Citation Larke R & Davies K (2007) Recent Changes in the Japanese Wholesale System and the Importance of the Sogo Shosha. International Review of Retail, Distribution and Consumer Research, 17 (4), pp. 377-390. https://doi.org/10.1080/09593960701507609
Abstract Interest in Japanese distribution as a field of academic study has waned in recent years, but there is a continuing concern with the activities of Japan’s general trading companies or Sogo Shosha. This research has concentrated largely on their function as international trade intermediaries but it has overlooked their role in the domestic economy. In recent years, the same Sogo Shosha have expanded their involvement in domestic distribution, in particular into food wholesaling, but more recently into retailing. The aim of this paper is to explore the extent of this involvement and to present an analysis of the reasons behind such a shift from both a managerial and a theoretical perspective. Further, we go on to look at the current and future consequences of such large, internationally powerful companies taking a significant share in domestic distribution in Japan.
Keywords Japan; trading companies; sogo shosha; wholesaling; distribution structure; channel strategy; Corporations, Japanese; Conglomerate corporations; Trading companies Japan
Journal International Review of Retail, Distribution and Consumer Research: Volume 17, Issue 4