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Slotting Allowances as Real Options: An Alternative Explanation

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  • Timothy J. Richards

    (Arizona State University)

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This article offers an alternative explanation for slotting allowances using contingent claims analysis, or real option pricing. Slotting allowances arise because retailers hold call options on their shelf space while suppliers must buy these options to introduce a new product. A simulated model of new-product introduction shows that stocking a new product contains a significant, imbedded real option component. We also show that advertising and promotional support can reduce the real option value.

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  • Timothy J. Richards, 2004. "Slotting Allowances as Real Options: An Alternative Explanation," The Journal of Business, University of Chicago Press, vol. 77(4), pages 675-696, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:ucp:jnlbus:v:77:y:2004:i:4:p:675-696
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    1. Innes, Robert & Hamilton, Stephen F., 2006. "Naked slotting fees for vertical control of multi-product retail markets," International Journal of Industrial Organization, Elsevier, vol. 24(2), pages 303-318, March.
    2. Geng, Qin & Minutolo, Marcel C., 2010. "Failure fee under stochastic demand and information asymmetry," International Journal of Production Economics, Elsevier, vol. 128(1), pages 269-279, November.
    3. Sandri, Serena & Schade, Christian & Mußhoff, Oliver & Odening, Martin, 2010. "Holding on for too long? An experimental study on inertia in entrepreneurs' and non-entrepreneurs' disinvestment choices," Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Elsevier, vol. 76(1), pages 30-44, October.

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