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               International Journal of Production Economics
                                Special Issue
                                     on
  Green Manufacturing and Distribution in the Fashion and Apparel Industries

                              Special Issue Guest Editors

      Tsan-Ming Choi, Chris K.Y. Lo, Christina W.Y. Wong, Rachel W.Y. Yee

                                   Business Division
                           Institute of Textiles and Clothing
                        The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Introduction

Green manufacturing and distribution is a pertinent and timely issue in production
economics. It is also an issue of special relevance to the fashion and apparel industries
(F&AI). Over the past decade, while many new management approaches and principles
have been introduced to address the social, economic, and environmental issues
associated with the manufacturing and distribution of fashion and apparel products,
new and critical challenges have emerged. First, consumers are showing increasing
concern for the environment and they are willing to pay premium prices for eco-fashion
and apparel products. This trend has important implications for the manufacturing and
distribution practices in the F&AI. It is likely to cause changes in the F&AI’s business
mindset and objectives in manufacturing and distribution management. Second, the
manufacturing and distribution of traditional fashion and apparel products are notorious
for generating high volumes of waste and scraps, releasing pollutants such as dyeing
chemicals and toxic gases, involving excessive packaging, and employing energy-
inefficient manufacturing and distribution methods. As a result, environmental
pollution is inherently attributed to the manufacturing and distribution processes in the
F&AI. In order to achieve environmental sustainability, new measures have to be
proposed to address these issues. Third, in view of global awareness of the importance
of environmental protection, governments in different countries are implementing
regulatory measures to contain the environmental harm caused by their F&AI. A
number of governments, such as China, have placed the F&AI as a focal area for the
further exploration of green manufacturing and distribution related policies. How does
this regulatory force affect the pursuit of green manufacturing and distribution in the
F&AI hence becomes a very timely and interesting topic to study.

In this special issue, we seek to publish the latest research on green manufacturing and
distribution in the F&AI that employs both quantitative and quality research
methodologies such as modelling, optimization, algorithms, simulation, questionnaire
surveys, event studies, case studies etc. The aim of this special issue is to disseminate
state-of-the-art methods and management principles for investigating and analyzing
pertinent issues related to the designated theme. We invite papers on cutting-edge
research into the following topics:
1. Green manufacturing and distribution management in the fashion and apparel
   industries.
2. Social sustainability and policy making in the fashion and apparel industries.
3. Environmental and quality management in the fashion and apparel industries.
4. Green procurement in the fashion and apparel industries.
5. Relationship between mass customization and green manufacturing and
   distribution.
6. Strategic alliances and green manufacturing and distribution in the fashion and
   apparel industries.
7. Green product design for manufacturing and distribution.
8. Product innovation for green manufacturing and distribution in the fashion and
   apparel industries.
9. Risk analysis of green manufacturing and distribution of fashion and apparel
   products.
10. Information systems for green manufacturing and distribution in the fashion and
    apparel industries.
11. Branding and green manufacturing and distribution in the fashion and apparel
    industries.
12. Behavioural research in green manufacturing and distribution of fashion and
    apparel products.
13. Climate change issues related to green manufacturing and distribution in the fashion
    and apparel industries.
14. Process improvement and green manufacturing and distribution in the fashion and
    apparel industries.
15. Stakeholders’ influences on green manufacturing and distribution practices in the
    fashion and apparel industries

Manuscript Preparation and Submission

To prepare their manuscript, authors are asked to closely follow the “Instructions to
Authors” that is presented at the back of any recent issue of the International Journal of
Production Economics. Manuscripts will be refereed according to the standards of
IJPE. Manuscripts should be submitted via IJPE’s electronic submission system by 30
September 2010. For further enquiries, please contact any of the guest editors.

Publication Schedule

INFORMATION                                   DEADLINE

Manuscript submission                         30 September 2010
Reviewer reports                              30 November 2010
Revised paper submission                      28 February 2011
Final manuscript submissions to publisher     31 May 2011
Special Issue Co-Editors

GUEST EDITORS
Dr Tsan-Ming Choi
Business Division, Institute of Textiles and Clothing
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
11 Yuk Choi Road, Hung Hom
Kowloon, Hong Kong
Tel: (852)-2766-6450
Fax: (852)-2773-1432
E-mail: tcjason@polyu.edu.hk

Dr Chris K.Y. Lo
Business Division, Institute of Textiles and Clothing
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
11 Yuk Choi Road, Hung Hom
Kowloon, Hong Kong
Tel: (852)- 2766-5609
Fax: (852)-2773-1432
E-mail: tcclo@inet.polyu.edu.hk

Dr Christina W.Y. Wong
Business Division, Institute of Textiles and Clothing
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
11 Yuk Choi Road, Hung Hom
Kowloon, Hong Kong
Tel: (852)-2766-6415
Fax: (852)-2773-1432
E-mail: tcchris@inet.polyu.edu.hk

Dr Rachel W.Y. Yee
Business Division, Institute of Textiles and Clothing
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
11 Yuk Choi Road, Hung Hom
Kowloon, Hong Kong
Tel: (852)-2766-5608
Fax: (852)-2773-1432
E-mail: tcryee@inet.polyu.edu.hk