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Digitisation in forest industry in Bulgaria - state and perspectives

Georgieva, Daniela and Popova, Radostina (2019): Digitisation in forest industry in Bulgaria - state and perspectives. Published in: Digitalisation and circular economy: forestry and forestry based industry implications, proceedings of scientific papers, Sofia: USB & WoodEMA, ISBN 978-954-397-042-1 (paper); ISBN 978-954-397-043-8 (CD); ISBN 978-954-397-044-5 ( (September 2019): pp. 181-186.

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Abstract

A main objective of the paper is to present the state, current trends and challenges in front of the enterprises in Bulgarian Forest sector, based on the introduction of digital tools and solutions in business and economy as a whole. A subject of analyses is the degree of digitisation of forest sector enterprises based on the implementation and use of online-based applications and electronic catalogs; specialized information and communication management systems and networks; office and warehouse management software. The indicators under analysis are divided into the following groups - "connectivity and digital skills"; "internal processes" and "relationship with customers, suppliers and third parties". In order to achieve comparability of the results, the selected indicators are the same as those officially used by Eurostat. For the purposes of the analysis, secondary and primary data are used as well as publications in the specialized literature, legislation framework and analyzes of statistical data from national and international databases. The paper presents primary results from in-depth interviews with management representatives from large forest industry enterprises, according to the requirements of the Bulgarian Accountancy Act (AA). Good digital practices in the furniture manufacturers are also presented, and some opportunities for development of the Forest industry entities are suggested.

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