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van Hoek, Remko I., "The rediscovery of postponement a literature review and directions for research, Journal of Operations Management,  Vol. 19, No. 2, Feb 2001, pp. 161-184.



The concept of postponement is increasingly drawing the attention of researchers and practitioners. Postponement means delaying activities in the supply chain until customer orders are received with the intention of customizing products, as opposed to performing those activities in anticipation of future orders. This paper reviews the literature on postponement dating back to 1965, and puts it in a systematic framework.