The Zambia Institute for Policy Analysis and Research (ZIPAR) recently published its report on supermarket chains and the implications for local suppliers in Zambia.
The last two decades have seen rapid economic growth in Zambia and the proliferation of foreign supermarket chain stores. However, this growth has translated into neither significant job creation nor significant poverty reduction. Furthermore, while the expansion of supermarket chains in Zambia has continued, local processing firms’ participation in supermarket value chains remains limited. This paper assesses the hindrances to local processing firms’ participation in supermarket value chains and how those firms’ participation might stimulate growth through regional trade. Our results show that local processing firms’ participation in regional supermarket value chains is constrained by a number of factors that pose either strategic or structural barriers to entry.
Read the full report by downloading: ZIPAR Report on The Expansion of Regional Supermarket Chains: Implications for local suppliers in Zambia.