How we determine product postponement in a pantry car, of railway train? Any idea/suggestion? Regards nila
From India , Surat
It is all based on what 'contribution' the product gives...
contribution is defined as the excess of sales over variable cost...
btw
in the case of railways,hospitals and other services what is more looked is the satisfaction and other related liking by the consumers....
in the case of railway canteens....an analysis is always made what exactly is the 'consumption'pattern...since the travellers do not get anything midway especially in the case of super fast and express trains...it was conceived that the passengers are provided with the amenities in the train itself...it is unfortunate that in a country like ours where the people have no civic sense these services are very poor unlike the western world...
anyway...atleast we get some service around...
i am sure this answers your point
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From India , Pune
As far as the subject of Operations Management says, 'postponement' has a very specific definition. It was first cited by Wroe Alderson in 1950 in the magazine Cost and Proft Outlook. Authors like Bowersox were responsible in late 1970s and early 1980s for bringing the term into limelight.
For the railways, they make semi finished goods at the station of origin. Only the final frying, etc. is done on board the train itself. This ensures that the food served is 'fresh'. There could be many other applications. You could refer to Bowersox's book on logistics management.
Postponement simple means delaying finishing of the product to as close to the customer as possible.

From India , Mumbai
hi Nila
i agree wid piyush
"postponement" means postponing the launch of final product unless u get the order
in case of utrain services, u can take the half cooked food, such as marinated chicken, boiled egg, vegetables cut & taken in the pantry
the last cooking is done in the train & delivered to the customers
Sanjit

From India , Mumbai

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