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Special Issue "How Retailers Could Contribute to Sustainable Development"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Economic, Business and Management Aspects of Sustainability".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 May 2018

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Grażyna Śmigielska

Cracow University of Economics, Poland
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Phone: +48-501-363-903
Interests: retailing; competitive advantage; sustainability; corporate social responsibility

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The aim of this Special Issue is to show that, in the contemporary economy, retailers could significantly contribute to sustainable development. Such an approach, from the industry point-of-view, is taken as large multinational companies, operating in many countries and managing supply chains, are so powerful that they often indicate how goods should by manufactured, as well as are able to shape consumer preferences. Although their impact on the environment is not as bad as other industries, e.g., chemicals, they still could do a great deal to reduce the emission of CO2 and waste, while at the same time reducing costs (eco-efficiency). Retailers could also promote sustainable consumption by offering sustainable products (also own brand) and information campaigns; sustainable production by responsible procurement policies; contribute to the careers of women (who make up the majority of sales forces in retail) and to make men and women more equal, and so on. Conceptual and empirical research on these topics, from emerging economies, well-developed countries, as well as comparative studies of these problems in well- and less-developed countries, is welcomed. Work can be located, e.g., in the theories of competitive advantage development, institutional, and internationalization of retail activities, as well as the development of CSR concepts.

Prof. Dr. Grażyna Śmigielska
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • sustainable development;

  • retail companies;

  • sustainable own brand products;

  • eco-efficiency;

  • competitive advantage;

  • sustainable consumption;

  • procurement policy;

  • women’s rights

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Open AccessArticle Retailer’s Procurement Strategy under Endogenous Supply Stability
Sustainability 2017, 9(12), 2261; doi:10.3390/su9122261
Received: 9 November 2017 / Revised: 4 December 2017 / Accepted: 4 December 2017 / Published: 7 December 2017
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In this paper, a dynamic model is presented to study retailer’s procurement strategy when supply stability is endogenously determined. The optimal supply stability as well as the optimal purchasing strategy are characterized with a quadratic cost function. Based on these models, the following
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In this paper, a dynamic model is presented to study retailer’s procurement strategy when supply stability is endogenously determined. The optimal supply stability as well as the optimal purchasing strategy are characterized with a quadratic cost function. Based on these models, the following findings are brought about. Firstly, when the difficulty level of building supply stability exceeds a certain threshold, it would be more profitable for the retailer to choose a less reliable supplier. Secondly, given that the suppliers can get positive profit, the retailer would choose the one who has the strongest ability to be reliable. Thirdly, the equilibrium supply to the retailer would always meet the demand on the retailing market. Finally, emergency procurement is shown to be an effective way to reduce the risk of supply chain disruptions. To better fit the real situations, an extended model which considers the impact of the stability on costs is further discussed. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue How Retailers Could Contribute to Sustainable Development)
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Open AccessArticle Jatropha Suppliers as Contributors to the Sustainability of the Production of Bioelectricity in Ecuador
Sustainability 2017, 9(11), 1946; doi:10.3390/su9111946
Received: 13 August 2017 / Revised: 21 October 2017 / Accepted: 22 October 2017 / Published: 26 October 2017
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The “Jatropha for Galápagos” (JFG) project in Ecuador aims to progressively replace diesel with jatropha oil in the generation of electricity in The Galápagos Islands. Thus, understanding and motivating the participation of jatropha suppliers is a priority for the sustainability of JFG. For
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The “Jatropha for Galápagos” (JFG) project in Ecuador aims to progressively replace diesel with jatropha oil in the generation of electricity in The Galápagos Islands. Thus, understanding and motivating the participation of jatropha suppliers is a priority for the sustainability of JFG. For this reason, the factors influencing their decision-making to participate in the project have been identified and analyzed using a binomial logit model. The results show that factors found to positively influence the likelihood of participation include, amongst others, the supplier’s experience within the project, their participation in local organizations, and the degree of satisfaction with the price of jatropha oil. In addition, children from producer families’ collaboration in the harvest of jatropha increases the overall likelihood of participation within the project. Similarly, the distance to the collection center positively influences the chances of participation. Conversely, those suppliers with higher wages and those who declared that jatropha harvest starts in April have a reduced likelihood of participating in the project. The findings obtained from this project can help decision-makers develop new measures to improve the sustainability of the project through initiatives to motivate the participation of jatropha suppliers in the program. Full article
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