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Cutting costs or enhancing revenues? An example of a multi-product firm with impatient customers illustrates an important choice facing operational researchers. (English) Zbl 1086.90505
Summary: A new dilemma facing the operational researcher with limited resources is, whether to continue the traditional focus on improving the efficiency of the firm or to focus instead on improving the revenue side of the firm’s income statement. In this article, we examine this decision using a model of a firm that was published in this journal by Levin et al. We use this model, as applied to a UK-based multi-product manufacturer of wooden furniture, to illustrate the dramatic revenue and profit gains potentially available by applying revenue management concepts in a manufacturing environment.

MSC:
90B30 Production models
91B24 Microeconomic theory (price theory and economic markets)
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