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Competitive manufacturing for reshoring textile and clothing supply chains to high-cost environment: A Delphi study
University of Borås, Faculty of Textiles, Engineering and Business. (Textile Value Chain Management)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2015-6275
(Textile Value Chain Management)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6727-7168
University of Borås, Faculty of Textiles, Engineering and Business. (Textile Value Chain Management)
2018 (English)In: The International Journal of Logistics Management, ISSN 0957-4903, Vol. 29, no 4, p. 1147-1170Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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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. Vol. 29, no 4, p. 1147-1170
Keywords [en]
Sweden, Europe, Delphi, Decision making, Delphi study, Reshoring, Offshoring-reshoring, Manufacturing capability, Textile and clothing
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Economics and Business
Research subject
Business and IT; Textiles and Fashion (General)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-15468DOI: 10.1108/IJLM-10-2017-0270ISI: 000448387800003Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85049834200OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hb-15468DiVA, id: diva2:1271070
Available from: 2018-12-15 Created: 2018-12-15 Last updated: 2019-01-09Bibliographically approved

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