MAGAZINE №2 (79) April 2017


CATEGORY  Inventory management Logistics service management Optimization and mathematical modelling


Russian companies intend to be among the leaders in the international logistics world in order to attract financial investments and labor force. Being monitored on a regular basis by the World Bank the Russian Federation is compared with other countries via several logistics performance indicators. These indicators are mainly focused on the flows movement speed evaluation within the supply chains of a country. Therefore, there are latent opportunities in material flows management to strengthen the position of domestic companies on the international scene. The research extends main review inventory policies transforming main parameters of widely used models in the context of customers’ requirement satisfaction. For this purpose, the methods of economic, mathematic and statistics are implemented. The comparison of five various environmental conditions, among which are the prohibition of stock out, the provision of items available on stock, balance achieving between holding and shortage costs, influence of out-of-stock event and absence of a separate item allows to find out the strictest requirements to the logistics service level. 

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MAGAZINE №6 (77) December 2016



POLITOVA T.Y. - Reverse Logistics Manager, Tehnosila (Moscow, Russia)

CATEGORY  Analysis in logistics and SCM Retail companies’ corporate logistics Logistics service management


Despite the technologies development  focused on material flow management improvement in retail, the problem of poor on-shelf availability (OSA) is still the main challenge for both producers and retailers. The difficulty to increase the availability of goods is associated with a lack of clear understanding of its low value causes. On the one hand, current out-of-stock causes’ groupings reveal a different degree of problem elaboration in the literature. On the other hand, they help to clarify a general viewpoint on the problem in the academic sphere and to explore the factors influencing OSA.

OSA may differ significantly for different categories of goods, variously affecting retailer performance. Management of goods with limited shelf life, i.e. “Fresh”, is the most problematic from material flow management standpoint. Poor OSA causes for fresh food are grouped in the article. The classification takes into account the characteristics of goods with limited shelf life and the specifics of a retailer that use automatic replenishment stores’ system. This classification aims to be the first step in the “Fresh” on-shelf availability management. 



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