Title: Supply chain management in textile sector: the case of the Italian T-fashion traceability system

Authors: Laura Gobbi; Ilaria Massa

Addresses: Department of Management, Sapienza University of Rome, Rome, 00161, Italy ' Department of Management, Sapienza University of Rome, Rome, 00161, Italy

Abstract: Traceability systems were developed to track back products' process paths and to monitor the quality level from the sale point up to raw materials production. Thus, these systems could be an efficient tool in supporting sustainable supply chain management. The present research aims to analyse the traceability system applied to the Italian textile sector named Traceability and Fashion (TF) implemented by the Union of Italian Chambers of Commerce along with trade unions, entrepreneurial and professional organisations. Carrying out in-depth interviews of involved stakeholders' categories, we investigate if the TF system was perceived as an effective inter-organisational control tool, and also an instrument able to ensure customers' protection. Results showed that TF system is considered accountable; however, there are high barriers to its spread.

Keywords: textile industry; supply chain management; SCM; traceability systems; inter-organisational control; SWOT analysis; Italy; customer protection.

DOI: 10.1504/IJENVH.2015.077133

International Journal of Environment and Health, 2015 Vol.7 No.4, pp.359 - 370

Received: 17 Jul 2015
Accepted: 05 Jan 2016

Published online: 18 Jun 2016 *

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