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Impact of postponement on transport: an environmental perspective

Impact of postponement on transport: an environmental perspective 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. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The International Journal of Logistics Management Emerald Publishing

Impact of postponement on transport: an environmental perspective

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2005 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
0957-4093
DOI
10.1108/09574090510634502
Publisher site
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Abstract

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.

Journal

The International Journal of Logistics ManagementEmerald Publishing

Published: Dec 1, 2005

Keywords: Environmental health and safety; Business environment; Transport management; Distribution management; Corporate strategy

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