Assessing the future challenges in strategic sourcing commodity from China: A case-study analysis

Neil Towers, Yi Song

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    Abstract

    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.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)527-544
    Number of pages18
    JournalAsia Pacific Business Review
    Volume16
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Oct 2010

    Keywords

    • China
    • Chinese garment supply
    • Commodity
    • Fuzzy logic methodology
    • Strategic global sourcing
    • Trading relationships

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