There has been an increasing trend of global sourcing garment supply from South-East Asia but the challenges confronting retailers sourcing commodity and seasonal garments from countries such as China are less well understood. A supplier evaluation model developed from the Kaufmann and Hedderich (2005) framework assesses the delivery, flexibility, cost, quality, reliability and culture sourcing challenges from China using a case study approach of a UK-based garment sourcing company using a fuzzy logic method. The results have identified that the highest challenges include unforeseen risk in delivery process, rigid negotiability, language barriers and Chinese-style business customs. The most important challenges are improvement, sourcing location, languages barriers, unforeseen delivery risks and customer services. © 2010 Taylor & Francis.
|Number of pages||18|
|Journal||Asia Pacific Business Review|
|Publication status||Published - Oct 2010|
- Chinese garment supply
- Fuzzy logic methodology
- Strategic global sourcing
- Trading relationships