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Optimal inventory decisions when offering layaway

Dimitrov, S. & Ceryan, O. ORCID: 0000-0002-7298-9781 (2018). Optimal inventory decisions when offering layaway. International Journal of Production Research, doi: 10.1080/00207543.2018.1502484


This paper presents an inventory management policy for a retailer offering a layaway programme. Layaway is a service provided by retailers that allows budget constrained consumers who have sufficiently high valuations to pay for a product in several instalments rather than at once and obtain the product that has been reserved for them at the end of the payment period. If a consumer defaults on payments, then the reserved item is released back into store inventory. In this paper, we first determine the retailer's optimal order decisions when layaway is offered. We find that the order quantity under a layaway programme decreases with the likelihood of consumers not finishing their layaway plans and that it is not always profitable for a retailer to offer a layaway programme. We then identify the market conditions under which the retailer would benefit from a layaway programme. Lastly, we consider an extension to capture the influence of the timing of consumer defaults.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in International Journal of Production Research on 25 September 2018, available online:
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
Departments: Bayes Business School > Management
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