Australian beef supply chain integration: case studies of the two largest Australian supermarkets

Jie, F, Parton, K and Chan, C 2015, 'Australian beef supply chain integration: case studies of the two largest Australian supermarkets', International Journal of Supply Chain and Operations Resilience, vol. 1, no. 2, pp. 121-138.


Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Journal Articles

Title Australian beef supply chain integration: case studies of the two largest Australian supermarkets
Author(s) Jie, F
Parton, K
Chan, C
Year 2015
Journal name International Journal of Supply Chain and Operations Resilience
Volume number 1
Issue number 2
Start page 121
End page 138
Total pages 18
Publisher Inderscience
Abstract This paper examines the supply chain integration activities pursued by the two largest Australian supermarkets, Woolworths and Coles. Case study methods were adopted to analyse their beef supply chains. The research found that vertical integration enables retailers to have direct responsibility for managing the distribution processes. Supply chain innovation practices including strategic alliances, information sharing, information quality, trust and commitment contribute to the vertical integration. This study provides one of the few analyses of Australian food supply chains. The work complements other studies in the USA and UK, and reveals a different set of best practice principles in Australia. As the lean principle has been widely adopted in the Australian red meat industry, supplier relationships have a high level of buyer dependency. Forming strategic relationship among supply chain partners is critical for containing cost and maintaining operational effectiveness in the Australian beef supply chain.
Subject Logistics and Supply Chain Management
Keyword(s) integrated supply chains
information quality
strategic alliances
food industry
Australia
beef supply chains
supply chain management
SCM
supply chain integration
case studies
Australian supermarkets
Woolworths
Coles
vertical integration
information sharing
trust
commitment
food supply chains
lean principles
supplier relationships
buyer dependency
DOI - identifier 10.1504/IJSCOR.2015.069921
Copyright notice Copyright © 2015 Inderscience Enterprises Ltd.
ISSN 2052-8698
Additional Notes Author unable to supply accepted manuscript 27/11/2018 AK
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