Roles of intermediaries in developing resilient systems: a community approach to food micro-producers

Hingley, Martin and Vilalta-perdomo, Eliseo Luis (2017) Roles of intermediaries in developing resilient systems: a community approach to food micro-producers. In: Global intermediation and logistics service providers. Advances in Logistics, Operations, and Management Science . IGI Global, pp. 43-63. ISBN 9781522521334


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This theoretical chapter discusses the role that intermediaries may play in direct distribution, supply
chains and supply networks. The first approach does not recognize benefits from striving for collaboration
and avoids intermediaries’ participation as much as possible. Conversely, the latter two emphasize the
creation of economic and efficiency values, through the alignment of goals and resources directed by
a stronger channel lead body. However, in the case of micro-producers, increasing these values is not
the only motivation; lifestyle or esteem factors may be, for example, more potent drivers. The research
extends multi-actor supply arrangements beyond chains and networks, by introducing the concept of
supply communities. This is illustrated through a vignette of a regional food marketing umbrella group
that plays an organizing role. Findings suggest intermediaries to act as triggers for collaboration. The
complementary nature of the community approach suggests a framework for micro-businesses to strengthen
their operations with existing traditional supply arrangements.

Keywords:supply chain, Logistics, small and micro-businesses
Subjects:N Business and Administrative studies > N530 Distribution
N Business and Administrative studies > N590 Marketing not elsewhere classified
Divisions:Lincoln International Business School
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Deposited On:01 Feb 2017 17:58

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