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Management Strategies and Collaborative Relationships in the Agrifood Supply Chain. Evidence from the Horticultural Sector in Spain

Version 1 : Received: 14 December 2020 / Approved: 14 December 2020 / Online: 14 December 2020 (14:03:54 CET)

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Pérez-Mesa, J.C.; Piedra-Muñoz, L.; Galdeano-Gómez, E.; Giagnocavo, C. Management Strategies and Collaborative Relationships for Sustainability in the Agrifood Supply Chain. Sustainability 2021, 13, 749. Pérez-Mesa, J.C.; Piedra-Muñoz, L.; Galdeano-Gómez, E.; Giagnocavo, C. Management Strategies and Collaborative Relationships for Sustainability in the Agrifood Supply Chain. Sustainability 2021, 13, 749.

Journal reference: Sustainability 2021, 13, 749
DOI: 10.3390/su13020749

Abstract

The present article proposes a complete framework for Supply Chain Strategy (SCS) analysis that is adapted to the specific characteristics of the agrifood chain, thereby facilitating management of the former. As a specific case of analysis, the horticultural supply chain, originating in Spain and ending with the European consumer, is analyzed, taking as a reference the marketing companies at origin (mainly social economy companies, i.e.; cooperatives). In addition, a survey of marketing companies is conducted to possibly determine which explicit cooperative growth strategies may include horizontal and vertical collaboration relationships with other members of the chain. The aim is to analyze with whom the cooperative collaborates within the supply chain and the key points of such collaboration. A model analyzing the influence of collaboration on company performance is also considered. The results reveal that, in recent years, aspects related to quality and health have been surpassed and replaced by the concept of sustainability within a framework of collaboration with customers. In any case, it becomes evident that there is a need to expand collaboration within the chain by incorporating the supplier of the supplier, with the aim of making the chain more profitable.

Subject Areas

supply chain management; transport; sustainability; quality; innovation

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