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|Title:||Impact of postponement on transport: an environmental perspective|
|Author(s):||Biao Yang, (Faculty of Business and Organization, University of Groningen, Groningen, The Netherlands), Ying Yang, (School of Business Organisation and Management, University of Ulster at Jordanstown, Newtownabbey, UK), Jacob Wijngaard, (Faculty of Business and Organization, University of Groningen, Groningen, The Netherlands)|
|Citation:||Biao Yang, Ying Yang, Jacob Wijngaard, (2005) "Impact of postponement on transport: an environmental perspective", International Journal of Logistics Management, The, Vol. 16 Iss: 2, pp.192 - 204|
|Keywords:||Business environment, Corporate strategy, Distribution management, Environmental health and safety, Transport management|
|Article type:||Research paper|
|DOI:||10.1108/09574090510634502 (Permanent URL)|
|Publisher:||Emerald Group Publishing Limited|
Purpose – The purpose of this paper was to investigate the effects of postponement in the context of environmentally sound management.
Design/methodology/approach – The paper examined the environmental issues for a postponement strategy, with transport as a mediating factor. It also investigated the impact of related practices (e.g. just in time, e-commerce, vendor managed inventory and factory gate pricing) on transport.
Findings – This paper discussed ways of developing a postponement strategy which could benefit the economy, and which are not limited to taking into consideration the trade-off between inventory and transport costs. Some thoughts were also presented on possible ways of mitigating the effects of the increase in transport on traffic congestion and pollution levels.
Practical implications – The results of the research contribute to better designing the postponement strategy by placing more emphasis on environmental compatibility while conforming to the end market demand.
Originality/value – The paper emphasises the importance of environmental issues in a postponement strategy. It calls for a need to further understand the trade-offs between optimal supply chain efficiency and its environmental impact.
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