Thesis Details


Thesis Title: ECONOMIC COMPETITIVENESS IN THE GLOBAL TEXTILE SUPPLY CHAIN: EXAMINATION OF LOGISTICS COST STRUCTURES
Thesis Author: Lynsey Cesca
Abstract: The purpose of this research was to examine the logistical cost structures along the global textile and apparel supply chain. The study then determined the differences between the textile and apparel companies' supply chains as they pertained to the handling of their logistics. The research focused on the supply chains within the US Bed-bath and Bottom weights markets with companies using purely domestic, global and mixed strategies. It defined the associated cost variables and structures within each chain. Once these cost structures were understood, the research was used to determine possible competitive advantages for each model through optimization of logistics costing. This research determined if a link exists between logistics costs and corporate strategy and corporate performance, and how these three factors resulted in increased economic competitiveness within the textile and apparel arena for United States manufacturers. The research answered the following questions: 1. What are the logistics costs associated with the textile supply chain for the Bed-bath and Bottom weights 2. How are these costs managed along the supply chain in order to create specific structures for particular companies? 3. Are these cost structures different in different markets, such as: a. Bed-bath Market b. Bottom weights Market 4. What types of competitive advantages are specific cost structures providing? a. What types of cost leadership can be gained? b. How do costs fit together to create different types of value added? 5. How does a company use their cost structure to compete economically? What competitive advantages are they looking for? 6. How does a company control their cost structure to fit their strategy? How does a company use their strategy to determine their optimal logistical cost structure? Or do they use their cost structure to formulate their strategy? 7. How does a companys logistical cost structure relate to their performance? a. What makes a company classify their performance as good or poor; what is their definition of performance? 8. Is there a logistical contingency plan in place to account for problems along the way? 9. Do companies use a quantitative model for investigation into their logistical costing? 10. Is there a way for industry companies to benchmark, for logistical cost structures, against their competition?