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Dynamic Control Mechanisms for Revenue Management with Flexible Products

Petrick, A.; Gönsch, J.; Steinhardt, C.; Klein, R.
Title of Journal:
Computers & Operations Research
Volume (Publication Date):
37 (2010)
Number of Issue:
Flexible products; Revenue management; Capacity control
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Revenue management with flexible products has experienced a growing interest in the academic literature within the last few years. Flexible products allow supply-side substitution between resources and can therefore help to maximize overall revenue as well as capacity utilization in markets with highly uncertain demand. This paper addresses the question of how the mathematical models which have been developed for capacity control with flexible products should be used over time to exploit the substitution opportunities, while keeping practical applicability in mind. Several dynamic control mechanisms are proposed, each of which makes use of the flexibility to a different extent. A comprehensive computational study shows the potential of the different approaches by revealing their strengths and weaknesses.