In this paper we will discuss a general framework for single item inventory models based on the theory of regenerative processes. After resenting without proof the main theorems for regenerative processes we analyze in detail how the different single item models can be embedded within this general theory. This facilitates to write down the expressions for the average cost associated with an arbitrary costrate function f. Since these expressions are still complicated, involving convolutions, we use a recently developed numerically stable Laplace inversion algorithm to compute these objective functions in MATLAB. This enables us to compute the exact costs instead of using approximations.

Econometric Institute Research Papers
Erasmus School of Economics

Bazsa-Oldenkamp, E., Frenk, H., & den Iseger, P. (1998). Inventory control and regenerative processes (No. EI 9848). Econometric Institute Research Papers. Retrieved from