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Logistics performance management in textiles supply chains: best-practice and barriers

Veronica S Ülgen (School of Business and Economics, Linnaeus University, Växjö, Sweden)
Helena Forslund (School of Business and Economics, Linnaeus University, Växjö, Sweden)

International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management

ISSN: 1741-0401

Article publication date: 12 January 2015

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of the paper is to explore the practices with logistics performance management in two textiles supply chains, and to identify the related best practices and barriers.

Design/methodology/approach

The method is a multiple case study of two textiles supply chains with a special focus on the rarely addressed interface between the manufacturer and the retail chain. The retail chains represent one large, global retail chain and one Nordic, comparably smaller retail chain. This paper is primarily empirical and describes practices for logistics performance management. The analysis discusses and explains best practices and barriers for logistics performance managements in textiles supply chains.

Findings

Differences were identified regarding practices, priorities and collaboration in the logistics performance management process. No textiles industry-specific practices were found. A way of exchanging action plans between the actors is an interesting best practice, which enables improvement projects even with long geographical distances. Barriers in the shape of difficulties in creating a collaborative culture were found; however, IT support seems no longer to be a barrier.

Research limitations/implications

Two cases are explored, why a broader study is necessary to confirm the results. The best practices and barriers identified are similar to those known from manufacturing companies.

Practical implications

The detailed descriptions of logistics performance management practices can provide insights for practitioners. Even if the studied supply chains are important for the respective actors, there is a potential for increased effectiveness in textiles supply chains.

Originality/value

Supply chains for textiles products “starting at a manufacturer and ending in a retail chain” seem to be an unchartered territory and not many studies have been performed.

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Citation

Ülgen, V.S. and Forslund, H. (2015), "Logistics performance management in textiles supply chains: best-practice and barriers", International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management, Vol. 64 No. 1, pp. 52-75. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJPPM-01-2013-0019

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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