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Buyer Intermediation in Supplier Finance 

Date: 12/2018 Author(s): Tunca, Tunay; Zhu, Weiming Document type: Article in Journal (refereed) Small suppliers often face challenges to obtain financing for their operations. Especially in developing economies, traditional financing methods can be very costly or unavailable to such suppliers. In order to reduce channel costs, in recent years large buyers started to implement their own financing methods that intermediate between suppliers and ... More information Read related article

The Alibaba Effect: Spatial Consumption Inequality And The Welfare Gains From e-Commerce 

Date: 09/2018 Author(s): Fan, Jingting; Tang, L.; Zhu, Weiming; Zou, Ben Document type: Article in Journal (refereed) Domestic trade costs reduce aggregate welfare and result in worse access to consumption goods in small and remote cities. As a new trade technology, e-commerce can increase inter-city trade and alleviate spatial consumption inequality because it (1) eliminates the fixed cost of market entry, and (2) reduces the effects of distance on trade costs. Using ... More information Read related article

Improving Channel Efficiency Through Financial Guarantees by Large Supply Chain Participants 

Date: 21/12/2017 Author(s): Tunca, Tunay; Zhu, Weiming Document type: Article in Journal (refereed) In supply chains where there is a smaller channel partner with tight budget constraints, flow of materials, products and cash through the channel can suffer significantly, and as a result, all supply chain participants can be hurt. In order to remedy this problem, in recent years, some larger companies have been implementing innovative contracting ... More information
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