Evaluating Food Retailing Efficiency: The Role of Information Technology

31 Pages Posted: 1 Aug 2005

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Timothy A. Park

Economic Research Service, USDA

Robert P. King

University of Minnesota - College of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Sciences - Department of Applied Economics

Date Written: November 11, 2004

Abstract

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

Keywords: Multiple performance measures, distance function, food retail productivity, information technologies, supply chain initiatives

JEL Classification: L81, O32, D24

Suggested Citation

Park, Timothy A. and King, Robert P., Evaluating Food Retailing Efficiency: The Role of Information Technology (November 11, 2004). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=762885 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.762885

Timothy A. Park (Contact Author)

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Robert P. King

University of Minnesota - College of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Sciences - Department of Applied Economics ( email )

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