Supply chain complexity management – an industry perspective

Patrick Freinberger, Markus Gerschberger, Fredrik Nilsson, Lisa Förster

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The competitive pressure on grocery retailers is increasing. Higher number of product variants and store brands, e-commerce and digitization, increasing customer awareness for local products and globalization are just a few examples of the increasing complexity in this industry. According to several studies, supply chain complexity (SCC) is a growing trend and therefore its management is essential for companies to be successful. As part of companies´ supply chain management processes, SCC management plays a major role. The main purpose of this paper is to provide insights into the management of SCC within the grocery industry. With only four major players, generating nearly 80% of the industry´s turnover, this industry is an ideal example to investigate SCC not only from a company level, but also taking into account industry-related considerations. By doing so, we firstly want to address the question, whether SCC can have positive and negative effects on performance – given certain circumstances - to make delineations about an optimal/desired level of SCC. Secondly, a SCC index will be developed based on the Austrian grocery industry that helps to assess different SCC levels. Merging these two aspects will guide as a vital constituent of SCC management efforts for companies.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCSCMP 2018
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 2018
EventCSCMP 2018, Nashville - Nashville, United States
Duration: 29 Sept 201830 Sept 2018


ConferenceCSCMP 2018, Nashville
Country/TerritoryUnited States
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  • supply chain complexity
  • supply chain performance
  • strategic orientation


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