MAGAZINE  №2 (97) April 2020


CATEGORY  Analysis in logistics and SCM Retail companies’ corporate logistics Distribution logistics Analytics and reviews



 Based on the analysis of statistical data, specialized industry sources as well as the opinions of experts in retail business, the article suggests the stages of Russian retail development over the past decade. Defining crisis and decisive points made it possible to bring into the light the boundaries of each stage. Characterizing the features and events of the period under consideration allowed to identify not only its key trends, but also the commonality of the activity directions of industry representatives. Understanding the conditions and trends in the country's retail industry allows us to determine the main measures for logistics and supply chain management transformation implemented by retail companies in Russia. Hence, the strategies used can be determined and defined, and the directions of further retailing development predicted.

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 Keywords:  retail  retail development  development strategies  trends  trends in retail  logistics in retail  multichannels  insourcing  retail format

Published in Distribution logistics

MAGAZINE №4 (81) August 2017


TSVEROV V.V. - Doc.of Ec. Sc., Professor, Department of Logistics and Marketing, Volga State University of Water Transport (Nizhny Novgorod, Russia)

VOLYGINA E.A. - Purchasing Manager, LLC «Soner» (Nizhny Novgorod, Russia)

CATEGORY  Outsourcing Analysis in logistics and SCM Transportation in logistics



The task of making decisions on the ownership form of vehicles (own, leased, hired) is a widespread practice with well-founded transport support of enterprises. Carrying out practical calculations on existing methods is hindered by the fact that a large number of factors should be taken into account, the significance of which can change within time in a high degree of probability (falling demand, new technologies development), as a result of which the solution may not be appropriate for the created conditions.
In this connection, it is required: to determine the whole range of factors that should be taken into account when deciding on the ownership form of transport means; the development of scientific and methodological approach to the decision-making on the task at hand, allowing, with acceptable labor input, to take into account all the important factors affecting the efficiency of the enterprise's activities insofar as it depends on the ownership form of the vehicles.
The article suggests the method of making decision on the form of transport means ownership in the transportation organization, allowing taking into account the influence of the entire spectrum of identified factors. As a methodological basis, it is proposed to use linguistic variables, through which each of the significant factors is evaluated, with methodological recommendations for determining their level.
The developed method of choosing between outsourcing or insourcing of cargo transportation: allows expanding the number of criteria used for decision-making, which are important for the enterprise, than to increase the validity of the choice of the form of ownership of vehicles for the transport of goods; does not require quantitative indicators of the work of the organization, allowing you to make a decision based on expert qualitative estimates, which greatly simplifies the task and allows you to solve it with relatively little effort.

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Published in Outsourcing

MAGAZINE №4 (75) August 2016


CATEGORY Sourcing 


In supply logictics one of the strategic objectives is to «Make or Buy» (MOB) decision. For example, a production company before entering into contracts with suppliers, must answer the question: Is not it more profitable to the company to produce individual components for the assembly of the finished product than to buy them from other companies. For traders, a similar problem can be solved, for example, in relation to the procurement of logistics services, as an alternative means of transport agent, is considered the acquisition and operation of their own cars. Thus, companies can achieve significant savings in operational costs and significantly improve the profitability of the business.

In carrying out various activities on their own, the cost structure of the company is a fairly wide range of calculation items, most of which does not depend on the activity of the company in the market. On the contrary, resorting to the services of intermediary companies, the number of elements of costs narrows considerably and most of them goes into the category of variables. This arrangement, on the one hand, allows you to focus on the quality of products and the most complete satisfaction of end users, but at the same time, leaving without due attention to the costly side of the issue and its impact on the profitability of the company.

In solving the problem «Make or buy», used a model «Total Cost of Ownership» (TCO), which in addition to the selling price of the supplier considered wholesale prices, terms of payment and the amount of transport costs, which in turn are determined depending on the type of transport. In addition, the total costs were taken into account marketing and transaction costs associated with the analysis of the market of goods and services, as well as the alignment of interaction with suppliers.

As a result of the calculations made in the article, it was shown that in spite of the generally accepted lately attractiveness of outsourcing, with sufficient scale and regularity of the business, expanding the list of functions and the implementation of additional activities, can have a positive impact on the economic results of the company.


Published in Sourcing


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