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Managing supply chain visibility: The challenges of the UK food sector
The growing number of food scandals across the globe has highlighted the importance of supply chain visibility (SCV) in the food supply chain in recent years. As a result, a number of research studies have focused on identifying the key enablers and barriers of SCV. Most of these studies, however, have concentrated on one or two aspects of SCV, and a comprehensive overview of SCV issues is still missing. This paper therefore attempts to address this research gap by identifying key enablers, challenges and benefits as well as empirically validating them. The paper provides evidence from the UK food sector which is scant in the literature. It also offers practitioners key insights from the UK food sector and its current level of awareness towards SCV implementation. The findings of this paper are based on 100 valid survey responses from UK food manufacturers.
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Yiren Li is a Masters student in supply chain and logistics management at Warwick Manufacturing Group, University of Warwick, UK. Her research is on the complexities of implementing supply chain visibility in the food sector.
Vikas Kumar is a Professor of Operations and Supply Chain Management and Director of Research at Bristol Business School, University of the West of England, UK. He has over 12 years’ experience working in the area of operational and supply chain excellence. Vikas has published more than 170 peer reviewed articles in leading international journals and international conferences including the Journal of Business Research, International Journal of Production Research, Supply Chain Management: An International Journal, Expert System with Applications, Computers & Industrial Engineering and Production Planning & Control. Vikas serves on the editorial board of a number of international journals and regular reviewer for many high-impact international journals and conferences. He has successfully secured funding in the excess of £1m from various research agencies and his current research interests include sustainability, circular economy, food supply chains, operational excellence and business model innovation.
Paul Hardman is the director and head of the corporate and commercial departments focusing on the manufacturing and supply chain sector at Gregg Latchams in Bristol, UK. He specialises in corporate finance work covering mergers and acquisitions, management buy-outs and buy-ins, joint venture arrangements and shareholder agreements. Paul has over 20 years’ experience acting mostly for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and owner-managed businesses. Paul read economic history at Durham before qualifying as a solicitor and moving to Bristol, where he has been based ever since. Paul is a member of the Institute of Directors and has been listed in the Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners legal directories several times.
CitationLi, Yiren, Kumar, Vikas and Hardman, Paul (2020, March 1). Managing supply chain visibility: The challenges of the UK food sector. In the Journal of Supply Chain Management, Logistics and Procurement, Volume 2, Issue 3.