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(Revised April 1987)
Specialties vs. Commodities: The Battle for Profit Margins
Explains the differences between commodities and specialties and defines four different types of specialty products. The analysis is customer oriented. Special attention is given to the distinctions between functions (product- ) and relationship (vendor-oriented) specialties and to the degradation of those specialty markets to commodities.
Keywords: Goods and Commodities;