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  • Leveraging logistics core competence for competitive advantage in commodity markets: A New Zealand case study.

    Peko, Gabrielle; Ahmed, D (2011)

    Journal article
    The University of Auckland Library

    Recent literature suggests that an organisation, in certain situations, can use simultaneously a low cost and a product differentiation strategic approach to build a core competence for long term competitive advantage. This view challenges Michael Porter's popular strategic concept of gaining a structural competitive advantage by becoming a cost leader or differentiator but not both. The research investigates the strategic approach of the New Zealand based operation of a global undifferentiated product processing company in the petrochemical industry. It concludes that both a low cost strategy and effective management of logistics differentiates the company's undifferentiated product. The low cost - logistics differentiation approach provides higher levels of service that leads to better customer satisfaction and penetration of the wider market. This paper posits the usage of logistics as a core competence to differentiate an undifferentiated commodity product for competitive advantage.

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