Reflections of environmental management implementation in furniture

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Zutshi, Ambika, Creed, Creed, Holmes, Mary and Brain, Jade. 2016. "Reflections of environmental management implementation in furniture." International Journal of Retail and Distribution Management. 44 (8), pp. 840--859. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJRDM-10-2015-0154
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Reflections of environmental management implementation in furniture

ERA Journal ID22207
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsZutshi, Ambika, Creed, Creed, Holmes, Mary and Brain, Jade
Journal TitleInternational Journal of Retail and Distribution Management
Journal Citation44 (8), pp. 840--859
Number of Pages20
Year2016
PublisherEmerald
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
ISSN0959-0552
1758-6690
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1108/IJRDM-10-2015-0154
Web Address (URL)https://www.emerald.com/insight/content/doi/10.1108/IJRDM-10-2015-0154/full/html
Abstract

Purpose
The purpose of this paper is to present an overview of environmental management initiatives in the furniture retail area. The specific aim is to present reflections of participants implementing environmental initiatives in an Australian furniture retailer, Living Edge, in alignment with a secondary snapshot of environmental initiatives from other furniture retailers.

Design/methodology/approach
Primary reflections from the retailer’s manager and external consultant, both involved in the implementation of environmental initiatives, are enriched with secondary review of environmental management system trends and examples from regions active in the designer furniture sector, including Europe, Southeast Asia and North America.

Findings
An integrated view has been distilled around environmental impact in the furniture supply chain and consumer pressure to minimise the impact. Stakeholders require furniture retailers to improve efficiency and profitability amid the countervailing market demand for environmental sustainability. Retailers may seek competitive advantage through effectively applied and communicated environmental management. The voluntary adoption of systems, international standards and innovative practices that conserve natural resources are amongst the key to success. A live case example of Australian experience is added to the knowledge base for the global retail furniture industry.

Research limitations/implications
One Australian retailer is exemplified to highlight the lived experiences of implementing environmental initiatives. The secondary global review presents a cross-section rather than an in-depth analysis of furniture sector retailers.

Originality/value
There are limited Australian perspectives of designer furniture and its intersection with environmental issues, thus, the paper addresses this gap in the literature and adds to informed practice in a global industry.

KeywordsRetail; Sustainability; Future; Case; Environmental management
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020350499. Commercial services not elsewhere classified
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Byline AffiliationsDeakin University
Living Edge, Australia
Spiire, Australia
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