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Harper, S., Pal, R. & Kumar, V. (2019). Supply network configuration and capabilities for high-cost, small series textile/apparel: A TISM approach. In: EurOMA 2019 Proceedings: . Paper presented at 26th International EurOMA Conference, Helsinki, June 17-19, 2019..
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Supply network configuration and capabilities for high-cost, small series textile/apparel: A TISM approach
2019 (English)In: EurOMA 2019 Proceedings, 2019Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The increasing emphasis on small series production in higher cost locations is particularly challenging in the textile/apparel industry due to global supply chain configurations. To support (re)configuration in this context, Total interpretive structural modelling (TISM) method is used to gain a deeper understanding of the inter-relationships among configuration/capability related aspects from the literature. TISM interviews were done with 24 industry practitioners producing/sourcing in the EU, or in the process of implementation. The findings validate extensive inter-relations, at the same time highlighting relational aspects, internal integration, and quality as significant drivers. Further in-depth research is required to understand these influences.

Keywords
Supply network configuration, Total interpretive structural model, textile and apparel industry
National Category
Economics and Business
Research subject
Textiles and Fashion (General)
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-22033 (URN)
Conference
26th International EurOMA Conference, Helsinki, June 17-19, 2019.
Projects
Fashion Big Data Business Model
Funder
EU, Horizon 2020, 761122
Available from: 2019-11-15 Created: 2019-11-15 Last updated: 2019-11-15
Pal, R., Harper, S. & Vellesalu, A. (2018). Competitive manufacturing for reshoring textile and clothing supply chains to high-cost environment: A Delphi study. The International Journal of Logistics Management, 29(4), 1147-1170
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Competitive manufacturing for reshoring textile and clothing supply chains to high-cost environment: A Delphi study
2018 (English)In: The International Journal of Logistics Management, ISSN 0957-4903, Vol. 29, no 4, p. 1147-1170Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to identify and prioritise the success factors and challenges related to competitive manufacturing (CM) capabilities in a high-cost environment, and identify their potential to support future reshoring in textile and clothing (T&C) supply chains, with judgements from the practitioners’ perspective.

Design/methodology/approach

A Delphi study method is adopted with industry practitioners from the region of Western Sweden. Following a literature review on reshoring to identify relevant factors related to CM capabilities, a multiple round Delphi is designed to rank the success factors and challenges, and to further evaluate the likelihood of the success factors to lead to future reshoring. Additional semi-structured interviews are conducted to provide deeper explanation.

Findings

Empirical insights are both conforming to, and deviant from, evidences from extant literature. Moderate agreement is seen among the practitioners on the success factors; time- and product/process-related ones being ranked the highest. Low consensus is reached for the challenges, however, those related to high costs and lack of local resources were key concerns. Some anomalies from previous conception emerge among the challenges regarding increased costs of production, inventory and product variety trade-offs, and low skillset presence.

Research limitations/implications

The paper contributes to reshoring research by identifying and prioritising value-driven success factors and cost-related challenges to CM in high-cost environments, for labour-intensive T&C industries. In connection, some interesting paradoxes originate when dealing with multiple success factors.

Practical implications

Valuable insights are generated for informed decision making related to CM and future choice of its location.

Originality/value

Along with the decisive knowledge of the reshoring success factors and challenges, the study offers an interesting T&C practitioners’ perspective.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2018
Keywords
Sweden, Europe, Delphi, Decision making, Delphi study, Reshoring, Offshoring-reshoring, Manufacturing capability, Textile and clothing
National Category
Economics and Business
Research subject
Business and IT; Textiles and Fashion (General)
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-15468 (URN)10.1108/IJLM-10-2017-0270 (DOI)000448387800003 ()2-s2.0-85049834200 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2018-12-15 Created: 2018-12-15 Last updated: 2019-01-09Bibliographically approved
Pal, R., Harper, S. & Vellesalu, A. (2018). Reshoring decision-making based on operational capabilities in Swedish apparel supply chains: A fuzzy AHP approach. In: : . Paper presented at 25th International EurOMA Conference, Budapest, June 24-26, 2018.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Reshoring decision-making based on operational capabilities in Swedish apparel supply chains: A fuzzy AHP approach
2018 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This paper determines how operational capabilities influence reshoring decision-making based on proximity make-buy alternatives in apparel supply chains in high-cost locations. By drawing operational capabilities from reshoring literature, a hierarchical model is constructed and tested using fuzzy AHP in a workshop with industry and academia. The priority weights for 12 capabilities categorized into three criteria influences the four reshoring alternatives in the order: make-onshore, make-nearshore, buy-onshore, buy-nearshore. Sourcing/production capabilities were the most important criteria followed by value-added products/services. Relationship was least important but its underlining aspects: availability of skilled labor/know-how and flexible supplier relationship were necessary preconditions for reshoring.

Keywords
Reshoring, Make-buy, Fuzzy AHP
National Category
Economics and Business
Research subject
Textiles and Fashion (General)
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-15077 (URN)
Conference
25th International EurOMA Conference, Budapest, June 24-26, 2018
Note

This research has been funded by “Sparbanksstiftelsen Sjuhärad” in the region of West Sweden, under the project titled “Competitive local textile manufacturing” (2017). Project Number: 20160258.

Available from: 2018-09-07 Created: 2018-09-07 Last updated: 2018-09-10Bibliographically approved
Harper, S. & Pal, R. (2018). Towards a conceptual model of manufacturing supply chain configuration for EU textile and apparel industry. In: EurOMA 2018 Proceedings: . Paper presented at 25th International EurOMA Conference, Budapest, June 24-26, 2018..
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Towards a conceptual model of manufacturing supply chain configuration for EU textile and apparel industry
2018 (English)In: EurOMA 2018 Proceedings, 2018Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This article presents the development of a conceptual model for configuration of supply chains/networks for small series textile and apparel production, in contexts such as the EU. This configurational approach is needed due to the significant mismatch between current industry structures and the demand for small series production. The model, consisting of four elements with resulting themes and groupings, was developed through a systematic approach of the literature on the related types of production. The themes highlight the complexities and interdependencies that must be considered by managers. The linkages between the elements, in line with 3DCE, need to be further addressed.

Keywords
Supply Network Configuration, Textile and Apparel, Literature Review
National Category
Economics and Business
Research subject
Textiles and Fashion (General)
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-15063 (URN)
Conference
25th International EurOMA Conference, Budapest, June 24-26, 2018.
Projects
Fashion Big Data Business Model
Funder
EU, Horizon 2020, 761122
Available from: 2018-09-06 Created: 2018-09-06 Last updated: 2018-09-07Bibliographically approved
Identifiers
ORCID iD: ORCID iD iconorcid.org/0000-0001-6727-7168

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