Store experience and co‐creation: the case of temporary shop

Tiziana Russo Spena (University Magna Graecia of Catanzaro, Catanzaro, Italy)
Angela Caridà (University Magna Graecia of Catanzaro, Catanzaro, Italy)
Maria Colurcio (University Magna Graecia of Catanzaro, Catanzaro, Italy)
Monia Melia (University Magna Graecia of Catanzaro, Catanzaro, Italy)

International Journal of Retail & Distribution Management

ISSN: 0959-0552

Publication date: 27 January 2012



The purpose of this paper is to focus on Temporary Shops, a recent communication and distribution innovation used by firms in order to improve interaction with customers and to reinforce brand loyalty and equity. The main aim of the study is to frame the Temporary Shops phenomenon in Italy and to analyze its value co‐creation potential.


The DART model proposed by Prahalad and Ramaswamy has been chosen as the theoretical framework for understanding the Temporary Shops phenomenon. The authors investigate the process of value co‐creation inside the Temporary Shops through its four key building blocks, namely, dialogue, access, risk/benefits and transparency. Through a multiple‐case study, the authors study in‐depth evidence from five leading firms that represent the main Temporary Shops in Italy over the last two years.


Temporary Shops provide a locus of value co‐creation in which the interactive and experiential relationship between the firm and the customer is engaged and value co‐creation emerges.

Research limitations/implications

There are two main limitations: this study is exploratory and analyzes co‐creation only from the company perspective. Further studies may widen the unit of analysis from firm to customer's network and thus provide further insights about antecedents and implications of the interaction in a multi‐sensory context.


The work contributes to understanding the role of experiential environment in value co‐creation processes, as well as analyzing the contribution of a new distribution phenomenon with respect to co‐creation through the application of the DART model.



Russo Spena, T., Caridà, A., Colurcio, M. and Melia, M. (2012), "Store experience and co‐creation: the case of temporary shop", International Journal of Retail & Distribution Management, Vol. 40 No. 1, pp. 21-40.

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