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Type: Journal article
Title: Building producer loyalty in the Malaysian fresh milk supply chain
Author: Boniface, B.
Gyau, A.
Stringer, R.
Umberger, W.
Citation: Australasian Agribusiness Review, 2010; 18(5):66-84
Publisher: Agribusiness Association of Australia
Issue Date: 2010
ISSN: 1442-6951
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Bonaventure Boniface, Amos Gyau, Randy Stringer and Wendy Umberger
Abstract: This study contributes to the agribusiness supplier relationship management literature both empirically and theoretically. The paper presents results from a survey of 133 dairy producers in Malaysia, and paper identifies how Malaysian milk buyers can build a loyal customer base with their suppliers as a means to secure uninterrupted milk supplies. A structural equation model was conducted to test the conceptual model using AMOS 17.0 software. The results show that whereas timely and collaborative communication, price satisfaction and cultural fit influence positively suppliers contractual and competence trust in their buyers, power dependency negatively influences competence trust. Furthermore, suppliers trust in their buyers will eventually lead to loyalty. The principal implication is that milk processors and other buyers need to engage in collaborative communication with the dairy farmers to ensure continuous and uninterrupted supply.
Rights: Copyright for material published in the Journals is held jointly by the Australasian Agribusiness Association and by The University of Melbourne.
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