Special issue: supply chain management in the Latin-American business
environment –opportunity or necessity?
Supplychain management (SCM) includesrelationships betweensuppliers, manufacturersand
customers and is an effective network of firms performing activities in a particular product/
service value chain (Stevenson, 2007). These firms have constructed financial, environmental
and socialstrategies, whichcould help them improve theirprofits, market positionand image in
the environmentand society. It isclear that SCM activitiesare an important factorand have the
potentialto play an increasingly importantrole in corporate strategies(Fowler and Hope, 2007).
However, relationships between supply chain(SC) partners are not always explicit.
Firms’behavior and performance in SCM processes have become a prominent topic in
management research during the last decades. Papers have shed light on the functioning of
SCM processes, its drivers and constraints and recognized SCM as crucial for business
success (Cao and Zhang, 2011;Pradabwong et al., 2015;Skippari et al., 2017).
However, research on SCM is mostly conducted and disseminated in Western industrial
economies or Asian fast-growth countries. Only a limited number of publications have shown
the particular features that affect SCM in the Latin-American business environment. In the
region, challenges such as costs, customer satisfaction, lack of reliability and performance,
and service quality (Sandoval Chavez et al., 2017) are reported. Further, problems have been
observed in main logistics nodes, customs and transportation accompanied by difficulties in
exchanging of information, as data do not flow with the speed, precision and certainty that
the entire system needs (Gil Gaytan, 2017).
The lack of studies addressing Latin-American logistics problems motivated us to
propose a special issue (SI) entitled “Supply Chain Management in the Latin-American
business environment –opportunity or necessity?”The aim was to better understand the
background of the problems mentioned above and to extend understanding of the region’s
The call for papers addressing this SI was open for three months. During this period, we
received 71 research papers; Chile, Colombia and Mexico each sent four papers, while
Ecuador and Peru sent one apiece and Brazil 57.
The work performed by the reviewers has been challenging, and we would like to thank
them for all their efforts. Eventually, 13 articles for SI were accepted.
The first paper in this SI, by Ferreira et al. (2021), is entitled “Postponement practices in the
Brazilian southeast wine sector”and shows the application of the postponement strategy by
wineries in the state of Minas Gerais (southeastern Brazil), to identify the types of
postponement adopted by these vintners. The authors examined 12 case studies of wine-
producing companies using semi-structured interviews with the managers.
The authors of the second paper, by Sellito et al. (2021) entitled “Structure and Complexity
in six Supply Chains of the Brazilian Wind Turbine Industry,”present a theoretical model to
evaluate the structural complexity of six manufacturing SCs related to the Brazilian wind
turbine industry. This study adopts the social network perspective to provide a broad set of
network metrics for comparative analysis and characterization of the structural
configuration and complexity of SCs.
A new hybrid approach based on criticality, analysis and optimization of spare parts
inventory ispresented in the third paperby Muniz et al. (2021) entitled “Spare parts inventory
management:a new hybrid approach.”Themodel allowsfor the reduction of thetotal inventory
value, and it is presented in this paper. The proposed approach combines qualitative and
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