|Appears in Collections:||Marketing and Retail Journal Articles|
|Peer Review Status:||Refereed|
|Title:||Recent Changes in the Japanese Wholesale System and the Importance of the Sogo Shosha|
|Citation:||Larke R & Davies K (2007) Recent Changes in the Japanese Wholesale System and the Importance of the Sogo Shosha, International Review of Retail, Distribution and Consumer Research, 17 (4), pp. 377-390.|
|Abstract:||Interest in Japanese distribution as a field of academic study has waned in recent years, but there is a continuing concern with the activities of Japan’s general trading companies or Sogo Shosha. This research has concentrated largely on their function as international trade intermediaries but it has overlooked their role in the domestic economy. In recent years, the same Sogo Shosha have expanded their involvement in domestic distribution, in particular into food wholesaling, but more recently into retailing. The aim of this paper is to explore the extent of this involvement and to present an analysis of the reasons behind such a shift from both a managerial and a theoretical perspective. Further, we go on to look at the current and future consequences of such large, internationally powerful companies taking a significant share in domestic distribution in Japan.|
|Rights:||Published in The International Review of Retail, Distribution and Consumer Research by Taylor & Francis. This is an electronic version of an article published in The International Review of Retail, Distribution and Consumer Research, Volume 17, Issue 4, September 2007, pp. 377 - 390. The International Review of Retail, Distribution and Consumer Research is available online at: http://www.informaworld.com/openurl?genre=article&issn=0959-3969&volume=17&issue=4&spage=377|
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