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Logistics 2017, 1(1), 6; doi:10.3390/logistics1010006

Ecologically Friendly Sourcing in Developing Countries: A Non-Food Case Study

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School of Economics and Business, Department of Information, Logistics & Innovation, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam 1081 HV, The Netherlands
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Nottingham Business School, Department of Management, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham NG14FQ, UK
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Received: 21 June 2017 / Revised: 10 August 2017 / Accepted: 13 August 2017 / Published: 17 August 2017
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The purpose of this paper is to investigate how nearby sourcing versus long-distance sourcing affects the ecological friendliness—operationalized in terms of energy efficiency—of a supply chain for a non-food item in a developing country. Using case research, we show that the average energy needed to supply a pair of imported shoes to a retailer in Morocco is less than the average energy needed to supply a pair of locally produced shoes. These findings highlight the need to assess the true total energy effects of nearby sourcing versus long-distance sourcing since the outcomes of such assessments may be more complicated than they appear upon first glance, particularly in developing countries. View Full-Text
Keywords: energy consumption; supply chains in emerging markets; developing countries; sustainable supply chains energy consumption; supply chains in emerging markets; developing countries; sustainable supply chains
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de Leeuw, S.; Dullaert, W.; Ouaderzan, A. Ecologically Friendly Sourcing in Developing Countries: A Non-Food Case Study. Logistics 2017, 1, 6.

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