Impact of postponement on transport: an environmental perspective

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)

International Journal of Logistics Management, The

ISSN: 0957-4093

Publication date: 1 December 2005

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.

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Citation

Yang, B., Yang, Y. and Wijngaard, J. (2005), "Impact of postponement on transport: an environmental perspective", International Journal of Logistics Management, The, Vol. 16 No. 2, pp. 192-204. https://doi.org/10.1108/09574090510634502

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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