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A Food company is attempting to set the customer service level (in stock probability in its warehouse) for a particular product line item.

A Food company is attempting to set the customer service level (in stock probability in its warehouse) for a particular product line item. Annual sales for the item are 110,000 boxes, or 4230 boxes biweekly. The product cost in inventory is $10, to which $1 is added as profit margin. Stock replenishment is every two weeks and the demand during this time is assumed normally distributed with a standard deviation of 400 boxes. Inventory carrying costs are 30 percent per year of item value. Management estimates that a 0.17 percent change in total revenue would occur for each 1 percent change in the in-stock probability.

A. Based on this information, find the optimum in-stock probability for the item.

B. What is the weakest link in this methodology? Why?

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a) Optimum service level is the point where the change of cost equals to the change of profit (∆p = ∆c) ∆p = Trading... View the full answer

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