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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. In light of the classification of the literature developed, opportunitiesdoi:10.1016/s0272-6963(00)00057-7 fatcat:7nnkw3tifzh4tdioyrz6pltzdm