Quotation Teller, Christoph, Holweg, Christina, Reiner, Gerald, Kotzab, Herbert. 2018. Retail store operations and food waste. Journal of Cleaner Production. 185 981-997.




This paper focuses on the issue of food waste from a retail and store operations perspective, with the aim to identify the root causes of food waste occurrence at a retail store level across different store formats and product categories. To achieve this, we first conducted case studies, including semi-structured interviews with store managers. This exploratory research involved 28 cases across dominant retail store formats (i.e., super- and hypermarkets and discount and convenience stores). The results along with secondary data research underlie a process simulation modeling approach that quantifies the impact of selected root causes of food waste by considering the dependencies between them. Finally, we conducted semi-structured interviews with 12 food waste experts to confirm findings of the case studies and simulations and to delineate the practical implications of our research and the related solutions. Our findings show that the root causes of food waste are related to undesirable customer behavior and erratic demand, inefficient store operations and replenishment policies, and elevated product (quality) requirements of both retail organizations and customers. Root causes and their impacts differ across store formats and product categories. Furthermore, the interdependencies between the root causes in the different spheres of responsibility and influence (i.e., customers, the store, and the parent organization) are evident. The paper contributes to the literature by providing detailed understanding of retail operations related to the occurrence of food waste across store formats at a product-category level and revealing pathways for preventing and reducing the occurrence of food waste at a retail store level.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Journal of Cleaner Production
Citation Index SCI
WU-Journal-Rating new FIN-A, INF-A, STRAT-B, WH-B
Language English
Title Retail store operations and food waste
Volume 185
Year 2018
Page from 981
Page to 997
Reviewed? Y
URL https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0959652618306127?via%3Dihub
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2018.02.280
Open Access N


Teller, Christoph (Former researcher)
Holweg, Christina (Details)
Reiner, Gerald (Details)
Kotzab, Herbert (Former researcher)
Institute for Retailing & Data Science IN (Details)
Institute for Production Management IN (Details)
Research areas (Ă–STAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5300 Economics (Details)
5307 Business and management economics (Details)
5320 Marketing (Details)
5363 Non-profit-sector research (NPO, NPI) (Details)
5407 Ethics and social sciences (Details)
5427 Poverty research, social exclusion (Details)
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