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Economic order quantity (EOQ) versus just-in-time (JIT) purchasing: an alternative analysis in the ready-mixed concrete industry

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  • Wu Min
  • Low Sui Pheng

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The literature on the use of just-in-time (JIT) and economic order quantity (EOQ) purchasing has increasingly favoured JIT in recent years, especially when firms are purchasing to meet high and consistent levels of demand, and the JIT operation can take advantage of inventory physical plant space reduction. The theoretical advantages of JIT purchasing may have been overstated. Two new concepts are developed to underpin the idea that, even if the JIT approach can induce inventory physical plant space reduction, it is possible for EOQ to be more cost effective, as the inventory demand approaches the break-even point between the function of the annual holding capacity of an inventory facility and the function of the EOQ-JIT cost indifference point. The survey and case study conducted in the ready-mixed concrete industry in Singapore support this proposition.

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  • Wu Min & Low Sui Pheng, 2005. "Economic order quantity (EOQ) versus just-in-time (JIT) purchasing: an alternative analysis in the ready-mixed concrete industry," Construction Management and Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 23(4), pages 409-422.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:conmgt:v:23:y:2005:i:4:p:409-422
    DOI: 10.1080/01446190500041339
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    1. Fazel, Farzaneh & Fischer, Klaus P. & Gilbert, Erika W., 1998. "JIT purchasing vs. EOQ with a price discount: An analytical comparison of inventory costs," International Journal of Production Economics, Elsevier, vol. 54(1), pages 101-109, January.
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    1. Maria Rosário Moreira & Rui Alves, 2006. "How far from Just-in-time are Portuguese firms? A survey of its progress and perception," FEP Working Papers 215, Universidade do Porto, Faculdade de Economia do Porto.

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