The Impact of Near Sourcing on Global Dynamic Supply Chains: A Case Study

  • Anna Corinna Cagliano
  • Alberto De Marco
  • Carlo Rafele
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Logistics book series (LNLO)


Although near sourcing is a valid alternative to global sourcing as a way to improve supply chain (SC) efficiency, there is a lack of studies aimed at understanding the reasons underlying the adoption of near sourcing strategies and at evaluating the related benefits. With the purpose of contributing to the discussion about the role of near sourcing in current dynamic SCs, the present work analyses the case of an Italian retailer that turned the global store furniture procurement process into near sourcing. Switching from Far East suppliers to a continental one enables a SC reengineering that decreases transportation and inventory carrying costs and assures economic viability. The work provides a methodological reference to compare global and near sourcing policies and to calculate the associated savings. The approach may be adapted to investigate different products, services, and business sectors.


Supply chain management Purchasing Global networks Near sourcing 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Anna Corinna Cagliano
    • 1
  • Alberto De Marco
    • 1
  • Carlo Rafele
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Management and Production EngineeringPolitecnico di TorinoTorinoItaly

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