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A Study on Multi-Period Inventory Clearance Pricing in Consideration of Consumer's Reference Price Effect
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A Study on Multi-Period Inventory Clearance Pricing in Consideration of Consumer's Reference Price Effect
Koide, Takeshi; Sandoh, Hiroaki;
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It is difficult to determine an appropriate discount price for daily perishable products to increase profit from a long-term standpoint. Even if the discount pricing is efficient to increase profit of the day, consumers memorize the sales price and they might hesitate to purchase the product at a regular price the following day. The authors discussed the inventory clearance pricing for a single period in our previous study by constructing a mathematical model to derive an optimal sales price to maximize the expected profit by considering the reference price effect of demand. This paper extends the discussion to handle the discount pricing for multiple periods. A mathematical analysis is first conducted to reveal the properties on an objective function, which is the present value of total expected profits for multiple periods. An algorithm is then proposed to derive an optimal price for asymmetric consumers. Numerical experiments investigate the characteristics of the objective function and optimal pricings.
Clearance Pricing;Inventory Control;Multiple Periods;Optimization;Reference Price Effect;
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