Correlation between Supply Chain Visibility, Supply Chain Sustainability and the Use of New Technologies

Document Type : Review Paper




The purpose of this research is to determine the correlation between supply chain visibility, supply chain sustainability and the implementation of new technologies in the supply chain domain. Its significance is huge as it opens new roads of understanding the above correlation in order to assist supply chain managers to adapt to more sustainable supply chain operations This research is following the systematic literature review approach. Therefore, is following specific methods/frameworks that include a systematic screening process with inclusive/ exclusive criteria, the implementation of the SALSA method, the CASP checklist, the PRISMA 2009 statement checklist with 3 items, while the findings were divided into 4 major thematic categories. The findings highlighted a strong indirect correlation between supply chain visibility and supply chain sustainability. This correlation is facilitated via the implementation of new technologies, like RFIDs, blockchain, A.I. etc. Although a lot have been written in terms of supply chain visibility and sustainability and of course, about the new technologies, their combination in the light of the strong correlation between visibility and sustainability in a supply chain have not been discussed a lot till now. The implications of the research, from a managerial point of view, are huge as they can be the springboard for the development of new approaches/ operational frameworks towards more sustainable supply chains. Until now, supply chain visibility, although was a priority for supply chain professionals, was not implemented with an eye in supply chain sustainability, but instead was focused more on operational aspects. Now, with the use of new technologies, both are possible.


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