Modelling Timings of the Company’s Response to Specific Customer Requirements

  • Petr SuchánekEmail author
  • Robert Bucki
Conference paper
Part of the Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies book series (SIST, volume 186)


The paper highlights the problem of delays of information flow in the logistics manufacturing system. Delays result from the need for sending a customer’s inquiry to the customer service department in order to obtain the precise information regarding whether or not an order can be made by the logistics system. Time delays are caused either by elaborating the inquiry in separate units within the logistics chain or by the process of passing information between units as well as subunits in the system. After obtaining information from the units in question, the answer is sent back to the customer. The goal of the paper is to present one of the possible approaches to modelling the information delay flow between individual communication units of an example logistics chain in terms of processing a response to a customer’s query. The article presents a mathematical model of the problem using a heuristic approach as well as a proposal for a method of calculating the cost of servicing customers’ inquiries.


Criterion Delays Heuristic approach Information flow Logistics system Mathematical model Minimal cost Modelling Optimization 



This paper was supported by the project SGS/8/2018—“Advanced Methods and Procedures of Business Processes Improvement” at the Silesian University in Opava, School of Business Administration in Karvina.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Business Administration in KarvinaSilesian University in OpavaKarvinaCzech Republic
  2. 2.Institute of Management and Information TechnologyBielsko-BialaPoland

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