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Intermediation in agile global fashion supply chains

Purvis, Laura ORCID:, Naim, Mohamed Mohamed ORCID: and Towill, Denis Royston 2013. Intermediation in agile global fashion supply chains. International Journal of Engineering, Science and Technology 5 (2) , pp. 38-48. 10.4314/ijest.v5i2.3S

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Previous studies (such as Fung et al., 2007) have revealed that in industries characterized by high degrees of agility, fragmentation and globalization, such as the fashion sector, trade intermediaries play a significant role in integrating geographically dispersed value-chain activities. The typical tasks of an intermediary include sourcing, supplier quality control, shipping management and distribution. However, their ability to reduce costs and compress time along these activities and enhance the level of agility that fashion retailers are ultimately able to exhibit has received little attention in the literature. As a result, this paper explores the role of intermediaries as sourcing agents in agile fashion supply networks in a global context. The methodology employed involves two primary, exploratory case studies of UK based high street fashion retailers. The paper provides empirical evidence to highlight the role of trade intermediaries in increasing supply chain performance along two dimensions: total supply chain lead time and total supply chain costs.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Centre for Advanced Manufacturing Systems At Cardiff (CAMSAC)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Uncontrolled Keywords: supply chain management, agility, intermediation, fashion.
Publisher: African Journals Online
ISSN: 2141-2839
Last Modified: 09 Nov 2022 09:25

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