Lau, HS
Lau, AL
Kottas, JF
Keywords: Inventory
Single period products
Supply chain
Issue Date: 2001
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Source: Journal of the Operational Research Society, 2001, v. 52, no. 6, p. 682-690 How to cite?
Journal: Journal of the Operational Research Society 
Abstract: We consider the situation in which the manufacturer of a single-period product first sets the unit wholesale price and then the retailer responds with an order size. We present mostly analytical results on the effects of the problem's environmental parameters (such as shortage cost and demand uncertainty) on the optimal decisions (ie, the unit wholesale price and retailer's order size) and on the expected profits of the manufacturer and of the retailer. Some of these effects are counter-intuitive and/or contradict related results published recently for similar models. The most important finding is that demand uncertainty is always harmful to the manufacturer but is very often beneficial to the retailer. This means that when the manufacturer can set the wholesale price, the manufacturer should be much more supportive (or even aggressive) than previously advised towards activities such as market surveys and ‘Quick Response’ that reduce the retailer's market uncertainty; in contrast, the retailer need not be as enthusiastic about these activities.
ISSN: 0160-5682
EISSN: 1476-9360
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