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Management Strategies and Collaborative Relationships for Sustainability in the Agrifood Supply Chain

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Department of Economics and Business, University of Almería (Agrifood Campus of International Excellence, ceiA3, Mediterranean Research Center on Economics and Sustainable Development, CIMEDES), 04120 Almería, Spain
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Department of Economics and Business, University of Almería (Agrifood Campus of International Excellence, ceiA3, CIAIMBITAL), 04120 Almería, Spain
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Sustainability 2021, 13(2), 749; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13020749
Received: 14 December 2020 / Revised: 10 January 2021 / Accepted: 11 January 2021 / Published: 14 January 2021
The present article proposes a complete framework for supply chain strategy (SCS) analysis that is adapted to the specific characteristics of the agrifood chain, thereby facilitating the management of the former. As a specific case of analysis, the horticultural supply chain, originating in Spain and ending with the European consumer, was analyzed, taking as a reference the marketing companies at origin (mainly social economy companies, that is, cooperatives). In addition, a survey of marketing companies is conducted to possibly determine which explicit cooperative growth strategies may include horizontal and vertical collaboration relationships with other members of the chain. The aim was to analyze with whom the horticultural commercialization company collaborates within the supply chain and the key points of such a collaboration. A model analyzing the influence of collaboration on company performance was also considered. The results reveal that, in recent years, aspects related to quality and health have been surpassed and replaced by the concept of sustainability within a framework of collaboration with customers. Additionally, upstream collaboration has been found to be, in most cases, more profitable than collaboration with customers. In any case, it became evident that there is a need to expand collaboration within the chain by incorporating the supplier of the supplier, with the aim of making the chain more profitable. View Full-Text
Keywords: supply chain management; sustainability; transport; facilities; quality; innovation supply chain management; sustainability; transport; facilities; quality; innovation
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Pérez-Mesa, J.C.; Piedra-Muñoz, L.; Galdeano-Gómez, E.; Giagnocavo, C. Management Strategies and Collaborative Relationships for Sustainability in the Agrifood Supply Chain. Sustainability 2021, 13, 749. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13020749

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Pérez-Mesa JC, Piedra-Muñoz L, Galdeano-Gómez E, Giagnocavo C. Management Strategies and Collaborative Relationships for Sustainability in the Agrifood Supply Chain. Sustainability. 2021; 13(2):749. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13020749

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Pérez-Mesa, Juan C.; Piedra-Muñoz, Laura; Galdeano-Gómez, Emilio; Giagnocavo, Cynthia. 2021. "Management Strategies and Collaborative Relationships for Sustainability in the Agrifood Supply Chain" Sustainability 13, no. 2: 749. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13020749

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