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Innovation and competition in UK supermarkets

Harvey, M (2006) 'Innovation and competition in UK supermarkets.' Supply Chain Management, 5 (1). pp. 197-205. ISSN 1359-8546

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Argues that the developments in UK supermarket practice in recent years have resulted in a distinctive system of retailing in the UK, and that this has some important consequences for how one assesses the nature of competition in this market. In particular it means that standard approaches to assessing consumer benefits and the presence or absence of anti?competitive behaviour may not be appropriate. It is argued that UK supermarkets are delivering a quite different offering to the marketplace from a simple ?basket of goods? with a specific price and quality. The issues of product range, innovation potential, and associated convenience factors are all part of the package. This leads to a consideration of the questions of ?What is competing with what?? and ?Who is competing with whom??: the issue of comparing like with like. From there we arrive at the question of how competition policy in this field needs to consider long?term innovation potential as well as short?term price issues.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Supply?chain management; Innovation; Supermarkets; Competitive strategy; United Kingdom
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 01 Sep 2015 14:15
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2022 13:19

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