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The role of supermarket chains in developing food, other fast-moving consumer goods and consumer goods suppliers in regional markets

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  • Reena das Nair
  • Namhla Landani

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Supermarkets are strong catalysts to stimulate the growth and development of producers and suppliers of processed food and manufactured products in Southern Africa. This paper assesses the role of supermarkets and governments in developing supplier capabilities through supplier development programmes. In South Africa, a shift is evident in recent approaches by supermarkets away from mere compliance as part of black economic empowerment or social responsibility objectives, to more mutually beneficial, commercially oriented and long-term investments to develop supplier capabilities.

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  • Reena das Nair & Namhla Landani, 2019. "The role of supermarket chains in developing food, other fast-moving consumer goods and consumer goods suppliers in regional markets," WIDER Working Paper Series wp-2019-59, World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER).
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    3. Reena das Nair & Shingie Chisoro-Dube, 2017. "The expansion of regional supermarket chains: Implications on suppliers in Botswana and South Africa," WIDER Working Paper Series wp-2017-26, World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER).
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    5. Reena das Nair & Shingie Chisoro-Dube, 2015. "The expansion of regional supermarket chains: Changing models of retailing and the implications for local supplier capabilities in South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, and Zimbabwe," WIDER Working Paper Series wp-2015-114, World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER).
    6. Reena das Nair & Shingie Chisoro, 2016. "The expansion of regional supermarket chains and implications for local suppliers: A comparison of findings from South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, and Zimbabwe," WIDER Working Paper Series 169, World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER).
    7. Reena das Nair & Shingie Chisoro-Dube, 2016. "The expansion of regional supermarket chains and implications for local suppliers: A comparison of findings from South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, and Zimbabwe," WIDER Working Paper Series wp-2016-169, World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER).
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