International Journal of Mathematical, Engineering and Management Sciences

ISSN: 2455-7749

Time-Based Process Mapping for Lead Time Compression in the Apparel Supply Chain: A Case Study

Chowdhury Jony Moin
Department of Industrial and Production Engineering, Shahjalal University of Science and Technology, University Ave, Sylhet 3114, Bangladesh; Department of Textile Engineering, Ahsanullah University of Science and Technology, 141 & 142, Love Road, Dhaka 1208, Bangladesh.

Mohammad Iqbal
Department of Industrial and Production Engineering, Shahjalal University of Science and Technology, University Ave, Sylhet 3114, Bangladesh.

A. B. M. Abdul Malek
Department of Industrial and Production Engineering, Shahjalal University of Science and Technology, University Ave, Sylhet 3114, Bangladesh.

Rezwanul Haque
School of Science and Engineering, University of the Sunshine Coast, 90 Sippy Downs Drive, Sippy Downs, QLD 4556, Australia.

DOI https://doi.org/10.33889/IJMEMS.2020.5.1.009

Received on May 17, 2019
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Accepted on August 30, 2019

Abstract

Fashion industries are highly globalized as designing, manufacturing and selling are performed in different countries. As a result, it has a long supply chain and long lead time. Identification of value-added time through-out the supply chain is a key research area in apparel industries. This case study investigated detailed activities of thirty contracts of an apparel supply chain by considering the manufacturer as a coupling point of upstream (suppliers) and downstream (buyer). The contract frequencies were analyzed based on lead time and quantity. Each contract was analyzed using a time-based process mapping (TBPM). TBPMs of all contracts showed that overall 45% were non-value-added activities throughout the chain. It was also identified that the non-value activities were independent of the contract volume. This study recommends time compression methodology to reduce the non-value-added activities by using advanced manufacturing technologies. The methodology and recommended time compression ways of this study can be applied to other supply chains.

Keywords- Lead time, Supply chain management, Time to market, TBPM.

Citation

Moin, C. J., Iqbal, M., Malek, A. B. M. A., & Haque, R. (2020). Time-Based Process Mapping for Lead Time Compression in the Apparel Supply Chain: A Case Study. International Journal of Mathematical, Engineering and Management Sciences, 5(1), 96-107. https://doi.org/10.33889/IJMEMS.2020.5.1.009.

Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that there is no conflict of interest for this publication.

Acknowledgements

The authors appreciate the effort from editors and reviewers. This paper did not receive any financial assistance/grants from any funding agencies.

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