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Sustainable Development in Retailing: What is the Impact on Store Choice?

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abstract Sustainability is gaining ground in the food retail industry. But empirical studies on sustainable development in retailing are rare when it comes to highlighting the customer’s perspective. This paper investigates the impact of sustainability initiatives on store choice. We report from a web-based conjoint experiment with 153 customers from Austria, Germany and Switzerland and investigate 1,224 choice-decisions conducted between June and October 2009. We find that sustainability is more than a soft topic and has a hard impact on customers’ store choice. In particular we show that price is not of paramount importance when it comes to store choice and if retailers consider different sustainability measures, they can positively impact store choice. We propose that retailers incorporate matters of sustainability in general management and performance oriented management. Further, more detailed implications apply.
   
type journal paper
   
keywords Sustainable development, Retailing, Store choice, Customers
   
language English
kind of paper journal article
date of appearance 3-2013
journal Business Strategy and the Environment
publisher Wiley (Oxford)
ISSN 0964-4733
ISSN (online) 1099-0836
DOI 10.1002/bse.1748
volume of journal 22
number of issue 3
page(s) 202-216
review double-blind review
   
profile area SoM - Business Innovation
citation Hampl, N. L., & Loock, M. (2013). Sustainable Development in Retailing: What is the Impact on Store Choice?. Business Strategy and the Environment, 22(3), 202-216, DOI:10.1002/bse.1748.