The International Review of Retail Distribution and Consumer Research Journal Impact Factor & Information

Publisher: University of Stirling. Institute for Retail Studies, Taylor & Francis (Routledge)

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The International Review of Retail, Distribution and Consumer Research is the only academic, fully refereed journal of its kind published from the UK. Launched in 1990 it has quickly developed a reputation for innovative and original research. The Review is international in scope and content, it publishes articles of a conceptual, theoretical and empirical nature.

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Website International Review of Retail Distribution & Consumer Research website
Other titles The International review of retail, distribution & consumer research, Retail, distribution and consumer research
ISSN 0959-3969
OCLC 23263421
Material type Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Journal / Magazine / Newspaper, Internet Resource

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    ABSTRACT: One day while in the store, Bernard grabs his usual Dominick's cream cheese off the shelf. I notice and point out that the national brand of Philadelphia cream cheese is on sale and less expensive. Bernard looks at the two products and actually hesitates for a while to switch to the national brand. His hesitation makes it clear that his preference is not based solely on price. (Chang Coupland 2005, 115).Recent research has proved the existence of interesting and significant interactions between consumer purchase behavior related to national brand promotions and private labels, traditionally investigated as separate phenomena. Following this path, our work investigates the behavior of consumers concerning the purchase of private labels and the purchase of national brands sold on monetary and non-monetary promotions. The empirical research has been conducted in Italy, a country with a relatively low, but increasing, penetration of private labels. A sample of consumers has been interviewed in person, and data were analyzed in three steps. First, a principal component analysis was run on the three behaviors of interest and their antecedent variables. Second, factors relative to the antecedents were regressed on the factors relative to the dependent variables. Finally, a cluster analysis was operated on the factors related to the three dependent variables to segment consumers. The cluster analysis shows four segments that can be grouped in two macro-segments: consumers who use and who do not use private labels. Since the second macro-segment is larger than the first (56% vs. 44%), retailers who want to improve the performance of their brands could work on their penetration, trying to attract the 56% of consumers who do not use them. As these consumers use sales promotions, monetary and non-monetary, retailers could develop original promotional strategies, specifically targeted to each segment. Avenues for future research include a multi-country survey and separate investigations of individual promotion techniques, which have shown very distinctive characteristics.
    The International Review of Retail Distribution and Consumer Research 08/2015; 25(4). DOI:10.1080/09593969.2015.1042494
  • The International Review of Retail Distribution and Consumer Research 07/2015; DOI:10.1080/09593969.2015.1050054
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    ABSTRACT: Retail purchasing groups consist of small, independent, specialised stores that join together and collaborate on purchasing and other areas. In comparison to large-scale corporate retail chains, often labelled mega-retailers, retail purchasing groups are based on collaborative external integration between a central unit and the independent, local dealers. The overall purpose of this research is to explore the specific characteristics that underscore a retail purchasing group. The paper has two research questions: (1) What are the strengths and weaknesses of a supply chain structure based on external integration? and (2) In what areas are the purchasing groups' ownership structure particularly advantageous in comparison to the mega-retailers' vertically integrated organisations? This exploratory research is empirically grounded in a case study of two Swedish purchasing groups. The paper argues that under certain market conditions, a decentralised supply chain, which relies on collaborative external relationships, can provide a competitive alternative to a more traditional centralised structure. The paper elaborate three areas where the structure is particularly advantageous: (1) service-based competition in an industry otherwise focused on cost leadership, (2) in-depth understanding of local conditions and presence and (3) the ability to incorporate entrepreneurial strengths and innovations in the supply chain.
    The International Review of Retail Distribution and Consumer Research 05/2015; 25(3). DOI:10.1080/09593969.2014.982679
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    ABSTRACT: Although mobile shopping (m-shopping) has become a popular alternative approach for purchasing goods around the world, research on m-shopping acceptance is still in its early stages and is restricted to specific countries. Moreover, this research is primarily based on data from samples that were collected by persons without m-shopping experience, in general, and, in particular, it has even missed the opportunity offered by Smartphones for this research. Considering that consumer's m-shopping behaviour is more and more stimulated by the use of Smartphones, this study contributes to the literature on that topic by exploring acceptance factors of consumers in Germany who have already experienced shopping using Smartphones. Using a modified technology acceptance model (TAM), the results show that, in addition to the traditional TAM factors, perceived enjoyment and trust in the m-vendor affect the consumer's intention to engage in m-shopping, which, in turn, determines m-shopping behaviour in general. Managerial and theoretical implications are discussed.
    The International Review of Retail Distribution and Consumer Research 05/2015; 25(3). DOI:10.1080/09593969.2014.988280
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    ABSTRACT: The number of modern food retailers such as supermarkets and hypermarkets has increased considerably in the Philippines. However, participation of foreign retailers has been limited since opening the retail sector to foreign investment in March 2000 through Republic Act 8762. The rapid expansion of the sector came mostly from a few large domestic food retail chains. This paper aims to examine the market structure of the modern retail food sector particularly the dominance of the large domestic retailers and their implications on supply chains notably, on small-scale food retailers and producers. Results show that dominance of a few large domestic retailers has continued despite liberalization as indicated by high concentration ratios (CRs). While CRs initially reduced within 5 years after liberalization, they eventually increased through joint ventures and buy out of foreign retailers. These are expected to increase further with the proliferation of stand-alone stores and convenience stores under joint ventures with foreign retailers and strategic partnerships with other large retail and property development firms. There is some evidence of displacement of small traditional retailers and only a few small suppliers to supermarkets succeeded, despite efforts of the government and non-government organizations to help them access modern food retailers. It is suggested that the review and subsequent amendment of RA 8762 should be expedited and studies conducted to examine further the effects of the dominance of large food retailers in the chain including the possibility of market power in the output and input markets.
    The International Review of Retail Distribution and Consumer Research 04/2015; 25(4):1-24. DOI:10.1080/09593969.2015.1023214
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    ABSTRACT: This paper investigates a new context which has not been studied by previous research, the product total stockout. This research can interest the distributor (or the seller) as well as the manufacturer of products. It helps in avoiding the causes of a total stockout and trying to satisfy consumers by adapting their marketing actions to consumer reactions toward food total stockout. This research proposes and validates a model explaining consumer behavior when anticipating a total stockout for a food product. An exploratory study developed the theoretical model. The quantitative validation of this model is achieved with a sample of 380 consumers, using the Structural Equation Model. Results show that total stockout anticipation is influenced by word-of-mouth and the perceived range assortment of the product. Consumer reactions in the case of a total stockout partially differ from those identified by past research on simple stockouts. For example, product stockpiling and product price acceptance appear as important reactions to a total stockout for a product. However, product substitution intention does not represent a consequence of this anticipation. This research is focused on one product (milk). This affects the possibility of generalizing results for other food product categories. It does not investigate moderating factors, which can be the object of future research.
    The International Review of Retail Distribution and Consumer Research 03/2015; 25(2). DOI:10.1080/09593969.2014.951675
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    ABSTRACT: Given the emergence of strong local retail firms in China over the last two decades, this paper aims to explore their competence enhancement and capability building process from the innovation perspective. Innovative measures on retail format, activity and governance dimensions of three leading local retailers in China are investigated using an in-depth case study approach. After each case is studied on the three dimensions, a cross-case analysis is conducted using thematic analysis to examine their innovative strategies and to explore their sources of innovation. The three cases share notable similarities in their strategies that are in sharp contrast to those of foreign retailers. On the retail format dimension, they have all achieved differentiation by formulating niche strategies and succeeded in creating a strong reputation among customers and retaining the same. On the retailing activities dimension, they have all developed a profit-making model through unique supply chain management and stressed construction of logistics centres and operational standardisation. On the governance dimension, they have established an efficient incentive and reward mechanism to motivate employees and encourage innovative practice. They have also built long-term collaborative relationships with their suppliers. Based on these three cases, it is also found that local embeddedness, latecomers' advantages, business agility and a risk taking entrepreneurial mentality are the crucial factors behind the generation of efficient innovations of China's local retailers. With these findings, this paper has extended and enriched existing knowledge on latecomers' catch up and service innovation. It has constructed an analytical framework for retail innovation by building on relevant attempts in the existing literature. A theoretical framework that explains how indigenous Chinese retailers have managed to successfully compete with foreign retailers in China using innovative strategies has also been established based on empirical data.
    The International Review of Retail Distribution and Consumer Research 03/2015; 25(2). DOI:10.1080/09593969.2014.982680
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    ABSTRACT: Economic nationalism has been identified as a critical component of nationalistic sentiment, influencing cognitions, attitudes, evaluation and purchase intentions. While a distinction is made between economic nationalism and other measures of national and international orientation (i.e. consumer ethnocentrism), previous empirical studies explore the concept in a ‘unified’ form. This study bridges this gap by developing a scale specifically tailored to measure consumer economic nationalistic tendencies. Scale generation, purification, validation and confirmation are achieved through four studies.
    The International Review of Retail Distribution and Consumer Research 03/2015; 25(3):1-19. DOI:10.1080/09593969.2015.1013488
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    ABSTRACT: Private label brands (PLBs) are an important facet of the retail offering within the supermarket sector. Although research has focused on the risk factors of private label purchasing, there has been little research that explores the brand management of private labels including the development of a brand personality. In this study, we investigate how the Aaker brand personality scale applies to a PLB available in two different retail chains and examine its effect on customer attitudes towards private label quality. A factor analysis of these brand personality measurement items shows that five dimensions, confidence (a new dimension), sincerity, ruggedness, excitement and competence are relevant for PLBs. Although much of the original Aaker scale was included in the analysis, one factor, sophistication, was not evident. A regression analysis shows that all private label personality dimensions influenced the private label quality measure with the confidence and sincerity dimensions having the greatest impact.
    The International Review of Retail Distribution and Consumer Research 03/2015; 25(4):1-17. DOI:10.1080/09593969.2015.1017772
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    ABSTRACT: This study attempts to investigate the relationships between promotion focus, prevention focus, impulsiveness, attitudinal loyalty and behavioural loyalty. Field survey data with multivariate statistical techniques tested the theoretical propositions. Results reveal that promotion focus positively influences impulsiveness, whereas prevention focus negatively influences impulsiveness. Promotion focus negatively influences both attitudinal loyalty and behavioural loyalty, whereas prevention focus positively influences both attitudinal loyalty and behavioural loyalty. Finally, impulsiveness has negative impacts on both attitudinal loyalty and behavioural loyalty. Implications for theory and practice, limitations and directions for future research are discussed.
    The International Review of Retail Distribution and Consumer Research 03/2015; 25(4):1-15. DOI:10.1080/09593969.2015.1017773
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    ABSTRACT: Consumer decision styles (CDS) are important for marketers because they determine consumer behaviours that are relatively stable over time and hence are useful for market segmentation. The study has confirmed the existence of the original US characteristics as well as put forward two new characteristics specific to the Indian context, namely, ‘dissatisfied shopping consciousness’ and ‘store loyal’. Thereafter, a multi-step cluster analysis was employed to classify the respondents into groups based on their CDS. Five homogeneous and distinct decision-making segments have been identified. In order to validate the cluster solutions, a K-means clustering procedure was performed by taking random initial seeds to set the cluster centres. The paper also seeks to investigate whether consumers’ innovativeness is associated with their CDS. The findings are discussed and recommendations are proffered for managers and future research.
    The International Review of Retail Distribution and Consumer Research 01/2015; 25(1). DOI:10.1080/09593969.2014.911199
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    ABSTRACT: This study uses a between-subjects experimental design to test the effect of two sales promotion formats (coupon versus markdown) with either high and low face values on consumer attitudes toward the deal, perceived product quality, and purchase intentions. The reputation of the retailer offering the deal is predicted to moderate the relationship between the promotional offer and consumer responses. Consumers perceive product quality to be higher when offered a high value coupon vs. markdown but there is no significant difference in perceived quality across promotion types when the promotion face value is low. When a deep price discount is offered by a retailer with a negative reputation, however, consumers have more favorable attitudes toward the deal and higher purchase intentions when provided with a markdown vs. coupon. Conversely, a high value coupon elicits more favorable evaluations than a markdown when the retailer has a positive reputation. When the value of the promotion is low and the retailer has a positive reputation, consumers have more positive deal attitudes and purchase intentions when offered a markdown vs. coupon. There is no significant difference in the effects of promotion type when the retailer has a negative reputation. The findings therefore establish retailer reputation as an important moderator of sales promotions effectiveness. This research is limited by the use of a single product category and a student sample. Process measures are also needed to validate the proposed theoretical conceptualization. The results provide managers insight into the type and value of the sales promotion to offer based on consumer perceptions of the retailer's reputation in the market.
    The International Review of Retail Distribution and Consumer Research 01/2015; 25(1). DOI:10.1080/09593969.2014.918047
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    ABSTRACT: In order for town centres to manage increased competition in retailing, cooperation between stakeholders in a strategic alliance has become more important. Typical stakeholders in such a strategic alliance are retailers, local authorities, and property owners. The importance of retailers and local authorities is well researched. However, the property owners' importance is not. The aim of this article is to uncover the perceived importance of property owners in a strategic alliance. This is a case study of a medium-sized town in which semi-structured interviews with different stakeholders were conducted. In the chosen town there is a town centre management alliance at work. The case studied shows a fragmented property owner market with no dominant property owner. Our study shows that the perception of the role of the property owner is crucial for town centre development. However, many property owners do not recognise their own significance for the town centre development. The main reasons for this opinion are that they do not consider themselves to have enough resources or the capability to influence the town development.
    The International Review of Retail Distribution and Consumer Research 12/2014; 25(2):1-17. DOI:10.1080/09593969.2014.949283
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    ABSTRACT: The article argues that well-established principles of urban design are highly relevant for retail management and applicable in regards to a much needed customer-centric turn in space management within retailing management. In particular, supermarkets, hypermarkets and larger retail chains are governed by a space management tradition that heavily draws on principles of utilitarianism and instrumental rationality. Yet, any physical retail space accommodates a separate and distinctive, but not independent, social space which must equally be addressed if attractive retail spaces are to be grasped, created and maintained. In fact, the standardized and repetitive design of many larger retail environments such as supermarkets appears to build on uncontested traditions of space management and tenacious myths about consumer behaviour and preferences that are challenged as urban design studies are consulted. In reference to current urban design research, the article concludes by suggesting five propositions and measurements for the customer-centric quality of retail spaces that take as a starting point the appreciation of the social space that any retail space management presupposes.
    The International Review of Retail Distribution and Consumer Research 12/2014; 25(2):1-19. DOI:10.1080/09593969.2014.951676