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Proximity Manufacturing for Enhancing Clothing Supply Chain Sustainability
University of Borås, Faculty of Textiles, Engineering and Business. (Textile Value Chain Management (TVCM))ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8895-7058
University of Borås, Faculty of Textiles, Engineering and Business. Hanken School of Economics.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0871-1838
University of Borås, Faculty of Textiles, Engineering and Business.
2018 (English)In: The International Journal of Logistics Management, ISSN 0957-4093, Vol. 29, no 4, p. 1346-1378Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Sustainable development
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Abstract [en]

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to reveal benefits and factors (elements) of proximity manufacturing that enhance triple bottom line (TBL) sustainability in the clothing industry and discusses previous proximity manufacturing studies.

Design/methodology/approach

A systematic review is used in searching and extracting data (primary studies artifacts and proximity manufacturing elements) from peer-reviewed articles. Extracted elements are gathered and analyzed in constructed tables under TBL. Four subgroups are inducted under the business bottom line.

Findings

This paper shows the potential of proximity manufacturing to enhance TBL sustainability, the scope of proximity manufacturing, and the trend and absence of existing studies. The most frequently mentioned elements are time-to-market, job creation, product quality, quick response, and trade policies. Governments and clusters are also important players.

Research limitations/implications

Future research can further explore elements potentially improving TBL sustainability to fill gaps in existing studies, including how proximity manufacturing can drive environmental and social practices, and how governments can encourage proximity manufacturing in various markets.

Practical implications

Besides perceiving the benefits of proximity manufacturing, businesses may use the derived elements to make manufacturing decisions.

Social implications

Public policies giving privileges to the locally produced garment industry have great potential to drive the economy and employment as well as sustain local clothing knowledge and the environment.

Originality/value

Proximity manufacturing strategies toward sustainability are under-researched academically and under-practiced industrially; this paper provides insight into sustainability benefits of proximity manufacturing.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2018. Vol. 29, no 4, p. 1346-1378
Keywords [en]
literature review, Sustainability, Sourcing and supply, Reshoring, Sustainable supply chain management
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Business Administration
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-23883DOI: 10.1108/IJLM-09-2017-0233ISI: 000448387800012Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85048050677OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hb-23883DiVA, id: diva2:1474446
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Sustainable Management and Design for Textiles
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EU, European Research Council, 2016-1353/001-001-EMJD for Edition 2016Available from: 2020-10-08 Created: 2020-10-08 Last updated: 2023-02-02Bibliographically approved

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Sirilertsuwan, PetchprakaiEkwall, DanielHjelmgren, Daniel

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