Beyond Promotion-Based Store Switching: Antecedents and Consequences of Systematic Multiple-Store Shopping
Tilburg University - Center for Economic Research (CentER)
KU Leuven - Faculty of Business and Economics (FEB)
University of Antwerp - Faculty of Applied Economics
KUL Working Paper No. MO 0613
In this paper, we demonstrate both theoretically and empirically that single-purpose multiple store shopping is not only driven by opportunistic, promotion-based motivations, but may also result from a longer term planning process based on stable store characteristics. We find that consumers may systematically visit multiple stores to take advantage of two types of store complementarity. In the case of 'fixed cost complementarity', consumers alternate visits to high and low fixed cost stores to balance transportation and holding costs against acquisition costs. 'Category preference complementarity' occurs when different stores offer the best value for different product categories, and may induce consumers to visit these stores together on combined shopping trips. In both cases, multiple store shopping leads to a shift from share-of-customers to share-of-wallet retail competition.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 42
Keywords: Multiple store shopping, Spatial competition, Store choice, Planning, Processes, Characteristics, Complementarity, Cost; Costs, Category, Preference, Value, Product, Shopping trip, Competition, Choice, Patterns
JEL Classification: M31
Date posted: July 11, 2005
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