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Reflects on the origins and development of The Retail Planner’s Bookshelf and outlines the composition of the 2002 version. Concludes that the updated version, by providing common language all round, will enable progress at the national and local level.
The article provides an introduction to obtaining and using Web‐based retail data for countries outwith the UK. The potential and accessibility of such data are reviewed and assessed. The article is a rough guide to data sources and is pragmatic in nature. A summary table provides a ready guide by country. Worked examples are included for Brazil, Japan, Spain, Australia and the USA.
The 1990s have seen a major expansion in both the interest in retailing as an academic research subject and in the availability of European retail academic journals. Using…
The 1990s have seen a major expansion in both the interest in retailing as an academic research subject and in the availability of European retail academic journals. Using a bibliometric approach, this paper investigates the development of published academic retail research in these journals. It identifies different emphases within the retail journals and retail research. Overall, however, retailing is identified increasingly as a synthetic rather than an interdisciplinary subject. A gulf between the direction that European scholars and US scholars are following is considered.
This article assesses the specific employment opportunities for women in the retail superstore. The result of a sample survey (part of a wider study of retail employment…
This article assesses the specific employment opportunities for women in the retail superstore. The result of a sample survey (part of a wider study of retail employment) are compared with the responses to comparable questions from the Department of Employment survey of the late 1970s. The focus is on three areas: occupational segregation in a changing retail environment; female employment and life cycle stage; and female attitudes towards employment.
This paper seeks to make sense of recent developments in retail planning with reference to the changing agendas on retail planning, the disparate nature of participation…
This paper seeks to make sense of recent developments in retail planning with reference to the changing agendas on retail planning, the disparate nature of participation in the retail planning debate and the diversity of literature on the subject.
The paper focuses on the work of the National Retail Planning Forum. Specifically, it examines the Briefing Paper Series using it as a way of seeing how the agenda has been changing and policy challenged.
The paper underlines the importance of distinguishing between evidence based research and rhetoric or advocacy in evaluating policy in retail planning.
The paper provides an accessible short tour of recent issues on the policy agenda whilst also counterpoising some of the underlying retail planning policy issues.
The purpose of this paper is to investigate store‐switching behaviours for main food‐shopping consequent on a change in operator for a major superstore; to relate results to previous research findings on store‐switching levels; and to use the results to emphasise new directions and dimensions for store‐switching research.
A two‐phase random household postal survey on main food‐shopping behaviour was conducted in a central Scottish city. The two phases, separated by one year, bracketed the change of a main food store from Safeway to Morrisons. A proportion of respondent households in the two phases (45 per cent) was common and represents matched subjects, allowing investigation of store‐switching behaviour.
The aggregate switching rate is higher (27.4 per cent) than found in previous UK research, despite the locational/accessibility component being held constant. No aggregate differences between switchers/non‐switchers on socio‐economic or demographic grounds were found, confirming previous US research. The high level of switching is ascribed to a re‐evaluation of store choices/attributes consequent on the store changeover, confirming the notion of a “trigger” mechanism.
The research has implications for competition authorities, other policy makers and retailers. It reveals the transient nature of a component of store‐switching and the store‐specific nature of store‐switching behaviour. Policy makers need to understand the baseline or natural switching rate amongst retailers generally and specifically in their area. Retailers can exploit further the store‐specific element of switching.
Research on store‐switching behaviour over time is rare both generally and specifically in the UK. This research provides evidence of switching rates which can be subject to confirmation/disconfirmation in other circumstances.