A Decision Support System for Multi-Product Inventory Control Management

Masood A. Badri

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    A simulation based-decision support system for multi-product iventory control management is developed. The system permits management to obtain an inventory system-wide view of the effect of changes in decision variables on the performance measures of a furniture manufacturing firm. The simulation model considers the effect of variations in demand, reorder point, stock-control level, time between reviews, and lead-time. The decision support system generates policy scenarios based on management specifications. The effect of each scenario on system performance is then analysed. A set of search methods is combined with the DSS to aid in the optimisation process. The developed network consists of three basic sub-networks. The first sub-network represents the demand, backorder, and stock components of the system. The second network represents the periodic review process with stock control levels for each poduct. The third sub-network performs profit and cost calculations under normal circumstances and when lost sales are present.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)19-43
    Number of pages25
    JournalInternational Journal of Information and Management Sciences
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - Jun 1998


    • Decision Support System (DSS)
    • Multi-Product Inventory Control
    • Simulation

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Control and Systems Engineering
    • Management Information Systems
    • Strategy and Management
    • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
    • Information Systems and Management


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