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Conclusions, Implications and Future Research Directions

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

The objective of this book was to address the benefits of adopting a pull postponement strategy, which is enabled with a form postponement strategy, in a supply chain from a manufacturer’s point of view. In order to provide some general insights that can be applied to a wide spectrum of scenarios, we developed four postponement models based on different customer demand distributions, inventory policies and supply chain compositions. In each model, a total average cost function and some performance indicators were defined and they were used to compare with those of a non-postponement model. Our research showed that the postponement strategy is more beneficial when dealing with more than one end-product. A summary of our findings are presented as follows.

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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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