Reaching 50 Million Nanostores: Retail Distribution in Emerging Megacities

E.E. Blanco, J.C. Fransoo

Research output: Working paperOther research output


With urbanization sprawling in emerging economies, retail opportunities abound. City structures, income distributions, and shopping patterns in emerging megacities are however very different from the ones we know from developed markets. One of the most dominant characteristics is the presence of millions of very small, family-owned and operated stores. We call these "nanostores". In this paper, we define and characterize these nanostores, and the associated logistics and channel strategies to reach them as the next opportunity in global retailing. We argue that structures and characteristics are fundamentally different of the developed economies organized big-box retail, and hence new research opportunities can be identified.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationEindhoven
PublisherTechnische Universiteit Eindhoven
Number of pages22
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameBETA Working Paper Series


Dive into the research topics of 'Reaching 50 Million Nanostores: Retail Distribution in Emerging Megacities'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this