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Value Attenuation and Retail Out-of-Stocks : A Service-Dominant Logic Perspective

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version abrégée Purpose – Addresses the effects of retail out-of-stocks from a Service-Dominant (S-D) logic view.

Design/methodology/approach – Conceptual, combining classic S-D logic research with recent research of S-D logic in supply chains, and applying this to out-of-stocks in a retail setting of fast-moving consumer goods.

Findings – This article unveils out-of-stocks as emergent operant resources that alter and attenuate value creation across manufacturers, retailers, shoppers, users and their networks. It develops a model of value co-creation where manufacturer supply and shopper/user demand meet in the retailer’s realm. Differentiating between shopper and user in a sequential model of value creation, it identifies the shopper as an active entity whose response to out-of-stocks redistributes value within the retail service ecosystem. An additional model is developed that illustrates the novel costs of an out-of-stock as uncovered by the S-D logic perspective, allowing retailers and manufacturers to align their interests in improving on-shelf availability.

Research limitations/implications – Moving distribution thought and management towards a goal of service provision, this article suggests three logistics research possibilities: retailer-manufacturer misalignment, spatio-temporal supply-demand mismatch, and shopper-user interaction.

Practical implications – This article shows how the S-D perspective can bring previously misaligned incentives of supply chain actors into alignment. Previous goods-dominant research showed little common ground for manufacturers and retailers to jointly improve on-shelf availability. The S-D logic view demonstrates compelling rationale for both parties’ involvement.

Originality/value – Extends S-D logic literature by considering value attenuation through failures in physical distribution and logistics management, adding that non-availability causes operand resources to become operant and attenuate/redistribute value. Extends the out-of-stock literature by providing a theoretical foundation, and by showing the ecosystem effects of out-of-stocks.
   
Genre Journal paper
   
mot-clé Service-Dominant logic, value attenuation, on-shelf availability
   
Projet Demand-based on-shelf availability
langue English
kind of paper journal article
date de sortie de la publication 7-2-2014
journal International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management
maison d'édition Emerald Group Publishing Limited (Bingley UK)
ISSN 0960-0035
émission du journal 44
numéro du journal forthcoming
page(s) 99-99
Review Double-Blind Review
   
profile area SoM - Business Innovation
citation Ehrenthal, J. C., Gruen, T. W., & Hofstetter, J. S. (2014). Value Attenuation and Retail Out-of-Stocks: A Service-Dominant Logic Perspective. International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management, 44(forthcoming), 99-99.