11th Annual ERCIM International Workshop on Constraint Solving and Contraint Logic Programming, Caparica, Portugal, 26 - 28 June 2006, vol.4651, pp.169-171
An interesting class of production/inventory control problems considers a single product and a single stocking location, given a stochastic demand with a known non-stationary probability distribution. Under a widely-used control policy for this type of inventory system, the objective is to find the optimal number of replenishments, their timings and their respective order-up-to-levels that meet customer demands to a required service level. We extend a known CP approach for this problem using a cost-based filtering method. Our algorithm can solve to optimality instances of realistic size much more efficiently than previous approaches, often with no search effort at all.