InImpact: The Journal of Innovation Impact

Publisher Future Technology Press
Vol. 8 No. 2 KES Transactions on SDM II - Sustainable Design and Manufacturing 2015
Volume Editors KES International
Journal ISSN 2051-6002
Article TitleSupply Chain Re-shoring and its Relationship with Supply Chain Resilience
Primary AuthorAnthony Soroka, Cardiff University
Pages 644 - 655
Article ID sdm15-047
Publication Date 02-May-16

Global manufacturing supply chains are facing numerous challenges that increase complexity and vulnerability to disturbances, therefore, to survive, supply chains must be resilient. In order to meet some of these challenges companies are also reversing off-shoring decisions. This work observes that some of the factors driving re-shoring also have synergy with resilience, yet this relationship has not been studied in great depth. This conceptual paper examines some of the factors driving the re-shoring of manufacturing (including creating a definition of re-shoring suitable for the UK) and the capabilities that create supply chain resilience. A mapping exercise is conducted that explains the synergy between re-shoring and resilience. It suggests that re-shoring helps build a more resilient supply chain.

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Remarks Paper presented at KES International Conference on Sustainable Design and Manufacturing, 12-14 April 2015
First date of publication in InImpact: 1 December 2015