The Ethics of Slotting: Is this Bribery, Facilitation Marketing or Just Plain Competition?

@article{Aalberts1999TheEO,
  title={The Ethics of Slotting: Is this Bribery, Facilitation Marketing or Just Plain Competition?},
  author={Robert J. Aalberts and Marianne M. Jennings},
  journal={Journal of Business Ethics},
  year={1999},
  volume={20},
  pages={207-215}
}
The practice of manufacturers' payments of fees to retailers for the display and sale of their products has become a common practice. In the grocery retail business, the fees paid by manufacturers are called slotting fees, or a payment made for a slot on the shelf. The same practice is used now in the retail book industry. Large book chains command high fees from publishers for the prominent display of books. Entrepreneur's products are often precluded from stores and markets because slotting… 
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