ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846
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Local Impact of Retailer-Driven Garment Supply Chains

A sample survey of the Bangalore-based suppliers of ready-made garments to Wal-Mart Stores and other corporate retailers, together with meetings with some of their workers suggests that, among other ways, these suppliers deal with the tendency of declining profit margins by paying abysmally low wages and obliging the workers to undertake unpaid overtime work. Indeed, cheap, skilled and docile labour is the main source of competitive advantage of such suppliers in large retailer-driven global commodity chains.

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