Volume 54, Number 3, May-June 2020
|827 - 843
|20 March 2020
Store-brand introduction and production arrangement in the presence of multiple retailers
School of Business, Shaoxing University, 312000 Shaoxing, PR China
2 School of Economics and Management, Tongji University, 200092 Shanghai, PR China
* Corresponding author: firstname.lastname@example.org
Accepted: 14 March 2019
Store brands play an increasingly important role in retailing business, leading more and more retailers to introduce store brands. Abundant research focuses on competition between store brands and national brands and counterstrategies that national-brand manufacturers can take to counter store-brand introduction. A little research studies the store-brand production issue, however, all under single-retailer scenarios. To approach the real world, we employ game theory to model interaction between a national-brand manufacturer and multiple locally monopolist retailers, one of whom has capability and motivation to introduce a store brand. Five Stackelberg games are build and solved to investigate: how the presence of the non-store-brand retailers affects the store-brand retailer’s decision on and profitability in the store-brand introduction; how the store-brand retailer should arrange store-brand production; whether there is a win–win situation where both the store-brand retailer and the national-brand manufacturerare better off with the latter producing the store brand. Accordingly, our study offers a novel rationale for why so many, especially leading, national-brand manufacturers are involved in the store-brand production. Some useful managerial suggestions are proposed on the store-brand introduction and production arrangement.
Mathematics Subject Classification: 90-XX
Key words: Game theory / private label / production outsourcing / supply chain management
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