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The optimal price discount, order quantity and minimum quantity in newsvendor model with group purchase

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  • Based on the feature of small profits but quick turnover, group-buying, an emerging e-commerce model, benefits both retailers and customers. In this paper, we explore the optimal price discount, order quantity and minimum quantity with a fixed selling price of the product to maximize the sellers' profit. The traditional newsvendor model framework is used in view of the shortened life cycle of most products. The demand of customers is assumed to be in addition form and product form, respectively, and the impacts of demand parameters are examined numerically. It is revealed that in some cases the profit cannot be improved significantly through price discount because of unconspicuous increase in demand. However, when the demand changes obviously with price discount, group-buying can bring more profit through price discount and inspire vendors to order more goods. Through numerical results, it is shown that the influence of demand in the product form is more evident than that in the addition form under the strategy of group-buying. Furthermore, the profit-based minimum quantity and the probability of selling nothing during the group time are also shown in this paper.
    Mathematics Subject Classification: Primary: 90B05; Secondary: 90B50.

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