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This paper presents a methodology that helps managers evaluate how to assess the impact of postponement on supply chain performance considering logistics and ecological criteria. We consider a green supply chain design that considers CO2 transport emissions under different postponement strategy scenarios using a simulation tool.

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The paper focuses on a relevant extension of postponement theory by including green considerations into the evaluation of postponement strategies in green supply chain design. Moreover, it provides some insight on how to measure and evaluate the impact of postponement regarding supply chain transport performance, considering different transport modes (container ocean ship and truck) using the European Platform on Life-Cycle Assessment (EPLCA) of ELCD – European Life-Cycle Database.


Logistics and supply chain management is important for any company because they are an important source of competitive advantage. In the digital economy, new strategies like postponement allow mass customization of products. Moreover, in this new competitive environment companies should think about how the measure of the supply chain process not only considering a dual perspective - efficiency and effectivines - but now they need considering the ecological criteria also. This study provides some insight into how to measure and evaluate the impact of postponement regarding supply chain performance.

Dr. Luiz Eduardo Simão
Universidade do Vale do Itajai

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This page is a summary of: An approach to assess logistics and ecological supply chain performance using postponement strategies, Ecological Indicators, April 2016, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolind.2015.10.048.
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