Inventory systems for goods with censored random lifetimes

David Perry, Wolfgang Stadje

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We consider a Poisson inventory model for perishable goods in which the items have random lifetimes and are scrapped either when reaching the end of their lifetime or a fixed constant expiration age. The crucial process to describe this system is the virtual death process (W(t))t≥0, where W(t) is the residual waiting time after time t until the next `death' of an item if there were no demand arrivals after t. We derive its stationary law in closed form and determine the distribution of the number of items in the system (also in steady state).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21-27
Number of pages7
JournalOperations Research Letters
Issue number1
StatePublished - Aug 2000

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was carried out while David Perry was a visiting professor at the University of Osnabrück. The support by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft is gratefully acknowledged.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Applied Mathematics


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