Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/9833
Title: Optimal advance-selling strategy for fashionable products with opportunistic consumers returns
Authors: Li, Y 
Xu, L
Choi, TM 
Govindan, K
Keywords: Advance-selling
Management decision making
Marketing-operations
Moral-hazard
Return policy
Valuation uncertainty
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Source: IEEE transactions on systems, man, and cybernetics. Systems, 2014, v. 44, no. 7, 6616619, p. 938-952 How to cite?
Journal: IEEE transactions on systems, man, and cybernetics. Systems 
Abstract: Advance-selling (AS) is a commonly observed industrial practice in which a retailer allows consumers to prebook the fashionable product before the real selling season starts. Motivated by this practice, this paper studies AS strategy for a retailer who sells a newsvendor-type of fashionable product in light of potential consumer opportunistic returns. In our model, the consumers face valuation uncertainty and know their valuation realization only after product acquisition. There also exists aggregate demand uncertainty, captured in the conventional newsvendor model. All preorders are fulfilled at the beginning of a normal-selling season. We build analytical optimization models and consider three strategic options for the retailer, namely, no advance-selling allowed (NAP), advance-selling with full refund (AFP) and advance-selling with partial refund (APP), where there are two suboptions under APP. We derive the retailer's optimal pricing and refund policies for each option. By comparing the results in the above options, important insights are generated. Finally, we conduct a numerical analysis to further examine the impacts brought by consumers valuation, market condition, and consumers classification on the optimal strategy.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/9833
ISSN: 2168-2216
EISSN: 2168-2232
DOI: 10.1109/TSMC.2013.2280558
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