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25.12.2019 - 25.12.2019

Faculty of Business Seminar Series / Müge Tekin

Özyeğin Üniversitesi
Orman Sk
Nişantepe Mahallesi, Çekmeköy, İstanbul 34794

Tarih: 25 Aralık 2019 - Çarşamba

Saat: 13:30-15:00

Yer: AB2, Toplantı Odası: 345


Title: Competitive-intelligence from public data: The service facility location problem

Abstract: Facility location is one of the most important strategic decisions for a firm. In many contexts it is an
irrevocable decision, affecting profits and operations for many years in the future, and usually
involves a large fixed cost for setting up the facility. Firms therefore evaluate many sites and
consider the decision to locate very carefully. In this paper we consider the location problem for
retail service facilities, that is consumer-facing storefronts that provide a service and compete with
existing facilities to some degree or the other. The problem is challenging for the following reasons:
(i) The models require estimates of how demand will expand and shift when we locate a new
facility, but the firm, since it has not yet started operations, has no historical demand of its own, and
demand, costs and profits for the existing, competing, retail facilities is almost never available,
simply because they are owned by competitors. (ii) Future competitive entry (and also exits of
incumbents) may affect the firm’s revenues profoundly, and hence the decision on whether and
where to locate. For instance the most profitable location may also be the most vulnerable to new
entry and not the best decision. In this paper, we model competitive entry and exit and tackle the
estimation challenge based only on public data (thus avoiding the data access problem). We apply
the model to a service industry as an example, specifically the restaurant industry. Our estimation is
based only on public data, addressing the data-availability issue.