Resilience and digitalization in Short Food Supply Chains: A case study approach

Michel-Villarreal, Rosario, Vilalta-perdomo, Eliseo, Canavari, Maurizio and Hingley, Martin (2021) Resilience and digitalization in Short Food Supply Chains: A case study approach. Sustainability, 13 (11). p. 5913. ISSN 2071-1050

Full content URL: https://doi.org/10.3390/su13115913

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Abstract

The interest in short food supply chains (SFSCs) has grown significantly in the last decade, notably in respect of their potential role to achieve more sustainable food chains. However, a major barrier to achieving sustainable supply chains is the uncertainty associated with supply chain activities. Therefore, this paper aims to explore the different resilience capabilities that SFSCs possess and the potential role of digital technologies as enablers of SFSCs' resilience. Using a case study research approach, semi-structured interviews were conducted in two SFSCs in Mexico. Collected data was analyzed using thematic analysis. Findings suggest that SFSCs possess the supply chain resilience (SC resilience) capabilities investigated here, namely flexibility, redundancy, collaboration, vis-ibility and agility. A key finding is the importance of low-cost digital technologies (including freeware and social media) that can support flexibility, collaboration, visibility and agility. These findings raise important implications for SFSCs actors exploring opportunities to improve their collective resilience. This study expands current literature by proposing a conceptual framework that summarizes a wide variety of strategies that support SC resilience capabilities in the context of SFSCs.

Keywords:alternative food networks, resilient agri-food chains, digital transformation, local food systems
Subjects:N Business and Administrative studies > N530 Distribution
N Business and Administrative studies > N200 Management studies
Divisions:Lincoln International Business School
ID Code:44977
Deposited On:11 Jun 2021 08:39

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