The aim of this paper is to analyze how global suppliers' decisions (reshore and relocate) are influenced by the buyer’s cost-focus and competitive strategies, based on the survey data collected from US textile and apparel industry. The paper found that buyers with distinct competitive strategies (e.g., made-in USA, speed-to-market) are likely to have higher reshoring activities. Compared to small and medium companies, large companies and retailers are more cost-focused. In addition, cost-focused companies are more likely to change their international suppliers.
Impact of competitive strategy and cost-focus on global supplier switching (reshore and relocation) decisions
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Journal of the Textile Institute
Uluskan M., Godfrey A.B., Joines J.A. (2017) Impact of competitive strategy and cost-focus on global supplier switching (reshore and relocation) decisions Journal of the Textile Institute vol.108(8),pp.1308-1318