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Manufacturing for overseas private labels: A win-win strategy for retailers and producers

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Abstract:

The study discusses the use of private labels, both for retailers and manufacturers, within the context of international markets. It is proposed that agreements between manufacturers and retailers from different markets may solve or mitigate some abiding frictions and serve the interest of both parties. Using data collected through 101 in-depth interviews among marketing managers, qualitative and quantitative procedures were used to explore producers' attitudes and behaviour in regard to agreements to manufacturing for overseas retailers' private labels. The study revealed that lower transaction costs, quicker penetration into new markets and retailers' reputations among customers are the dominant motivators while short-term strategy, appropriate mainly for grocery items, increases dependency on retailers and deters manufactures from contracting with overseas retailers' private labels. The study also found that gaps exist between manufacturers' perceptions and actual behaviour, mediated particularly by firm size and product categories. The findings, which reflect observed practice, are interpreted through theoretical propositions related to earlier studies. Managerial implications are provided.

Keywords: Retailers; brands; manufacturers; overseas agreements; private label

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09593960701189903

Affiliations: International Business Studies and Marketing Communication Program, Arison Business School, Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya, Israel

Publication date: May 1, 2007

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