Investigating consumers' path to showrooming: a perceived value-based perspective

Rajkumar, Narasimhan, Vishwakarma, Pankaj and Gangwani, Kishore Kumar (2021) Investigating consumers' path to showrooming: a perceived value-based perspective. International Journal of Retail and Distribution Management, 49 (2). pp. 299-316. ISSN 09590552

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Purpose: Grounded on the concept of a value trade-off, the authors of this study seek to address the question of why some people visit an offline store before purchasing online. The authors offer a novel perspective by identifying and describing the perceived value drivers (benefits and sacrifices) associated with showrooming in the context of the branded apparel segment.

Design/methodology/approach: Data collected from 318 showrooming customers were analysed in the context of the proposed perceived value framework using the structural equation modelling method.

Findings: The results showed that enhanced product evaluation, monetary savings, smart shopper feelings and perceived enjoyment (positively) and search costs and online risk (negatively) influenced consumers' showrooming value perceptions as benefits and sacrifices associated with showrooming. Only perceived consumption delay emerged as insignificant. As expected, perceived showrooming value was identified as an important driver of showrooming intentions.

Research limitations/implications: The application of this paper's findings is limited to the branded apparel segment. The model can be tested in other sectors with a larger sample size to gain deeper insights.

Practical implications: The findings can be utilized by brick-and-mortar retailers to retain showrooming customers.

Originality/value: The authors of the current research work contribute to a better understanding of showrooming by adopting a perceived-value-based perspective, which offers an alternative yet effective route for understanding showrooming.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Apparel | Benefits | Perceived value | Sacrifices | Showrooming
Subjects: Social Sciences and humanities > Business, Management and Accounting > General Management
Social Sciences and humanities > Business, Management and Accounting > Marketing
JGU School/Centre: Jindal Global Business School
Depositing User: Mr. Syed Anas
Date Deposited: 22 Dec 2021 07:25
Last Modified: 22 Dec 2021 07:25
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