LogisticsModel of Food Vending in StreetMarket: The Case of Shilin NightMarket
Night markets are popular tourist attractions for foreign tourists and also are important places to eat out for local people. However, few studies discuss the logistics of food-and-drink vending in a street market. This article conducts in-depth interviews with street vendors and uses content analysis to propose a logistics model that comprises participants, facilities, process, and strategies. This article finds that street vendors customize products through postponement and attempt to overcome the restrictions of timely pressure and narrow space in a night market. Street vendors also create an advantage of making a different product through early supplier involvement in the product development process. Both vertical and horizontal collaborations occur among street vendors. They outsource waste disposal to contracted firms based on cost savings and professional skill. Furthermore, compared to normal high-volume manufacturers, street vendors easily collaborate with their neighbors to dispose of waste material. Finally, this article offers implications for practice.