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Spillover effects of foreign hypermarkets on domestic suppliers in Malaysia


Kaliappan, Shivee Ranjanee and Alavi, Rokiah and Abdullah, Kalthom and Zakaullah, Muhammad Arif (2009) Spillover effects of foreign hypermarkets on domestic suppliers in Malaysia. International Journal of Retail and Distribution Management, 37 (3). 226 - 249. ISSN 0959-0552


Since the mid-1990s, there has been a rapid expansion of large-scale foreign retailers in many countries across Southeast Asia, Central Europe and Latin America. This emerging trend has triggered a number of research interests on the issue of retail globalization. The research aims to consider the entry of foreign hypermarkets in Malaysia and their impact on the development and growth of domestic suppliers and manufacturers. This study uses both primary and secondary data. Secondary data were drawn from industry sources which included government departments, economic reports, retailing magazines and companies, web sites. Meanwhile, primary data are collected using mail survey questionnaire and face-to-face interviews. The findings of this study indicate that foreign hypermarkets play a very important role in the development and growth of the domestic suppliers via backward linkages. The main forms of linkages are product supply, informational linkages, assistance with inventory management, technical support and quality assurance and procurement systems. A majority of the firms indicated that they benefited substantially from the presence of foreign hypermarkets; however, they also face several challenges brought about by imposition of several unfair terms and procurement policy. The findings are largely derived from the experience encountered by domestic firms who participated in the survey. Thus, it is believed that their views could definitely help all the parties including the policymakers and researchers to better understand the impact of foreign hypermarkets on local businesses and take appropriate policy measures.

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Item Type: Article
Subject: Retailing.
Subject: Retail trader - Malaysia.
Subject: Hypermarkets - Malaysia.
Divisions: Faculty of Economics and Management
DOI Number: https://doi.org/10.1108/09590550910941508
Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Keywords: Retailing; Globalization; Hypermarkets; Malaysia.
Depositing User: Emelda Mohd Hamid
Date Deposited: 04 Jun 2013 03:11
Last Modified: 28 Sep 2015 02:50
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URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/16814
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