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Implications of postponement for the supply chain

Yang, B. and Burns, N. (2003) Implications of postponement for the supply chain. International Journal of Production Research, 41 (9). pp. 2075-2090. ISSN 0020-7543

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As a marketing, logistics and manufacturing concept, postponement has been around in the literature for a long time. Its application can also be dated to the 1920s. However, only in recent times has it been used as a supply chain strategy. Postponement fosters a new way of thinking about product design, process design and supply chain management. In this paper, we rethink the supply chain from a postponement point of view and present the implications of postponement for the decoupling point, supply chain integration, control of the supply chain and capacity planning issues. The objective is to extend the significance of postponement towards the perspective of a holistic supply chain context.

Item Type: Article
Institution: The University of York
Academic Units: The University of York > The York Management School
Depositing User: York RAE Import
Date Deposited: 08 May 2009 13:54
Last Modified: 08 May 2009 13:54
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00207544031000077284
Status: Published
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Identification Number: 10.1080/00207544031000077284
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/6457

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