B2C smart retailing: A consumer-focused value-based analysis of interactions and synergies

Vrontis, Demetris and Thrassou, Alkis and Amirkhanpour, Monaliz (2016) B2C smart retailing: A consumer-focused value-based analysis of interactions and synergies. Technological Forecasting and Social Change. ISSN 00401625 (In Press)

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Abstract

The paper transcends the simply functional and oligo-dimensional approach to smart retailing, in order to provide a comprehensive, value-based analysis of its B2C relationship. Methodologically, it is a theoretically developed conceptual work, refined through qualitative primary research. Specifically, combining narrative and meta-synthetic literature analyses with interviews it undertakes an extensive theoretical review on the subject and its peripheral and contextual factors; it identifies the value categories and individual elements, which explicitly or implicitly define the smart retailing B2C relationships and synergies; and prescriptively incorporates all into a single, provisional, value-based, multi-dimensional framework for B2C smart retailing. The findings give rise to ‘value’ as superior means of understanding the smart retailing B2C relationship and as the ultimate ends on both sides of the relationship; both largely consequent to the changing underlying contemporary business and consumer motivators. Additionally, smart retailing ‘soft value’ manifestations are delineated and proposed as particular sources of retailers' lasting and inimitable competitive advantages; while smart retailing itself is found to have outgrown its traditional role to become a holistic strategic approach to the retailing business.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Smart retailing; Digital marketing; Mobile marketing; Smart B2C interactions; Consumer; Value
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5001 Business > HF5428 Retail Trade
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > Business School > Business and Human Resource Management
Research Priority Areas: Applied Business Research
Depositing User: Anne Pengelly
Date Deposited: 11 Jan 2017 11:32
Last Modified: 16 May 2017 18:25
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/4165

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