Constructing Agile Supply Chain in China's Fast Fashion Industry

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dc.contributor.advisor Arthanari, T en Wang, Xinru en 2017-01-10T20:02:23Z en 2016 en
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dc.description.abstract China has been one of the largest consumer market and will be surpass the United States in the foreseeable future (Nlambassadeorg., 2016). Due to the increasing demands on fashion services and products, China attracts an enormous amount of international investment from the top fashion companies. However, the conventional fashion retailers can hardly cope with the challenge of fast changing trends and demands in the fashion market, whereas the fast fashion, which featured the quick response (QR) to the fashion trend, and the relatively low and affordable price, has rapidly developed and gained reputation from Chinese customers (Hines and Bruce, 2001; Christopher et al., 2004). Since the different cultural, political and economic factors between China and the European countries, where the fast fashion was originated from, the European-based fast fashion companies inevitably encounter the novel challenge of supply chain management (SCM). The empirical study on China’s fashion market provides insights for these companies to overcome such problems and challenges. Meanwhile, Chinese local fast fashion companies could also adjust their business strategies and priorities based on the unique conditions of the Chinese market. Therefore, it is highly important to study how to construct the agile supply chains (ASCs) for fast fashion companies in China from the managerial perspective. In addition, studying the ASC in fast fashion will also extend current research on SCM, especially in the field of supply chain agility (SCA) and flexibility. Although SCA is commonly regarded as the critical factor that affects the companies’ competitiveness, especially in the field of fast fashion, the research on such topics is still insufficient (Tse et al., 2016; Fayezi et al., 2016). Haq and Boddu (2015) have used the analytical hierarchy process (AHP) to analyse the ASC enabler for the food industries. And they also call for a wider discussion on the field of ASCM in different countries or different industries. Therefore, the thesis aims to identify and prioritise the key enablers for constructing ASC in China’s fast fashion industry. By analysing the current studies on agile supply chain management (ASCM), the thesis identifies 21 enablers that could help to construct ASCs. The data is collected by a survey from the department managers and employees who are currently employed by fast fashion companies located in China. To prioritise the 21 enablers, the thesis initially categorizes the enablers into 5 major categories, namely the strategic management (SM), the collaborative management (CM), the information management (IM), the manufacturing management (MM), and the market sensitivity (MS) (Haq and Boddu, 2015). Then, the thesis applies the AHP, which is widely used in the decision-making process, to prioritise the 21 enablers, and to identify the key enablers (Saaty, 1980). Through the identification of the critical ASC enablers, the thesis suggests that the fashion companies should transform their business strategies from forecast-based or inventory-based model to information-based or network-based model. And also the fast fashion companies located in China should effectively allocate resources on various enablers. en
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dc.title Constructing Agile Supply Chain in China's Fast Fashion Industry en
dc.type Thesis en Operation and Supply Chain Management en The University of Auckland en Masters en
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pubs.elements-id 605912 en Business and Economics en Info Systems & Operations Mgmt en
pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2017-01-11 en

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