International Journal of Supply Chain and Operations Resilience
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International Journal of Supply Chain and Operations Resilience (2 papers in press)
An integrated approach for analysis of essential factors of a resilient supply chain by Ajeet Kumar Yadav, Cherian Samuel Abstract: Resilience is the ability of the system that helps to sustain and evolve in the uncertainty by absorbing the vulnerabilities and potential disruptions. The building of the resilient supply chain is a long term continuous process that involves the identification and implementation of factors responsible for nurturing the resilience ability. This research work attempts to identify the essential factors of the resilient supply chain and analyzing these factors through a structural modeling approach. The prominence-causal diagram and MICMAC (Matrice dImpacts croises-multiplication applique and classment) analysis reveals that factors belong to two broad categories, i.e., influential (driving) and influenced (driven) groups, whereas from the hierarchical structure we obtained that developing the risk management culture in the supply chain is the most important factor for a resilient supply chain. Thus, this research work will not only help the academicians and decision-makers to understand significant factors of a resilient supply chain but also help the managers to allocate the available resources suitably to improve specific resilience dimensions or capability. Moreover, considering this study, a reliable checklist can be developed for reviewing the organizations approaches and performances towards the building of a resilient supply chain. Keywords: Uncertainty reduction; Resilience factor; Supply chain resilience; Structural modeling.
Transforming product labels using digital technologies to enable enhanced traceability and management of hazardous chemicals by Sukhraj Takhar, Kapila Liyanage Abstract: Product labels are used to both promote a product brand name and provide accurate and concise information on a products qualities, environmental credentials, safe usage, handling and disposal instructions. Several regulations and standards aim to ensure manufacturers provide accurate product related data on product labels. Chemical regulations aim to control and limit the use of hazardous chemicals being used protecting society. As more and more chemical substances become regulated industry must record the use of chemical substances, mixtures or materials, both within internal facilities and across a supply chain for procured products. Manufacturers bear a duty of care: (1) to protect employees from exposure to hazardous substances as products are manufactured; (2) ensure the safety of downstream users and end consumers, and; (3) make applicable notifications to chemical regulators. The collection and analysis of this data is a complex process. Digital technologies enable data to be exchanged in real time between connected devices. The application of digital technologies to product labels, brings the capabilities to greatly enhance supply chain traceability and management of hazardous chemicals. This paper contributes to existing literature by identifying a research gap in relation to current product formats and potential expanded use via digital technologies. Keywords: Barcode; QR code; RFID; Smart Label; Hazardous chemicals; Safe use guidance; storage and handling; automation; collaborative data sharing network.