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Agrawal, Tarun Kumar
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Agrawal, T. K., Kumar, V. & Pal, R. (2019). Blockchain-Based Framework for Traceability – A Case Example of Nonwoven Supply Chain. In: EDANA-Nonwovens Innovation Academy 2019: . Paper presented at The Nonwovens Innovation Academy 2019, DITF - Denkendorf (Germany), October 16-17, 2019.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Blockchain-Based Framework for Traceability – A Case Example of Nonwoven Supply Chain
2019 (English)In: EDANA-Nonwovens Innovation Academy 2019, 2019Conference paper, Poster (with or without abstract) (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Supply chain traceability has emerged as a prime requirement for multi-tier supply chains. It not only enables the supply chain visibility but also caters to the consumer requirements related to transparency, quality assurance, and production tracking. Nonwoven supply chain is one such example that particularly requires traceability implementation due to prevailing problems related to information asymmetry and complex supply chain networks. Conversely, it is challenging for supply chain partners to share all the competitive information in the unsecure environment. In this context, in line with Industry 4.0, this study investigates blockchain technology, which uses a shared and secured data infrastructure to keep track of information about assets and requires no central authority to function. It further proposes a blockchain-based traceability framework that explains supply chain partner interaction and network architecture at organizational level and smart contract and transaction validation rules at the operational level. In order to illustrate the application of the framework, the study presents an example of a nonwoven supply chain to track the nonwoven manufacturing and distribution processes. The proposed system can build a technology-based trust among the supply chain actors, where the distributed ledger would be used to store and authenticate of supply chain transactions.

Keywords
Blockchain, Traceability, Nonwoven, Supply chain, Security
National Category
Economics and Business Computer Systems Other Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Information Engineering
Research subject
Textiles and Fashion (General); Business and IT
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-21900 (URN)
Conference
The Nonwovens Innovation Academy 2019, DITF - Denkendorf (Germany), October 16-17, 2019
Projects
SMDTex
Available from: 2019-10-28 Created: 2019-10-28 Last updated: 2019-10-29Bibliographically approved
Pal, R., Kumar, V., Agrawal, T. K., Dani, S. & Gunalay, Y. (2019). Blockchain-based traceability for fashion apparel supply chains. In: : . Paper presented at Production and Operations Management Society (POMS) International Conference. Brighton, UK
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2019 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The fashion industry is often criticised for lack of traceability. This paper explores the implementation of traceability in the fashion supply chain using blockchain technology (BT). Using a demonstrative simulation we identify what are the sector-specific requirements, main procedures (i.e. smart-contract rules), and how to use them for BT-based traceability.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Brighton, UK: , 2019
National Category
Information Systems Economics and Business
Research subject
Textiles and Fashion (General); Business and IT
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-21872 (URN)
Conference
Production and Operations Management Society (POMS) International Conference
Projects
SMDTex
Available from: 2019-10-20 Created: 2019-10-20 Last updated: 2019-10-29Bibliographically approved
Agrawal, T. K. (2019). Contribution to development of a secured traceability system for textile and clothing supply chain. (Doctoral dissertation). Borås: Högskolan i Borås
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2019 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Secured traceability implies not only the ability to identify, capture, and share required information on product transformation throughout the supply chain (SC), but also the ability to ensure the security of the traceability data. Due to information asymmetry and lack of transparency, textile and clothing (T&C) industries often face challenges in implementing and maintaining sufficient traceability. The SC actors find it difficult to identify and track the suppliers and sub-suppliers involved. Additionally, the opaque and largely untraceable structure of the SC has enabled the easy intrusion of counterfeits. Hence, a secured traceability system is imperative to ensure that the required traceability data are captured and shared among SC actors, thereby allowing the tracking and tracing of the products in the SC. Further, a secured traceability system helps organizations in various decision-making processes and protects customers from counterfeits. This thesis contributes to the development of a secured traceability system for the T&C sector. It examines traceability at product and information levels, based on the system-of systems approach. At the product level, the thesis introduces a secured traceability tag that can be printed on the textile surface. The secured tag is hard to copy and is durable enough to withstand normal textile use, thus providing sufficient security besides product tagging for traceability implementation. At the information level, the thesis explores and classifies traceability data that can be shared at business-to-business and business-to customer levels for the implementation of secured traceability. Subsequently, a block chain-based traceability framework is proposed for the T&C supply chain to systematically capture and share data in the supply chain network. The proposed framework demonstrates the applicability of shared data infrastructure to traceability without a central authority and develops technology-based trust among the supply chain actors. It relies on no central authority, and has customized data privacy and accessibility rules, thus providing a unique opportunity, flexibility, and authority to all supply chain actors to trace their supply chains and create transparent and sustainable supply chain networks.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Borås: Högskolan i Borås, 2019
Series
Skrifter från Högskolan i Borås, ISSN 0280-381X ; 95
Keywords
Traceability, Textile and clothing, Supply chain, Secured tag, Blockchain
National Category
Engineering and Technology
Research subject
Textiles and Fashion (General)
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-15957 (URN)978-91-88838-31-5 (ISBN)978-91-88838-32-2 (ISBN)
Public defence
2019-06-14, Vestindien B, Textile Fashion Center, Skaraborgvägen 3, Borås, 10:00 (English)
Opponent
Available from: 2019-05-21 Created: 2019-04-10 Last updated: 2019-06-12Bibliographically approved
Agrawal, T. K. & Pal, R. (2019). Traceability in Textile and Clothing Supply Chains: Classifying Implementation Factors and Information Sets via Delphi Study. Sustainability, 11(06), Article ID 1698.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Traceability in Textile and Clothing Supply Chains: Classifying Implementation Factors and Information Sets via Delphi Study
2019 (English)In: Sustainability, ISSN 2071-1050, E-ISSN 2071-1050, Vol. 11, no 06, article id 1698Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Keywords
traceability, Delphi study, supply chain, textile and clothing
National Category
Economics and Business
Research subject
Textiles and Fashion (General)
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-15892 (URN)10.3390/su11061698 (DOI)000465613000130 ()2-s2.0-85063500847 (Scopus ID)
Projects
SMDTex (Sustainable Management and Design for Textiles)
Available from: 2019-03-22 Created: 2019-03-22 Last updated: 2020-01-31Bibliographically approved
Agrawal, T. K., Koehl, L. & Campagne, C. (2018). A secured tag for implementation of traceability in textile and clothing supply chain. The International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology
Open this publication in new window or tab >>A secured tag for implementation of traceability in textile and clothing supply chain
2018 (English)In: The International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology, ISSN 0268-3768, E-ISSN 1433-3015Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Textile and clothing industry is one of the oldest manufacturing industries and is a major contributor in the economic growth of developing countries. However, from past few decades, it has been criticised for its opaque, unsecured and untraceable nature of supply chain. Addressing these challenges, the paper proposes a system approach to introduce an item-centric secured traceability concept to monitor and control manufacturing processes and supply chain activities. In order to implement such secured traceability system, the paper describes the process for manufacturing, encoding and validating an innovative two-factor secured tag based on particle randomness that is printed on the surface of textile. Being micro-sized, the particles are easy to read and validate with pattern recognition. Further, as achieved through an uncontrolled manufacturing process, the randomness is unclonable to produce counterfeit tags. Furthermore, a sequence of experimental analyses has been conducted using various simulated scenarios to verify its applicability. A secured tag can be a low-cost and durable substitute for detachable, unsecured identifiers commercially available in the market.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London: Springer London, 2018
Keywords
Supply chain management, Manufacturing, Traceability, Textile and clothing, Secured tag
National Category
Economics and Business
Research subject
Textiles and Fashion (General)
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-15072 (URN)10.1007/s00170-018-2638-x (DOI)2-s2.0-85053463387 (Scopus ID)
Projects
SMDTEX (Sustainable Management and Design for Textiles)
Available from: 2018-09-06 Created: 2018-09-06 Last updated: 2019-05-21Bibliographically approved
Agrawal, T. K., Sharma, A. & Kumar, V. (2018). Blockchain-Based Secured Traceability System for Textile and Clothing Supply Chain. In: Sébastien Thomassey, Xianyi Zeng (Ed.), Artificial Intelligence for Fashion Industry in the Big Data Era: (pp. 197-208). Singapore: Springer Publishing Company
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Blockchain-Based Secured Traceability System for Textile and Clothing Supply Chain
2018 (English)In: Artificial Intelligence for Fashion Industry in the Big Data Era / [ed] Sébastien Thomassey, Xianyi Zeng, Singapore: Springer Publishing Company, 2018, p. 197-208Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Blockchain has emerged as a prominent and reliable solution that can enable and ensure secure information sharing over wide area networks. In an era of digitalisation, blockchain technology is finding wide applications in multiple fields including implementing traceability in the supply chain. In this direction, this chapter explores its potential application in implementing a blockchain-based traceability system for textile and clothing (T&C) supply chain. It examines the necessity and concept of a traceability system, followed by enlisting advantages of blockchain technology for implementing traceability. Further, a case-based example has been used to explain blockchain application in implementing traceability in T&C supply chain. Finally, it mentions the challenges and limitations of such blockchain-based traceability system that can be addressed through further research.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Singapore: Springer Publishing Company, 2018
Series
Springer Series in Fashion Business, ISSN 2366-8776, E-ISSN 2366-8784 ; 15202
Keywords
Blockchain, Traceability, Supply Chain, Textile and clothing
National Category
Business Administration
Research subject
Textiles and Fashion (General)
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-15067 (URN)10.1007/978-981-13-0080-6 (DOI)978-981-13-0079-0 (ISBN)978-981-13-0080-6 (ISBN)
Projects
SMDTex (Sustainable Management and Design in Textiles)
Available from: 2018-09-06 Created: 2018-09-06 Last updated: 2018-09-06Bibliographically approved
Agrawal, T. K. & Pal, R. (2018). Classification of traceability information in textile and clothing supply chain: A Delphi-based approach. In: EurOMA 2018 Proceedings: . Paper presented at 25th International EurOMA Conference, Budapest, 24-26 June, 2018.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Classification of traceability information in textile and clothing supply chain: A Delphi-based approach
2018 (English)In: EurOMA 2018 Proceedings, 2018Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The study explores empirically the need and requirement of traceability system in Textile and Clothing (T&C) supply chain. A Delphi based survey was conducted with 28 supply chain experts (industry professionals and academicians) to collect qualitative and quantitative data in order to identify and prioritize various factors that influence traceability adoption in T&C supply chains. Based on these factors the study further explores, classifies and suggests information that can be recorded and shared for a complete traceability among T&C supply chain actors, both business-to-business and business-to-customers.  

Keywords
Delphi Study, Supply Chain, Textile and clothing, Traceability
National Category
Business Administration
Research subject
Textiles and Fashion (General)
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-15068 (URN)
Conference
25th International EurOMA Conference, Budapest, 24-26 June, 2018
Projects
SMDTex (Sustainable Management and Design in Textiles)
Available from: 2018-09-06 Created: 2018-09-06 Last updated: 2018-09-06Bibliographically approved
Agrawal, T. K., Campagne, C. & Koehl, L. (2018). Development and characterisation of secured traceability tag for textile products by printing process. The International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Development and characterisation of secured traceability tag for textile products by printing process
2018 (English)In: The International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology, ISSN 0268-3768, E-ISSN 1433-3015Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Product security is one of the major concerns in the textile industry. Every year, fashion brands suffer significant loss due to counterfeit products. Addressing this, the paper introduces a secured tag for traceability and security of textile products. The proposed tag is unclonable, which can be manufactured using conventional screen-printing process. Further, it can be read using a smartphone camera to authenticate the product and trace its history. Consequently, imparting additional functionality to the textile through surface modification. To validate its applicability, the study experimentally investigates the durability and readability of the developed secured tag using three different binders on polyester and cotton textiles substrates. A comparison is presented with an in-depth analysis of surfaces and binders interaction at different stages of the secured tag lifecycle, i.e. before print, after print, after wash and after abrasion cycles. The methodology and findings of the study can also be useful for other manufacturing domains dealing with the printing process.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London: Springer London, 2018
Keywords
Secured tag, Traceability, Screen printing, Adhesion
National Category
Economics and Business Engineering and Technology
Research subject
Textiles and Fashion (General)
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-15465 (URN)10.1007/s00170-018-3134-z (DOI)000463669500056 ()2-s2.0-85058434036 (Scopus ID)
Projects
SMDTex (Sustainable Management and Design for Textiles)
Available from: 2018-12-15 Created: 2018-12-15 Last updated: 2020-01-31Bibliographically approved
Agrawal, T. K. & Pal, R. (2018). Exploring secured traceability systems for implementation in textile and clothing supply chain. In: Proceeding TIWC conference 2018: . Paper presented at The 91st Textile Institute World Conference, Leeds, 23-26 July, 2018.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Exploring secured traceability systems for implementation in textile and clothing supply chain
2018 (English)In: Proceeding TIWC conference 2018, 2018Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Information asymmetry and security are major challenges in multi-tier supply chains. Textile and clothing (T&C) supply chain is one such example significantly affected by these problems. Due to its complex and diverse nature, involved actors find it difficult to connect and secure each supply chain links. Exploiting this situation, a parallel counterfeit market is flourishing and gaining serious momentum. Due to this, T&C industries are suffering huge economic losses and job cuts. Additionally, owing to its opaque and untraceable supply chain, T&C industries have become a world of unethical practices. Secured traceability is an effective tool that has potentials to address these issues and make the T&C supply chain transparent and secured. It is a useful mechanism to track and trace products’ history, know about the manufacturing conditions and at the same time secure it from counterfeits and attacks targeting intellectual properties. In this context, the study conduct survey of supply chain experts to explore and rank the key technological requirements (based on the specific nature of the textile product) and traceability information that can be recorded and secured by a secured traceability system. Further, based on the findings of the survey a review of the literature was conducted to explore state of the art technologies to propose a primary secured traceability structure for the T&C supply chain.

Keywords
Security, Traceability, Supply Chain, Textile and clothing
National Category
Business Administration
Research subject
Textiles and Fashion (General)
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-15069 (URN)
Conference
The 91st Textile Institute World Conference, Leeds, 23-26 July, 2018
Projects
SMDTex (Sustainable Management and Design in Textiles)
Available from: 2018-09-06 Created: 2018-09-06 Last updated: 2018-09-07Bibliographically approved
Kumar, V., Agrawal, T. K., Wang, L. & Chen, Y. (2017). Contribution of traceability towards attaining sustainability in the textile sector. Textiles and Clothing Sustainability, 3(5)
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Contribution of traceability towards attaining sustainability in the textile sector
2017 (English)In: Textiles and Clothing Sustainability, ISSN 2197-9936, Vol. 3, no 5Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Sustainability is a widely recognized concern and priority for healthy growth of the society and for preservation of the planet. Concerning this, textile sector has seen an unprecedented demand for sustainable products from the consumers, responding to which organizations have undertaken different initiatives. One of the major concerns in the textile sector is its complex supply chain networks and the involvement of numerous actors dealing with diverse raw materials and operations. The effective implementation of sustainability at the industrial scale would require the participation of all supply chain actors, along with an efficient traceability system to monitor and analyze different sustainability aspects. Furthermore, traceability is an integral part of the recycling process which contributes towards the sustainability. Therefore, the present article focuses on the contribution of traceable information towards attaining the sustainability in the textile sector. The three pillars of sustainability, namely, ecological, societal, and economic, are discussed for their relation and dependency on the traceability followed by an overview of the challenges in successful implementation of the traceability system, which is anticipated to shape the future research questions.

National Category
Business Administration
Research subject
Textiles and Fashion (General); Textiles and Fashion (General)
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-12181 (URN)10.1186/s40689-017-0027-8 (DOI)
Available from: 2017-05-28 Created: 2017-05-28 Last updated: 2017-12-15Bibliographically approved

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