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The researcher faced significant time and cost constraints which limited the scope ofthe study. The study limited itself to supermarkets that are concentrated within NairobiCounty; it would have been more useful if the researcher collected data in anothertown outside Nairobi County in order to have some comparative findings and to drawconclusive results.5.6 Suggestions for Further ResearchFuture researchers might consider investigating the impact of IT used on inventorymanagement performance in large supermarkets in Kenya like Nakumatt, Naivas,Tuskys, Uchumi and Ukwala. This is because their level of adoption andimplementation of information technology is relatively high as compared to othercategories of supermarkets in Nairobi. The findings obtained in this study might beused to make a comparison with all the supermarkets in Kenya.This study was limited to Nairobi County; a similar study should be conducted inother counties across the country to establish the extent of adoption of IT in inventorymanagement and how it contributes to improved performance of supermarkets. Thiswill provide a platform to compare and identify areas of weaknesses and thusrecommend areas of improvement.43
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