Journal article

Problematising supermarket-supplier relations: dual perspectives of competition and fairness

Caron Beaton-Wells, Jo Paul-Taylor

GRIFFITH LAW REVIEW | ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2017

Abstract

The power asymmetry between major supermarket chains and suppliers in Australia and abroad has been analysed largely through an economic lens, focused predominantly on consumer prices. This article takes a wider stance, considering both the economic and the social perspectives that infuse debates relating to the supermarket treatment of their suppliers. The two perspectives are not, as they first appear, disconnected or in conflict. Rather, as with many socio-economic interactions, they are connected and interdependent. Applying a problematisation analysis, we explore the ways in which issues relating to the imbalance in bargaining power between major supermarkets and suppliers have been fra..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The research relevant to this article has been conducted for a project funded by the Australian Research Council and based at the University of Melbourne with collaborators, David Merrett, Jane Dixon and Christopher Arup, all of whom contributed in various ways to the data collection and analysis in this article.