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THE SPATIAL PATTERNS OF SELLERS’ MOVEMENT IN THE WEEKLY MARKETS OF AL-HASS QASIS

Auther : Dr. Mohammed T.H. Al-Yousef

 

Despite the existence of a great number of periodic market studies, a few have dealt with the spatial behavior and patterns of seller’s movement in these markets.  Those who studied spatial patterns have not attempted to relate these patterns to some of their influencing factors.  In addition, most of these studies are about periodic markets in African and Asian countries.  A noticeable shortage of research in this area does exist in the Arab countries in general and in Saudi Arabia in particular.

           The main objective of this study is to describe and analyze the spatial patterns of the seller’s movement in the weekly markets of Al-Hasa oasis.  It also aims at determining the factors that affect these patterns.  To achieve these objectives, a conceptual framework was developed and a number of hypotheses were formulated.  To test these hypotheses, a field survey was conducted and data were collected from a representative sample of sellers in these weekly markets.

           The results generally support the research hypotheses.  It has been found that there are significant relationship between the number of markets attended weekly by the sellers and four major variables.  These variables are: the age of sellers, their period of selling in the markets, the demand on the seller’s time and the types of goods sold by the sellers in these markets.  Most of the sellers have very little education, therefore, the level of education did not have a significant relationship with the number of markets visited weekly by the seller.

           The analysis of the spatial patterns of the sellers’ movements indicates that these patterns are belonging to what is known in the literature as ‘the daily selling trip’.  In this trip the seller moves from his place of residence to the periodic market place and returns to his residence in the same day.  The shapes of these patterns were influenced generally by two main factors.  These two factors are: The number of markets visited weekly by the seller, and the location of seller’s residence with respect to the locations of these markets.  Considering these two factors, one is able to distinguish between two types of spatial patterns, radical spatial patterns and semi-radial spatial patterns.  These two types of spatial patterns are influenced in their details by the types of goods sold by the sellers in the weekly markets.

           The result of this study also indicates that there are a number of factors that influence the sellers’ choice of the periodic markets.  The most important one among these factors is the habit of visitation that has been developed by the seller towards specific markets.  Finally, the study suggests some future research directions that include studies related to shopping behavior of consumers in Al-Haas weekly markets.

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