Cheng Qin

Work place: School of Management, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, People’s Republic of China



Research Interests: Database Management System, Software Creation and Management


Qin Cheng was born in Anqing, Anhui Province, China, on 1 October 1990. She is a Master’s candidate in Management Science and Engineering at the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC, Hefei, China). She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Information and Computing Science at Anhui University (AHU, Hefei, China) in 2012. Her current research interests are in supply chain and operation management.

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Manufacturer's Pricing Strategy for Supply Chain with Service Level-Dependent Demand

By Cheng Qin Tang Shu-yi

DOI:, Pub. Date: 22 Dec. 2014

This article considers the pricing strategies of a manufacturer in a two-echelon supply chain with service level-dependent demand. This chain consists of one manufacturer and two retailers. The manufacturer decides the wholesale prices as a Stackelberg leader, and the retailers determine their service levels as the Stackelberg followers. We discuss the segmented and unified pricing strategies of the manufacturer. We also compute the optimal service levels and profits of the retailers, as well as the optimal wholesale prices and profits of the manufacturer associated with different pricing strategies. We conclude that the segmented pricing strategy benefits the manufacturer, whereas it cannot benefit the two retailers simultaneously. Furthermore, it is disadvantageous to the profit of the entire supply chain. Moreover, the increase in service cost coefficient adversely affects the earnings of the customers, the retailers, the manufacturer, and the entire supply chain. However, an increase in diffusion intensity benefits the customers, the manufacturer, and the supply chain.

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