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Analyzing the Efficient Execution of In-Store Logistics Processes in Grocery Retailing – The Case of Dairy Products

Reiner, G, Teller, C and Kotzab, H (2013) Analyzing the Efficient Execution of In-Store Logistics Processes in Grocery Retailing – The Case of Dairy Products Production and Operations Management, 22 (4). pp. 924-939.

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Abstract

In this paper, we examine in-store logistics processes for handling dairy products, from the incoming dock to the shelves of supermarkets and hypermarkets. The efficient execution of the in-store logistics related to such fast-moving, sensitive and essential items is challenging, and crucial for grocery retailers’ sales, profits and image. In our empirical study we survey in-store logistics processes in 202 grocery supermarkets and hypermarkets belonging to a major retail chain in central Europe. Using a data envelopment analysis (DEA) and simulation, we facilitate process benchmarking. In particular, we identify ways of improving in-store logistics processes by showing the performance impacts of different managerial strategies and tactics. The DEA results indicate different efficiency levels for different store formats; the hybrid store format of the small hypermarket exhibits a comparatively worse performance in the analyzed execution of in-store logistics processes. The process simulation analysis reveals that the strategic and tactical design of in-store logistics processes (such as store locations/layouts, capacity management, reorder time, order period and safety stock factors) lead to substantial service performance improvements (such as higher on-shelf availability combined with reduced inventory obsolescence costs). The results also show marginal improvements in the performance figures when delivery delays and damage to products are reduced. The core contributions of this paper are to provide insights into the nature of in-store logistics processes in different store formats and to suggest a multi-analysis approach to make the performance of in-store logistics processes measureable, comparable and, consequently, manageable.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Surrey Business School
Authors :
AuthorsEmailORCID
Reiner, GUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Teller, CUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Kotzab, HUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 1 January 2013
Identification Number : 10.1111/poms.12003
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Additional Information : © 2013 Production and Operations Management Society. This is the author's version of the work. It is posted here by permission of Production and Operations Management Society for personal use, not for redistribution. The definitive version was published in Production and Operations Management, 22, (4) 924-939. http://dx.doi.org/ 10.1111/poms.12003
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 24 Feb 2015 15:56
Last Modified : 10 Mar 2015 14:33
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/807194

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