Application of Postponement: Examples from Industry

  • T.C. Edwin ChengEmail author
  • Jian Li
  • C.L. Johnny Wan
  • Shouyang Wang
Part of the International Series in Operations Research & Management Science book series (ISOR, volume 143)

In this chapter we report on two case studies of applying postponement strategy in industry. The first case is a study of a Hong Kong based toaster manufacturing company, which has successfully implemented postponement strategy. We present a summary of how postponement strategy was implemented in its supply chain and elaborate on all the benefits arising from the implementation of postponement. We also discuss the implications of postponement for its supply chain. In the second case an empirical analysis by Chiou et al. [28] is introduced. They empirically examine the application of postponement strategy in Taiwanese information technology (IT) firms. First, the four types of form postponements are examined. Second, the factors affecting the adoption of different form postponement strategies are explored. The managerial and practical implications are also discussed.


Supply Chain Customer Demand Demand Forecast Customer Order Demand Fluctuation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • T.C. Edwin Cheng
    • 1
    Email author
  • Jian Li
    • 2
  • C.L. Johnny Wan
    • 1
  • Shouyang Wang
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Logistics & Maritime StudiesThe Hong Kong Polytechnic UniversityKowloonHong Kong SAR
  2. 2.School of Economics & Management Beijing University of Chemical Technology (BUCT)BeijingChina, People’s Republic
  3. 3.Chinese Academy of Sciences Academy of Mathematics & Systems ScienceBeijingChina, People’s Republic

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