A New Balance of Power Between Suppliers and Retailers in Finland

Xing Liu, Jyrki Niemi


The last twenty years has witnessed substantial changes in retailing across most European countries.
Private labels (PL) has become increasingly important strategic tool for European retailers to gain market share, loyalty of customers and reinforce the bargaining power toward suppliers and countervailing power against manufacturing brands. (Bonfrer and Chintagunta, 2004; Hansen et al., 2006; Groznik et. al. 2010 EU commission, 2011). The combination of recession and a retail food price spike during the last 5 years provides even more opportunity for PL growth as increasingly price-sensitive customers shift to PL alternatives.1(Volpe, 2011) According to statistics from Private Label Manufacturer Association (PLMA), the market share of PLs accounts for 17 to 48% of the groceries market in the EU in 2012.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.18461/pfsd.2014.1402

ISSN 2194-511X


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