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Exploring value through integrated service solutions: The case of e‐grocery shopping

Ronan De Kervenoael (Graduate School of Management, Sanbanci University, Istanbul, Turkey)
Didier Soopramanien (Lancaster University Management School, Bailrigg, UK)
Jonathan Elms (Lancaster University Management School, Bailrigg, UK)
Alan Hallsworth (Surrey University Management School, Guildford, UK)

Managing Service Quality: An International Journal

ISSN: 0960-4529

Article publication date: 1 March 2006

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to demonstrate the need for an improved understanding of consumer value for online grocery purchases and to propose the notion of “integrated service solution” packages as a strategy for growing and successfully sustaining the channel to guide both marketing strategy and policy.

Design/methodology/approach

This paper integrates and synthesises research from retailing, consumer behaviour and service quality literatures in order to develop a conceptual framework for understanding the value of e‐grocery shopping to aid practitioners to address the critical needs, expectations and concerns of consumers for the development of grocery shopping within the online environment.

Findings

This paper offers an alternative approach to allow e‐grocery to become a mainstream retail channel in its own right and not to compete with the in‐store offerings. The research demonstrates the need for a progressive approach that follows contemporary consumer needs and habits at the household level. The conjecture is that shopping for fast‐moving consumer goods follows a learning path that needs to be replicated in the online context. Moreover, it is suggested that consumer resistance to the adoption of the new channel should be addressed not only from a technological perspective but also from the social aspects of online shopping.

Originality/value

The research provides a practical framework for both retailers and policy makers on how the “next generation” of online services can be developed using a “bottom up” consumer perspective. This paper also advocates a non‐technological bias to e‐grocery retailing strategy.

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Citation

De Kervenoael, R., Soopramanien, D., Elms, J. and Hallsworth, A. (2006), "Exploring value through integrated service solutions: The case of e‐grocery shopping", Managing Service Quality: An International Journal, Vol. 16 No. 2, pp. 185-202. https://doi.org/10.1108/09604520610650646

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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