Title: Retailer private-label margins: The role of supplier and quality-tier differentiation
Authors: ter Braak, Anne ×
Dekimpe, Marnik
Geyskens, Inge #
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: American Marketing Association
Series Title: Journal of Marketing vol:77 issue:4 pages:86-103
Abstract: The authors show how new realities in the private-label (PL) landscape, including differential PL-sourcing
relationships and differentiated, three-tiered PL portfolios, affect the gross margins that retailers realize on their PLs. In addition, they examine the moderating role of the identity of the PL supplier (dual brander vs. dedicated supplier). Retailer PL margins are lower for stockkeeping units from PL suppliers with whom the retailer shares a more intense relationship, as reflected in their relationship breadth and depth, but this negative effect can be countered through multisourcing. Building prolonged relationships with PL suppliers also results in lower retailer PL margins, but only for more national brand-oriented suppliers. Dedicated PL suppliers have little to gain by building long-term retailer relationships, but they are less vulnerable to the retailer's practice of multisourcing than dual branders. Although economy PLs may appeal to conventional supermarkets to keep (hard) discounters at bay, they result in lower margins (percentage-wise and absolute) than the standard PLs they cannibalize. Premium PLs, in turn, offer the retailer a higher margin, but only when produced by suppliers with a sufficient extent of national brand focus. iHowever, the higher promotional support often given to premium PLs tends to mitigate the actual margin advantage.
ISSN: 0022-2429
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Research Centre for Marketing and Consumer Science, Leuven
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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