Resilience and digitalization in Short Food Supply Chains: A case study approach

Michel-Villarreal, Rosario, Vilalta-Perdomo, Eliseo Luis, Canavari, Maurizio and Hingley, Martin (2021) Resilience and digitalization in Short Food Supply Chains: A case study approach. Sustainability, 13 (11). p. 5913. ISSN 2071-1050

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Abstract

The interest in short food supply chains (SFSCs) has grown significantly in the last dec- 12 ade, notably in respect of their potential role to achieve more sustainable food chains. However, a 13 major barrier to achieving sustainable supply chains is the uncertainty associated with supply 14 chain activities. Therefore, this paper aims to explore the different resilience capabilities that SFSCs 15 possess and the potential role of digital technologies as enablers of SFSCs' resilience. Using a case 16 study research approach, semi-structured interviews were conducted in two SFSCs in Mexico. 17 Collected data was analyzed using thematic analysis. Findings suggest that SFSCs possess the 18 supply chain resilience (SC resilience) capabilities investigated here, namely flexibility, redun- 19 dancy, collaboration, visibility and agility. A key finding is the importance of low-cost digital 20 technologies (including freeware and social media) that can support flexibility, collaboration, visi- 21 bility and agility. These findings raise important implications for SFSCs actors exploring opportu- 22 nities to improve their collective resilience. This study expands current literature by proposing a 23 conceptual framework that summarizes a wide variety of strategies that support SC resilience ca- 24 pabilities in the context of SFSCs.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: alternative food networks, resilient agri-food chains, digital transformation, local food systems
Divisions: Agriculture, Food and Environment
Depositing User: Ms Rosario Michel-Villarreal
Date Deposited: 08 Nov 2021 13:28
Last Modified: 08 Nov 2021 13:28
URI: https://rau.repository.guildhe.ac.uk/id/eprint/16495

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