Understanding logistics-based competition in retail: a business model perspective
2013 (English)In: International Journal of Retail & Distribution Management, ISSN 0959-0552, Vol. 41, no 3, 176-188 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Purpose – Logistics scholars, as well as strategic management scholars, have in recent years shown that capabilities in logistics and supply chain management may be the foundation for a company's sustainable competitive advantage. It can be argued that beside product-, production-, or market-oriented companies, there are also flow-oriented companies, in which the business models are based on superior logistics performance. The purpose of this study is to explore the characteristics of logistics-based competition, i.e. how a logistics-based business model is designed.
Design/methodology/approach – The research is based on a case study at a German do-it-yourself retailer. The case company can be considered as a best practice company when it comes to logistics-based competition, where a committed top management team guarantees the importance of logistics in the strategic development of the company.
Findings – Logistics-related characteristics of the three business model components – external environment, internal factors and offering – are elaborated.
Originality/value – This research adds to existing theory by developing the meaning of logistics-based competition. The strategic role of logistics is described through a business model approach.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2013. Vol. 41, no 3, 176-188 p.
Logistics; Strategy; Competition; DIY; Business model; Supply chain management; Competitive strategy
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-106349DOI: 10.1108/09590551311306237OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-106349DiVA: diva2:715532