Defining a retailer's channel strategy applied to young consumers

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Title: Defining a retailer's channel strategy applied to young consumers
Authors: Faultrier, Brigitte de
Boulay, Jacques
Feenstra, Florence
Muzellec, Laurent
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/6346
Date: 2014
Abstract: Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to develop an approach at defining a retail channel strategy applied to young consumers. Design/methodology/approach: The authors use a qualitative study that adopts the consumer perspective and employed an investigative channel-scan approach based on two scenarios applied to 12 retailers selling children's wear. The authors studied 139 flows between all the channels and explored the retailers’ child orientation. Findings: The paper revealed that the channel configuration and integration of retailers showed a diversity of approach leading us to distinguish eight different retail channel strategies. It also appears that there is limited evidence of a specific selling channels designed for children by retailers in selling products aimed at the child market. Research limitations/implications: This study contributes to the retail marking literature by showing evidence of child orientation in channel management. Nevertheless, the results show the need for future research to understand the causes and effects of channel child orientation and the way it contributes to the retail channel strategy. Practical implications: The findings have practical implications for retailers by providing a framework to help them in their decision-making regarding retail channel strategy. It also sheds new light on the contribution from young consumers in retail channel strategy. Originality/value: The contribution of this paper is to explore the combined perspective of configuration and integration of the channel-to-market as part of the retail channel strategy. The paper also provides evidence of child orientation in retail channel strategy when retailers selling products for children are concerned.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Emerald
Copyright (published version): 2014 Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Keywords: Retail channel strategy;Young consumer;Channel configuration;Channel integration;Children's wear
DOI: 10.1108/IJRDM-02-2014-0018
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Business Research Collection

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