Engaging retailers: giving them voice or controlling their voice, a supplier's perspective

Jackson, Keith, Jackson, Jacqui and Hopkinson, Gillian (2013) Engaging retailers: giving them voice or controlling their voice, a supplier's perspective. British Academy of Management.

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This full paper from the Marketing and Retail track of BAM 2013 investigates the relationships between suppliers and retailers in the UK convenience store sector in terms of Hirschman's model whereby members of a group can influence it by either expressing their opinions (voice) or leaving it in protest (exit). Suppliers may create loyalty among retailers by raising exit costs and/or allowing them to express their voices. The investigation was carried out using the recorded turnover of the top thirty wholesalers and the major store chains/franchises in 2005-12, publications by the main trade organisation, in the trade press and online, and interviews. The results of the research suggest that the wholesalers do not use cost of exit or enabling retailer voice exclusively; instead they now tend to combine both within their retailer relationship strategies.

Item Type: Report
Publisher: British Academy of Management
Departments: Centre for Regional Economic Development
Depositing User: Anna Lupton
Date Deposited: 14 Dec 2017 14:24
Last Modified: 14 Dec 2017 18:37
URI: http://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/3476


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