These retail outlets receive their orders from Martin-Pullin within two days after notifying the distribution center, provided that the stock is available.

 However, if an order is not fulfilled by the company, no backorder is placed; the retailers arrange to get their shipment from other distributors, and MPBC loses that amount of business. Demands for Airwing Model (table in the attached file)

 The company distributes a wide variety of bicycles. The most popular model, and the major source of revenue for the company, is the Airwing. MPBC receives all the models from a single manufacturer overseas, and shipment takes as long as four weeks from the time an order is placed. With the cost of communication, paperwork, and customs clearance included, MPBC estimates that each time an order is placed, it incurs a cost of $65. 

The purchase price paid by MPBC, per bicycle, is roughly 60% of the suggested retail price for all the styles available, and the inventory carrying cost is 1% per month (12% per year) of the purchase price paid by MPBC. 

The retail price (paid by the customers) for the AirWing is $170 per bicycle. MPBC is interested in making an inventory plan for 2016. The firm wants to maintain a 95% service level with its customers to minimize the losses on the lost orders.

 The data collected for the past two years are summarized in the accompanying table. A forecast for Airwings model sales in 2016 has been developed and will be used to make an inventory plan for MPBC. 

Discussion Questions

 1. Develop an inventory plan to help MPBC. 

2. Discuss ROPs and total costs. 

3. How can you address demand that is not at the level of the planning horizon?