Crossover aware base stock decisions for service-driven systems

Dean C. Chatfield, Alan M. Pritchard

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We investigate the impact of order crossover on a periodic, order-up-to (R,S) inventory system where attaining a target service level is the focus. We first address two crossover related assumptions and then explore five methods of including crossover information into the process of determining the order-up-to level (S). We develop a hybrid discrete-event/continuous simulation model and perform a full-factorial simulation study under various conditions of target service level, demand variance, and lead-time variance. We find the method used to include crossover information into the decision significantly impacts service performance and that methods based on effective lead-time observations perform best.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)312-330
Number of pages19
JournalTransportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review
StatePublished - Jun 2018


  • Amazon effect
  • Inventory
  • Lead time
  • Order crossover
  • Service level
  • Simulation


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