07249068 is referenced by 19 patents and cites 15 patents.

An inventory planning scheme is described in which an optimal safety stock level of a product is estimated to cover uncertainty in demand over an exposure period with a desired service level based at least in part upon product availability from a spot market. The inventory planning scheme enables an asset manager to cover uncertainty in future end customer demand with a safety stock level that is less than the safety stock level required to cover expected demand with a desired service level when supply is available only from non-spot market sources. In this way, an asset manager may trade some certainty in product price for a shorter and more certain product delivery time to reduce overall product costs by reducing the level of safety stock kept on hand. In particular, per unit prices of products supplied by spot market sources may be higher than the prices of comparable products and components supplied by non-spot market sources. However, depending upon market conditions, overall product costs may be lowered by reducing safety stock levels (and, consequently, lowering total safety stock costs), and supplying from spot market sources the fraction of unmet actual demand needed to reach target service levels.

Spot market-based inventory planning
Application Number
Publication Number
7249068 (B1)
Application Date
June 30, 2000
Publication Date
July 24, 2007
Gianpaolo Callioni
Palo Alto
John J Neale
Palo Alto
Steve Kakouros
Palo Alto
Hewlett Packard Development Company
G06G 1/00
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