Beyond Promotion-Based Store Switching: Antecedents and Consequences of Systematic Multiple-Store Shopping
KUL Working Paper No. MO 0613
42 Pages Posted: 11 Jul 2005
Date Written: July 2007
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.
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
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