Technical note: Some structural results on acyclic supply chains

Junmin Shi, Yao Zhao

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We consider acyclic supply chains under the full backorder assumption and reveal several simple yet unique properties. Most interestingly, we identify conditions for the best dedicated stocking policy to outperform the best shared stocking policy, and for an acyclic supply chain to be decomposable into a simpler network (e.g., tree). We specify ways to decompose them.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)605-613
Number of pages9
JournalNaval Research Logistics
Issue number6
StatePublished - Sep 2010
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Ocean Engineering
  • Management Science and Operations Research


  • Acyclic supply chains
  • Decomposition
  • Dedicated stock
  • Shared stock


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