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Integrative retail logistics: An exploratory study


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Kuhn, Heinrich ; Sternbeck, Michael:
Integrative retail logistics: An exploratory study.
In: Operations management research : OMR ; advancing practice through theory. 6 (2013) 1/2. - S. 2-18.
ISSN 1936-9735 ; 1936-9743


Link zum Volltext (externe URL): http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12063-012-0075-9


Grocery retail companies have gone through a transformational change in the past by heavily investing in distribution centers of their own and by expanding their logistics activities. As a result, many retailers are now in the process of better adjusting their logistics operations to their specific requirements against the backdrop of raising pressure in a highly competitive environment. In this light, we provide an exploratory study based on semistructured face-to-face interviews with 28 leading European grocery retailers. First we examine the current strategic designs of grocery retailers’ internal logistics networks. Next, we shift our focus to the resulting interdependencies in tactical supply chain planning between instore operations and upstream logistics processes. We have identified five interdependent planning issues: order packaging unit, store delivery pattern, store replenishment lead time, store delivery arrival times and arrival time windows, as well as roll-cage sequencing and loading carriers. Each of these mid-term planning interdependencies is evaluated with regard to implications in the stores, in transportation and in the distribution centers. The mid-term operations planning issues in the grocery retail industry considered in this paper have remained practically unexplored up to now. The outcome of this empirical research study therefore has substantial relevance for future retail research and practice.

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Schlagwörter:Grocery retailing, Retail supply networks, Retail supply chain planning, Retail operations
Institutionen der Universität:Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät > Betriebswirtschaftslehre > Lehrstuhl für Allgemeine Betriebswirtschaftslehre, Supply Chain Management & Operations
Titel an der KU entstanden:Ja
Eingestellt am:27. Feb 2014 14:17
Letzte Änderung:06. Mai 2016 14:20
URL zu dieser Anzeige:http://edoc.ku-eichstaett.de/14020/