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Understanding the role of logistics in retail purchasing groups
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Logistics Management. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
2012 (English)Conference paper, Presentation (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

For many retail purchasing groups, i.e. independent retailers that cooperate concerning joint purchasing, branding, and other activities, capabilities related to logistics are becoming increasingly important for sustainable competitive advantage. The objective of this research is to, based on two case studies of Swedish retail purchasing groups, develop our understanding of the role of logistics in such groups. The article considers retail purchasing groups that have deliberately extended their centralised purchasing collaboration to also include other activities, in particular logistics activities. These groups are expected to benefit from economies of scale not only in purchasing, but also from marketing and logistics activities and hence compete on more similar conditions as other retail chains, typically mega-retailers that often represent best practice in the retail industry today. In the findings, market strategy and organisational matters as well as advantages of being a member of a purchasing group with centralised logistics, is discussed. In particular the existence of a central warehouse plays a vital role in terms of advantages of being a member of a purchasing group.

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Keyword [en]
purchasing groups, retail, organisation, logistics, case study
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Business Administration
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-79914OAI: diva2:544621
EURAM 2012, 6-8 June, Rotterdam
Available from: 2012-08-15 Created: 2012-08-15 Last updated: 2012-08-22

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