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Postponement

Case Number: 7-204-250, Year Published: 2006

HBS Number: KEL128

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Authors: Sunil Chopra; Jeffrey Blount; Peter Meindl; Marek Prach; Danny Su; Fuminori Takemura

Key Concepts

Inventory Management, Postponement, Supply Chain

Abstract

This note describes the concept of postponement of product variety and how it may be used to better match supply and demand while lowering inventories. The note discusses situations where postponement is more or less valuable. Several industry examples of postponement are discussed.

Number of Pages: 15

Extended Case Information

Teaching Areas: Manufacturing, Operations

Geographic: NA

Industry: NA

Organization Name: NA

Organization Department: NA

Decision Maker Position: NA

Year of Case: 1998