Supply Chain Purchasing Domain Optimization in a Portuguese Retail Company

  • Ana Teixeira
  • Eliana Costa e SilvaEmail author
  • Cristina Lopes
  • João Ferreira Santos
Conference paper
Part of the Springer Proceedings in Mathematics & Statistics book series (PROMS, volume 278)


In this paper we address a case study of the purchasing management section in a Portuguese company in the Retail sector. The purchasing management costs in this company were found to depend largely on the storage mode of the products. Therefore we developed a mathematical model for optimizing the purchasing management costs. In the model we address how to order the products and which storage mode to choose, in order to minimize costs and fulfil the demand. Real instances regarding the monthly demand for one year are tested and the results show that the model can reduce the ratio between operational costs and merchandise costs in almost every instance.


Supply chain Retail sector Mixed integer linear programming Decision-making 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ana Teixeira
    • 1
  • Eliana Costa e Silva
    • 1
    Email author
  • Cristina Lopes
    • 2
  • João Ferreira Santos
    • 3
  1. 1.CIICESI, ESTG / P.PORTO – Center for Research and Innovation in Business Sciences and Information Systems, School of Management and Technology / Polytechnic of PortoPortoPortugal
  2. 2.LEMA,CEOS.PP, ISCAP / P.PORTO – Mathematical Engineering Lab, Centre for Organisational and Social Studies of P.PORTO, Accounting and Business School / Polytechnic of PortoPortoPortugal
  3. 3.Auchan Retail PortugalPortoPortugal

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