‘You can’t bite the hand that feeds you’: Contracts between SME suppliers and the large supermarkets
reads 10,282Marlese von Broembsen on 9 May 2017
This article examines the implications of the contracts between the four main South African supermarkets and their SME suppliers. Supermarkets’ procurement practices, in particular their practice of charging suppliers a substantial ‘rebate commission’ as well as requiring suppliers to comply with private, rather than public, production and health standards, have a significant impact on the ability of new SME suppliers to enter the market and to create jobs. This has important policy implications.