Supply Chain Practices of Three European Apparel Companies: Zara, H&M and Benetton

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Case Code : OPER067
Case Length : 21 Pages
Period : 1990-2007
Organization : Tesco Plc.
Pub Date : 2008
Teaching Note : Available
Countries : UK

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