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Shopping benefits of the digitalization of physical stores and the moderating role of product type
(R2020-83798)

Published: September 16, 2020

AUTHORS

Nathalie Demoulin , IESEG SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT, LEM-CNRS (UMR 9221); Gwarlann De Kerviler, IESEG SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT LEM-CNRS (UMR 9221)

KEYWORDS

omni-channel retailing; channels integration; retail store digitalization

ABSTRACT

This research contributes to a better understanding of offline-online asymmetrical integration, defined as access to a larger online assortment in-store by enabling customers to order online while being in-store via kiosks or mobile devices. Even though channels integration is a key challenge for retailers, the effects of offline-online integration is still unclear. Through a series of three studies, we test and demonstrate that offline-online asymmetrical integration creates cross-channel synergies by increasing purchase intentions and by retaining customers at the focal retailer. In addition, we show that this effect is mediated through perceived service quality, convenience and assortment variety and is moderated by the type of goods (search versus experience good). As such, we contribute to the literature on channel integration by highlighting an effect of asymmetrical integration, which was lacking in this stream of research.