A Model for Assessing Economic and Environmental Sustainability Dimensions of a Fashion Supply Chain and a Case Study

Eleonora Bottani1, Letizia Tebaldi2, Isabella Lazzari3, Giorgia Casella2

  • 1University of Parma, Department of Engineering and Architecture
  • 2University of Parma
  • 3Oiki Acciai Inossidabili S.p.A. Via Paradigna 95/a, Parma



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11:00 - 12:28 | Wed 28 Aug | 110 | WeAT18

Sustainable Operations & Supply Chain Management

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Due to the recent attention gained by sustainability issues in the context of supply chains, the aim of this study is to present a model developed under Microsoft Excel™ for the assessment of the economic and environmental dimensions of a fashion supply chain, sector that deserves particular attention being one of the most polluting in the world. The assessment of the economic dimension is made through the evaluation of the total cost incurred in each process of the supply chain, while the environmental aspect is evaluated in terms of the carbon dioxide emissions generated. Specifically, in this paper the modelling of the warehouse function is detailed. To test the effectiveness of the model a case study was carried out on a fashion company based in the North of Italy; the key results are reported in the manuscript, showing where the majority of costs and emissions are generated. Information obtained from this tool can support the company’s management in their operational decisions and show where to focus their attention to enhance the economic and environmental sustainability.

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