Justice in UK Supermarket Buyer-Supplier Relationships

Hornibrook, Susan A. and Duffy, Rachel and Fearne, Andrew (2005) Justice in UK Supermarket Buyer-Supplier Relationships. International Journal of Retail and Distribution Management, 33 (8). pp. 570-582. ISSN 0959-0552. (Access to this publication is restricted)

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Abstract

Purpose of the Paper To explore the nature and scope of good and bad practice in the relationships that UK supermarkets have with their suppliers of own-label products in the main commodity sectors (meat, dairy, fresh produce) Design/Methodology/Approach The paper presents the results of a postal survey of supermarket suppliers, which formed part of a wider study of corporate social responsibility in UK supermarket supply chains Findings The results demonstrate the heterogeneity in relationships between supermarkets and their suppliers of own-label products in the main commodity sectors the extent to which retail and supply chain strategy is likely to influence the way in which supermarkets deal with suppliers. Best practice was most evident in the two supermarket supply chains where supply base rationalisation has virtually ceased and the adoption of lead suppliers and sole suppliers has been most evident in recent years. Research Limitations/Implications Postal survey limited to suppliers in three commodity sectors, where buyer power is greatest. Would expect different results for relationships with branded suppliers. Practical Implications With supermarkets coming under increasing scrutiny over the way they treat suppliers, the conceptual framework and survey instrument represent an mechanism for independent assessment of supply chain relationships in sensitive markets, which could be used constructively to encourage the more widespread adoption of good practice and the elimination of bad practice in supermarket relationships. What is Original/Value of Paper This paper presents the results of the first attempt anywhere to empirically measure fairness in relationships between supermarkets and their suppliers. Further research is necessary but the results of our early work are extremely encouraging.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Business School > Business process/operations
Depositing User: Sue Hornibrook
Date Deposited: 01 Oct 2008 14:01
Last Modified: 16 May 2014 13:57
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/11414 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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