PRODUCT FULFILLMENT IN SUPPLY CHAINS SUPPORTING INTERNET-RETAILING OPERATIONS

Elliot Rabinovich, Philip T. Evers

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Abstract

Customer service, based on economical logistics operations across the supply chain, is key to the realization of sustainable levels of profitability in Internet retailing. Concentrating on inventory and product-release operations, an empirical simulation model suggests that inventory centralization and market demand growth positively affect the level of cost-effective service received by online shoppers. The results also show that under increasing demand levels, Internet retailers can provide optimal service to consumers by fulfilling orders through inventories located at their own facilities and avoid relying on inventories held elsewhere in the supply chain.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)205-236
Number of pages32
JournalJournal of Business Logistics
Volume24
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1 2003

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Keywords

  • Centralization
  • Fulfillment
  • Internet Retailing
  • Postponement
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Vertical Integration

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business, Management and Accounting (miscellaneous)
  • Management Science and Operations Research

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