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Children as actors of tomorrow’s hypermarket experience

Maria D. De-Juan-Vigaray (Department of Marketing, University of Alicante , Alicante, Spain)
Monali Hota (IESEG School of Management, Lille, France)

International Journal of Retail & Distribution Management

ISSN: 0959-0552

Article publication date: 26 March 2019

Issue publication date: 31 July 2019

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to see how children aged 7–11 years can become the actors of tomorrow’s hypermarket experience by providing a review of past research on children as retail consumers, with a specific reference to their customer experience.

Design/methodology/approach

The literature review will be organised by presenting a “child hypermarket customer experience” model. Finally, a conceptual and methodological critique of past research will be presented followed by the revised model and conclusions.

Findings

The literature review finds six independent variables presented in the model: customer satisfaction, in-store conflicts, buying intention, purchase basket value, loyalty and average time spent in store measure a positive hypermarket shopping experience for children. There are then six types of mediators presented in the updated model: type of product, product offering, pocket money amount, environment, technology (games, tablets) and experiential marketing that mediate the impact of these independent variables on children as the actors of tomorrow’s hypermarket experience.

Research limitations/implications

This paper is conceptual in nature. Future research should empirically validate the conceptual model developed in the paper for children 7–11 years of age.

Practical implications

The conceptual discussion shows that hypermarket managers can use technology such as games and tablets not only to reduce the conflicts between parents and children in hypermarkets but also positively impact on the average time spent in the store. Further, the discussion shows that hypermarket managers can offer children the experience they expect with the use of specific experiential stimuli adapted to children in “children’s aisles” such as toys, children’s clothing, children’s hi-tech and children’s books. They can also theme the experience for children using memorabilia and the engagement of senses. Managerial research should empirically validate this for children 7–11 years of age.

Originality/value

This is the first study that conceptually creates a model of children as the actors of tomorrow’s hypermarket experience. This is something that empirically researched will enhance the understanding of young consumers’ behaviour in the retail process in this advanced age of retailing.

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Citation

De-Juan-Vigaray, M.D. and Hota, M. (2019), "Children as actors of tomorrow’s hypermarket experience", International Journal of Retail & Distribution Management, Vol. 47 No. 6, pp. 699-711. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJRDM-09-2017-0193

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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