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Evaluating food retailing efficiency: the role of information technology

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  • Timothy Park

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  • Robert King

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Information and internet-based technologies have fostered new supply chain initiatives in food retailing but little research has evaluated performance and efficiency impacts. A distance function based on three key performance measures for food retailers is used to evaluate store performance and efficiency. The effects of store format, membership in a chain, unionization, and the adoption of a variety of information technologies. Supply chain technologies are groups into three general categories including data sharing technologies, decision sharing technologies, and technologies that support product assortment, pricing, and merchandising decisions. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2007

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  • Timothy Park & Robert King, 2007. "Evaluating food retailing efficiency: the role of information technology," Journal of Productivity Analysis, Springer, vol. 27(2), pages 101-113, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:jproda:v:27:y:2007:i:2:p:101-113
    DOI: 10.1007/s11123-006-0030-6
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    1. Park, Timothy A., 2014. "Assessing Performance Impacts in Food Retail Distribution Systems: A Stochastic Frontier Model Correcting for Sample Selection," Agricultural and Resource Economics Review, Cambridge University Press, vol. 43(03), pages 373-389, December.
    2. Peter L. Stenberg & Mitchell Morehart, 2012. "The existence of pent-up demand for rural broadband services: an exploration," Chapters,in: Entrepreneurship, Social Capital and Governance, chapter 9, pages 221-240 Edward Elgar Publishing.
    3. Corstjens Marcel & Vanderheyden Ludo, 2010. "Competition, Risk and Return in the US Grocery Industry," Review of Marketing Science, De Gruyter, vol. 8(1), pages 1-28, June.

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    Keywords

    Multiple performance measures; Distance function; Food retail productivity; Information technologies; Supply chain initiatives; L81; L25; O32;

    JEL classification:

    • L81 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Services - - - Retail and Wholesale Trade; e-Commerce
    • L25 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Firm Performance
    • O32 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Management of Technological Innovation and R&D

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