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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Research Frontiers in Wholesale Distribution
Author(s): Quinn, Jim
Sparks, Leigh
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Keywords: Food industry and trade Case studies
Food Marketing Case studies
Wholesale trade
Grocery trade Case studies
Issue Date: Sep-2007
Date Deposited: 15-May-2009
Citation: Quinn J & Sparks L (2007) Research Frontiers in Wholesale Distribution (Editorial). International Review of Retail, Distribution and Consumer Research, 17 (4), pp. 303-311.
Abstract: First paragraph: Wholesaling is a distribution function that together with manufacturing and retailing forms part of a sector’s marketing channel. The EU defines wholesaling as involving firms: … exclusively or primarily engaged in the resale of goods in their own name to retailers or other wholesalers, to manufacturers and others for further processing, to professional users, including craftsmen, or to other major users. The goods can either be resold in the same condition or after the processing, treatment, packing or repacking usually carried out by the wholesale dealer. (European Commission 1990) Wholesale activities have remained an important activity in many economies, despite the significant transformation of commercial distribution and supply chain power relationships in the last half of the twentieth century. Wholesalers however, in some supply systems, appear to be under considerable threat and are perceived as operating declining businesses. Traditional wholesalers, as measured in standard industrial classifications, in many countries compete with supply chain focused organisations, which operate different business models but undertake many of the functions of wholesaling. There is thus some ambiguity about the status, parameters, measurement and even requirement for wholesale distribution.
DOI Link: 10.1080/09593960701505736
Rights: Published in The International Review of Retail, Distribution and Consumer Research by Taylor & Francis (Routledge).; This is an electronic version of an article published in The International Review of Retail, Distribution and Consumer Research, Special Issue: Research Frontiers in Wholesale Distribution, Volume 17, Issue 4, September 2007, pp. 303 - 311. The International Review of Retail, Distribution and Consumer Research is available online at:
Notes: Output Type: Editorial

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