Mathematical Problems in Engineering

Volume 2015, Article ID 513435, 20 pages

http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2015/513435

## Integrated Supply Chain Cooperative Inventory Model with Payment Period Being Dependent on Purchasing Price under Defective Rate Condition

^{1}Department of Transportation Science, National Taiwan Ocean University, Keelung City 202, Taiwan^{2}Department of International Business, Kainan University, Taoyuan 338, Taiwan^{3}Department of Shipping and Transportation Management, National Taiwan Ocean University, Keelung City 202, Taiwan^{4}Graduate Institute of Industrial and Business Management, National Taipei University of Technology, No. 1, Sec. 3, Zhongxiao E. Road, Taipei City 106, Taiwan

Received 18 August 2014; Revised 7 November 2014; Accepted 18 November 2014

Academic Editor: Mu-Chen Chen

Copyright © 2015 Ming-Feng Yang et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

#### Abstract

In most commercial transactions, the buyer and vendor may usually agree to postpone payment deadline. During such delayed period, the buyer is entitled to keep the products without having to pay the sale price. However, the vendor usually hopes to receive full payment as soon as possible, especially when the transaction involves valuable items; yet, the buyer would offer a higher purchasing price in exchange of a longer postponement. Therefore, we assumed such permissible delayed period is dependent on the purchasing price. As for the manufacturing side, defective products are inevitable from time to time, and not all of those defective products can be repaired. Hence, we would like to add defective production and repair rate to our proposed model and discuss how these factors may affect profits. In addition, holding cost, ordering cost, and transportation cost will also be considered as we develop the integrated inventory model with price-dependent payment period under the possible condition of defective products. We would like to find the maximum of the joint expected total profit for our model and come up with a suitable inventory policy accordingly. In the end, we have also provided a numerical example to clearly illustrate possible solutions.

#### 1. Introduction

Inventory occurs in every stage of the supply chain; therefore, managing inventory in an effective and efficient way becomes a significant task for managers in the course of supply chain management (SCM). Fogarty [1] pointed out that the purpose of inventory is to retrieve demand and supply in an uncertain environment. Frankel [2] considered supply chain to be closely related to controlling and preserving stocks. A good inventory policy should contain a right venue to order, to manufacture, and to distribute accurate supply quantities at the right moment which will then store inventory at the right place to minimize total cost. Another reason for the need to collaborate with other members in the supply chain is to remain competitive. Better collaboration with customers and suppliers will not only provide better service but also reduce costs [3]. Beheshti [4] considered inventory policy as the key to affect conditions during the supply chain, and applying inappropriate inventory policy would result in great loss. Therefore, it is crucial for SCM practice to generate suitable inventory policy. Since the EOQ model proposed by Harris [5] and researchers as well as practitioners have shown interest in optimal inventory policy, Harris [5] focused on inventory decisions of individual firms; yet from the SCM perspective, collaborating closely with members of the supply chain is certainly necessary. Goyal [6] is the first researcher to point out the importance of performance when integrating a supplier and a customer’s inventory policies. The single-supplier single-customer model showed the total relevant cost reduction compared with traditional independent inventory strategy. Jammernegg and Reiner [7] pointed out that effective inventory management can enhance the value of the full supply chain. Olson and Xie [8] proposed purchasers and sellers should have a common inventory system when they cooperate with each other. Since supply chain is formed with multiple firms, focusing on a vendor and a buyer’s inventory problem is not sufficient. In other words, multiechelon inventory problem is one of the leading issues in SCM. Huang et al. [9] developed an inventory model as three-level dynamic noncooperative game by using the Nash equilibrium. Giannoccaro and Pontrandolfo [10] developed an inventory forecast for three-echelon supply chain to minimize the joint total cost. Cárdenas-Barrón et al. [11] made complements to some shortcomings in the model proposed by Sana [12] and then introduced alternative algorithm to obtain shorter CPU time and fewer total cost [3]. Sana [12] coordinated production and inventory decisions across the supplier, the manufacture, and the customer to maximize the total expected profits. Chung et al. [13] combined deteriorating items with two levels of trade credit under three-layer condition in the supply chain system. A new economic production quantity (EPQ) inventory is then proposed to minimize the total cost. Yang and Tseng [14] assumed that defective products occurred in the supplier and the manufacturer stage, and then backorder is allowed to develop a three-echelon inventory model. Permissible delay in payments and controllable lead time are also considered in the model.

Yield rate is an important factor in manufacturing industry. Production can be imperfect, which may have resulted from insufficient process control, wrongly planned maintenance, inadequate work instructions, or damages during handling (Rad et al., [15]). High defective rate will increase not only production costs but also inspecting costs and repair costs, which may likely cause shortage during the process. In early researches, defective production was rarely considered in economic ordering quantity (EOQ) model; however, defective production is a common condition in real practice. Schwaller [16] added fixed defective rate and inspecting costs to the traditional EOQ model. Paknejad et al. [17] developed an imperfect inventory model under random demands and fixed lead time. Liu and Yang [18] developed an imperfect inventory model which included good products, repairable products, and scrap to maximize the joint total profits. Salameh and Jaber [19] indicated that all products should be divided into good products and defective products; they found that EOQ will increase as defective products increase. Eroglu and Ozdemir [20] extended Salameh and Jaber’s [19] model, who indicated how defective rate affects economic production quantity (EPQ) with defective products and permissible shortage. All defective products can be inspected and sold separately from good products. Pal et al. [21] developed a three-layer integrated production-inventory model considering out-of-control quality may occur in the supplier and manufacturer stage. The defective products are reworked at a cost after the regular production time. Using Stakelberg’s approach, we can see that the integrated expected average profit was being compared with the total expected average profits. Sarkar et al. [22] extended such work and developed three inventory models considering that the proportion of products could follow different probability distribution: uniform, triangular, and beta. The models allowed planned backorders and the defective products to be reworked [23]. The comparison table was made to show that the minimum cost is obtained in the case of triangular distribution. Soni and Patel [24] assumed that an arrival order lot may contain defective items, and the number of defective items is a random variable which follows beta distribution in a numerical example. The demand is sensitive to retail price, and the production rate will react to demand.

Recently, permissible delay in payments has become a common commercial strategy between the vendor and the buyer. It will bring additional interests or opportunity costs to each other as permissible delayed period varies; hence, delayed period is a critical issue that researchers should consider when developing inventory models. In traditional EOQ assumptions, the buyer has to pay upon product delivery; however, in actual business transactions, the vendor usually gives a fixed delayed period to reduce the stress of capital. During such period, the buyer can make use of the products without having to pay to the vendor; both parties can earn extra interests from sales. Goyal [25] developed an EOQ model with delays in payments. Two situations were discussed in the research: (1) time interval between successive orders was longer than or equal to permissible delay in settling accounts; (2) time interval between successive orders was shorter than permissible delay in settling accounts. Aggarwal and Jaggi [26] quoted Goyal’s [25] assumptions to develop a deteriorating inventory model under fixed deteriorating rate. Jamal et al. [27] extended Aggarwal and Jaggi’s [26] model and added shortage condition. Teng [28] also amended Goyal’s [25] EOQ model and acquired two conclusions. (1) The EOQ decreases and the order cycle period shortens. It is different from Goyal’s [25] conclusion. (2) If the supplier wants to decrease the stocks, the supplier has to set higher interest rate to the retailer unpaid payments after the payment periods are overdue, but this will cause the EOQ to be higher than traditional EOQ model. Huang et al. [29] developed a vendor-buyer inventory model with order processing cost reduction and permissible delay in payments. They considered applying information technologies to reduce order processing cost as long as the vendor and the buyer are willing to pay additional investment costs. They also showed that Ha and Kim’s [30] model is actually a special case. Lou and Wang [31] extended Huang’s [32] integrated inventory model which discussed the relationship between the vendor and the buyer in trade credit financing. They relaxed the assumption that the buyer’s interest earned is always less than or equal to the interests charged. They also established a discrimination term to determine whether the buyer’s replenishment cycle time is less than the permissible delay period. Li et al. [33] extended the model of Meca et al. [34] by adding permissible payment delays into the corresponding inventory game. They also showed that the core of the inventory game is nonempty and the grand coalition is stable in a myopic perspective; therefore, largest consistent set (LCS) is applied to improve the grand coalition. While most of EOQ models are considered with infinite replenishment rate, Sarkar et al. [35] developed EOQ model for various types of time-dependent demand when delay in payment and price discount are permitted by suppliers in order to obtain the optimal cycle time with finite replenishment rate.

The main purpose of this paper is to maximize the expected joint total profits. Based on Yang and Tseng’s [14] model, we also considered the fact that some defective products can be repaired. Furthermore, we proposed functions between purchasing costs and permissible delayed payment period to balance the opportunity costs and interests income when we promote cooperation. We first defined the parameters and assumptions in Section 2, and then we started to develop the integrated inventory model in Section 3. In Section 4, we tried to solve the model to get the optimal solution. A series of numerical examples would be discussed to observe the variations of decision variables by changing parameters in Section 5. In the end, we summarized the variation and present conclusions.

#### 2. Notations and Assumptions

We first develop a three-echelon inventory model with repairable rate and include permissible delay in payments dependent on sale price. The expected joint total annual profits of the model can be divided into three parts: the annual profit of the supplier, the manufacturer, and the retailer. We then observe how purchasing cost may affect permissible delayed period, EOQ, the number of delivery per production run, and the expected joint total annual profits under different manufacturer’s production rate and defective rate.

##### 2.1. Notations

To establish the mathematical model, the following notations and assumptions are used. The notations are shown as follows.

*The Parameters and the Decision Variable* : Economic delivery quantity of the th model, , a decision variable : The number of lots delivered in a production cycle from the manufacturer to the retailer of th model, , a positive integer and a decision variable.

*(i) Supplier Side* : Supplier’s purchasing cost per unit : Supplier’s ordering cost per order : Supplier’s annual holding cost per unit : Supplier’s opportunity cost per dollar per year : Supplier’s interest earned per dollar per year.

*(ii) Manufacturer Side* : Manufacturer’s production rate : Manufacturer’s permissible delayed period : Manufacturer’s purchasing cost per unit : Manufacturer’s ordering cost per order : The probability of defective products from manufacturer : The probability of defective products can be repaired : Manufacturer’s inspecting cost per unit : Manufacturer’s repair cost per unit : Manufacturer’s scrap cost per unit : The time for repairing all defective products at manufacturer : Manufacturer’s transportation cost per shipment : Manufacturer’s annual holding cost per unit : The length of lead time of manufacturer : Manufacturer’s opportunity cost per dollar per year : Manufacturer’s interest earned per dollar per year.

*(iii) Retailer Side* : Average annual demand per unit time : Retailer’s permissible delayed period : Retailer’s selling price per unit : Retailer’s purchasing cost per unit : Retailer’s ordering cost per order : Retailer’s transportation cost per shipment : Retailer’s annual holding cost per unit : The length of lead time of retailer : Retailer’s opportunity cost per dollar per year : Retailer’s interest earned per dollar per year : Supplier’s total annual profit : Manufacturer’s total annual profit : Retailer’s total annual profit : The expected joint total annual profit, .

*Note*. “” represents four different cases due to the relationship of lead time and permissible payment period of manufacturer and the relationship of lead time and permissible payment period of retailer. We will have more detailed discussions in Section 3.

##### 2.2. Assumptions

(1)This supply chain system consists of a single supplier, a single manufacturer, and a single retailer for a single product.(2)Economic delivery quantity multiplied by the number of deliveries per production run is economic order quantity (EOQ).(3)Shortages are not allowed.(4)The sale price must not be less than the purchasing cost at any echelon, .(5)Defective products only happened in the manufacturer and can be inspected and separated into repairable products and scrap immediately.(6)Scrap cannot be recycled, so the manufacturer has to pay to throw away.(7)The seller provides a permissible delayed period ( and ). During the period, the purchaser keeps selling the products and earning the interest by selling revenue. The purchaser pays to the seller at the end of the time period. If the purchaser still has stocks, it will bring capital cost.(8)The lead time of manufacturer is equal to the cycle time (). The lead time of supplier is equal to the cycle time ().(9)The purchasing cost is in inverse to the permissible delayed period. It means that the cheaper the purchasing cost, the longer the permissible delayed period.(10)The time horizon is infinite.

#### 3. Model Formulation

In this section, we have discussed the model of supplier, manufacture, and retailer, and we combined them all into an integrated inventory model. We extended Yang and Tseng’s [14] research to compute opportunity costs and interests income. Finally, we used the function between purchasing costs and the permissible delayed payment period to discuss and observe the variation of the expected joint total annual profits.

##### 3.1. The Supplier’s Total Annual Profit

In each production run, the supplier’s revenue includes sales revenue and interest income; the supplier’s includes ordering cost, holding cost, and opportunity cost. Under the condition of permissible delay in payments, if the payment time of the manufacturer () is longer than the lead time of the manufacturer (), it will bring additional interests income based on its interest rate () to the manufacturer. On the other hand, it causes the supplier to pay additional opportunity cost based on its interest rate (). If the payment time of the manufacturer () is shorter than the lead time of the manufacturer (), it will bring not only additional interests income but also the opportunity costs based on its interest rate ( and ) separately to the manufacturer because of the rest of stocks; however, it causes the supplier to pay additional opportunity costs but gains additional interests income based on its interest rate ( and ) separately.

Before we start to establish the inventory model, we have to discuss how defective rate () and repair rate () can affect yield rate. In each production run, the manufacturer outputs defective products because of the imperfect production line. In other words, yield rate is (). There is fixed proportion to repair these defective products, which means that the proportion of repaired products is (). Since the repaired products are counted in the yield products, we have to revise yield rate by adding the proportion of repaired products. Figure 1 showed the relationship of defective rate, repair rate, and yield rate. So revised yield rate is . In order to satisfy the demand in each production run, the manufacturer will request the supplier to deliver .