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Analysis of Supply Chain Strategies Used by The United States Textile and Apparel Industries

Matt Berdine (Lands‘ En d, Dodgeville, Wisconsin, USA)
Erin Parrish (East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA)
Nancy L. Cassill (North Carolina State University, College of Textiles, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA)
William Oxenham (North Carolina State University, College of Textiles, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA)
Michelle R. Jones (North Carolina State University, College of Textiles, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA)

Research Journal of Textile and Apparel

ISSN: 1560-6074

Article publication date: 1 August 2008

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Abstract

Due to the highly competitive nature of an increasingly global market, textile and apparel firms are being challenged to leverage and enhance their core competencies in order to maintain and potentially increase market share. A strategy being explored is increasing supply chain efficiencies with the goal of reducing costs and improving customer service levels. This research seeks to explore such supply chain strategies which are currently being used into addition to the product costing and outsourcing decision analysis. Executives within the fiber and yarn, textile, apparel and retail industries are quantitatively and qualitatively interviewed in order to examine these issues.

Results show that firms are using a blended sourcing strategy in order to minimize risk and leverage manufacturing capabilities. Quality, cost and reliability of delivery are all indicated as important in terms of sourcing criteria. The results provide insight into the decision process and a framework for increasing efficiency resulting in increased international competitiveness.

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Berdine, M., Parrish, E., Cassill, N.L., Oxenham, W. and Jones, M.R. (2008), "Analysis of Supply Chain Strategies Used by The United States Textile and Apparel Industries", Research Journal of Textile and Apparel, Vol. 12 No. 3, pp. 1-17. https://doi.org/10.1108/RJTA-12-03-2008-B001

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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