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Competitive Supply Chain Strategies in the Retail Sector

Author: Kenan-Flagler Business School; Swaminathan, Jayashankar M.; Lin, Yen-Ting
Publisher: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 2011-08
Dissertation: Thesis / Dissertation ETD
Edition/Format:   Thesis/dissertation : Thesis/dissertation : eBook : English
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In response to increasing competition, quick response (QR) and vertical integration are commonly used strategies in the retail industry to gain competitive edge. While the benefits of these strategies have been well studied in a monopoly setting, their value under competition has received less attention. It is therefore essential to understand the competitive value of these strategies. In the first chapter, we  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Dissertation
Material Type: Thesis/dissertation, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Kenan-Flagler Business School; Swaminathan, Jayashankar M.; Lin, Yen-Ting
OCLC Number: 1105761142
Language Note: English

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In response to increasing competition, quick response (QR) and vertical integration are commonly used strategies in the retail industry to gain competitive edge. While the benefits of these strategies have been well studied in a monopoly setting, their value under competition has received less attention. It is therefore essential to understand the competitive value of these strategies. In the first chapter, we investigate the value of an additional in-season replenishment opportunity provided by QR in a supply chain with a manufacturer serving two competing retailers. We find offering QR to only one of the ex-ante symmetric retailers may be the optimal policy for a manufacturer, rather than offering QR to both of them or refraining from offering it at all. Moreover, we show QR may prove detrimental to a retailer when retail competition is taken into account. In the second chapter, we examine the value of vertical integration for a manufacturer under channel competition. We build a model with two competing supply chains, each with a supplier, a manufacturer and a retailer. The manufacturer considers three strategies: (1) forward integration, (2) backward integration, and (3) no integration. We show backward integration benefits a manufacturer while forward integration can be harmful to it. For manufacturers' competitive choice of integration strategy, we find manufacturers encounter prisoner's dilemma: every manufacturer chooses to vertically integrate, making them and the entire channel worse off than they would be if none of them vertically integrate. Finally, vertical integration can result in a better quality product sold at a lower price. In the third chapter, we examine the impact of having strategic customers on firms' profitability and the performance of the entire channel. Interestingly, we show that having strategic customers benefits a supplier from higher sales. It also benefits a retailer when a product is sufficiently, but not overly, fashionable. The t

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