Supply Chain Management Practices (SCMP) and Their Impact on Competitive Advantage in the Bangladeshi Apparel Sector
In this study, 4 dimensions of SCM practices applicable to the apparel sector (i.e., strategic supplier partnership, information sharing with suppliers, information sharing with customers, and process integration) were identified and operationalized, and their relationships with key areas of competitive advantage (i.e., cost, quality, delivery, and flexibility) were empirically tested. Data were collected from apparel manufacturers in Bangladesh via an online survey. A total of 98 responses from the management level respondents were analyzed. Findings included that (a) only process integration was moderately related to quality competitive advantage, (b) strategic supplier partnership and information sharing with customers were related to delivery competitive advantage, and (c) information sharing with customers was significantly related to flexibility competitive advantage. The findings and suggestions from this study are valuable resources for further development and implementation of appropriate strategies to advance in the industry.
Keywords: supply chain, apparel exporting, apparel manufacturing
How to Cite:
Park-Poaps, H. & Bari, M., (2019) “Supply Chain Management Practices (SCMP) and Their Impact on Competitive Advantage in the Bangladeshi Apparel Sector”, International Textile and Apparel Association Annual Conference Proceedings 76(1). doi: https://doi.org/10.31274/itaa.8452