Can merge-in-transit be sustainable? A micro-enterprise perspective

Vilalta-perdomo, Eliseo Luis and Cruz-Mejia, Oliverio and Hingley, Martin (2017) Can merge-in-transit be sustainable? A micro-enterprise perspective. In: OR59 Annual Conference, 12-14 September 2017, Loughborough University.

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Abstract

The theme of sustainable supply chains is explored from a particular configuration, Merge-In-Transit (MiT).
Three different operational strategies: Postponement, Mass Customization and Rapid Fulfilment are revisited in the light of MiT. Limitations to current understandings of ‘sustainability’ are recognised and an extension to this concept is explored in the context of Micro-Businesses (MBs).
In order to build operational approaches to this extension, different retailing structures are presented and discussed: direct marketing, supply chain, supply network and supply community. Finally, two languages: of needs and for interactions are presented and exemplified to show alternative approaches to build sustainability in supply chains where MBs participate actively.

Keywords:Supply chain management, Merge-in-transit, small and micro-businesses, Postponement, Mass customization, Rapid fulfilment
Subjects:N Business and Administrative studies > N530 Distribution
Divisions:Lincoln International Business School
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Deposited On:08 Nov 2017 15:05

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