Structures of textile-apparel supply chain : concepts and cases

N. Cao, Z. Zhang, Kin Man To, Keng Po Roger Ng

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In recent years, supply chain management (SCM) has been in popularity as a new management philosophy for all industries, including textile and apparel industries. The textile-apparel supply chain is relatively complex because it encompasses many participants such as yam manufacturers, fabric manufacturers, garment manufacturers and retailers. Although many scholars are engaged in researching SCM in textile and apparel industries, a systematic classification of textile-apparel chain does not exist. The paper proposes three types of textile-apparel chain,nominated vertical integration chain, traditional sourcing chain and 3P-hub (third party as the hub) chain. Different coordinators exist in different types of chain. Three Hong Kong headquartered companies, Esquel Group, TAL Apparel Ltd., and Li & Fung (Trading) Ltd. are used as cases responding to each type of the structures respectively.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)130-134
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Dong Hua University (English Edition) (东华大学学报. 英文版)
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Polymers and Plastics


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