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Supply chain risk management and operational performance in the food retail industry in Zimbabwe

Le-roy T. Mutekwe, Chengedzai Mafini, Elizabeth Chinomona
Acta Commercii | Vol 20, No 1 | a863 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ac.v20i1.863 | © 2020 Le-roy T. Mutekwe, Chengedzai Mafini, Elizabeth Chinomona | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 15 April 2020 | Published: 09 December 2020

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Le-roy T. Mutekwe, Department of Logistics, Faculty of Management Sciences, Vaal University of Technology, Vanderbijlpark, South Africa
Chengedzai Mafini, Department of Logistics, Faculty of Management Sciences, Vaal University of Technology, Vanderbijlpark, South Africa
Elizabeth Chinomona, Department of Logistics, Faculty of Management Sciences, Vaal University of Technology, Vanderbijlpark, South Africa


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Abstract

Orientation: Supply chain risk management in the Zimbabwean business context is under researched, presenting numerous opportunities for further empirical investigations. This article is an attempt to address manifest research gaps in this area, using the food retail environment as a practical case.

Research purpose: To investigate the nexus between supply chain risk management and operational performance in the food retail industry in Zimbabwe.

Motivation for the study: The food retail industry in Zimbabwe faces numerous supply chain risks, as most of the products sold are imported. It is essential to understand how the management of these supply chain risks impacts the operational performance of firms.

Research approach, design and method: The study employed a quantitative survey design, using a sample of 227 food retail firm managers and supply chain professionals based in Harare. The collected data were analysed using structural equation modelling.

Main findings: The results of the study showed significant positive relationships between supply chain risk management and risk information sharing and risk analysis and assessment. Further significant positive relationships were observed between risk analysis and assessment and risk-sharing mechanisms. In turn, risk-sharing mechanisms significantly predicted operational performance. However, no significant direct relationship was observed between supply chain risk management and operational performance.

Practical/managerial implications: The study demonstrates that the operational performance of food retailing firms can be improved significantly through the institutionalisation of the mediating variables (risk information sharing, risk analysis and assessment, risk-sharing mechanisms) considered in this study. Management in the food retail industry may use the results of this study as a problem-solving framework for addressing operational constraints.

Contributions/value-add: The study provides information that aids in the understanding of supply chain risk management, risk information sharing, risk analysis and assessment, risk-sharing mechanisms and operational performance, as well as the connection between them in a food retail context.


Keywords

supply chain risk management; operational performance; supply chain risk information sharing; supply chain risk analysis and assessment; supply chain risk-sharing mechanism

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