Aligning the sustainable supply chain to green marketing needs: a case study
AffiliationNottingham Trent University
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AbstractThe research explores the challenges facing organisations in aligning sustainable procurement requirements and marketing needs and the attendant shifts in supply chain management practices. Whilst external influences are readily understood (e.g. regulation and customer demand), less is understood about the implications for suppliers trying to meet sustainable procurement requirements and the organisational challenges of aligning marketing with sustainable supply chain management. An exploratory case study of a UK University catering department has been undertaken, to explore the strategies, processes and relationships associated with synthesising sustainable supply chain and green marketing needs. The empirical findings illustrate the divergence between organisational perspectives on sustainability and procuring sustainable products with marketing demands. Thus, the findings extend the theoretical discussion on sustainable supply chains by providing empirical data based on real-life implementation and from this an emergent aligned supply chain model is proposed, which confirms two drivers for alignment, lean and resource efficient and local and seasonal contingent on market demand. The findings emphasise the benefits of a reverse information flow, the importance of intermediaries, and relationships in its fulfilment, while indicating the resurgence of a supply push of sustainable products into core markets. Future research directions are also posited.
CitationBRINDLEY, C. and OXBORROW, L., (2014) Aligning the sustainable supply chain to green marketing needs: a case study., Industrial Marketing Management. Industrial Marketing Management, 43 (1), pp. 45-55.
JournalIndustrial Marketing Management