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


Postponement has been discussed by numerous scholars and researchers from different perspectives since 1950s when Alderson [3] observed that products tend to differentiate when they near the time of purchase in order to reduce marketing costs. He named this concept the principle of postponement. Postponement , also known as late customization or delayed product differentiation, refers to delaying some product differentiation processes in a supply chain as late as possible until the supply chain is cost effective (Garg and Lee [43]). It gives rise to economies of scale and scope through product and process standardization and customization, respectively.


Supply Chain Product Family Mass Customization Customer Order Economic Order Quantity 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • T.C. Edwin Cheng
    • 1
  • 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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