More Than a Showroom

Strategies for Winning Back Online Shoppers

Authors: Bachrach, D., Ogilvie, J., Rapp, A., Calamusa IV, J.

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  • Physical retail stores have been combatting the online onslaught for years, but recently the very asset that seeming brought them down (physical space) can become an advantage. Showrooming (looking at the physical item, then ordering it online elsewhere) can actually be an advantage if retailers understand this phenomenon and use it for their own strategic advantage. Best Buy launched a huge advertising campaign entitled: Your Ultimate Holiday Showroom to combat the negative showrooming aspect, and to drive customers into their stores. Target is trying their own strategies to bring people in, and to keep them there while checking online. This will be the first look at how showrooming strategies can be utilized from big global retailers to small mom and pop shops
  • This team of authors is a perfect Palgrave fit… academics who study and write papers on this topic who also have their own consulting and training group for the practitioner market. The 4 authors will utilize their connections in the practitioner world to market this book. The marketing plan below is a detailed look at how they will bring this book to market and how we can also look at getting books into the academic courses that teach retail strategies
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About this book

The growing phenomenon of showrooming plagues sales managers and small retailers in ever increasing numbers as technology has evolved to create smarter and more empowered consumers. Showrooming refers to the phenomenon of consumers – or potential consumers - browsing products in a retail store, and then ultimately purchasing online at a lower price through another store. In the age of the Internet, the sight of a customer who will visit a store and use their smartphone to scan the barcode, hoping to find the same item at a cheaper price from a different vendor has become commonplace. Through exhaustive research, the authors of this book investigate this exploding trend and offer strategies, tools, and training approaches that can help to transform showrooming customers into in-store sales.

Offering retail managers and owners deep insight into how they can stem the loss of resources to showrooming, this book, through a close, systematic examination of showrooming, provides insight and understanding of the value added through customer service and expert salesperson knowledge. Retailers will learn how to implement essential, incremental changes to infuse value in the customer experience and entice significantly improved in-store sales while building core customer relationships and enhancing loyalty.

About the authors

Daniel G. Bachrach, PhD, is Professor of Management at the Culverhouse College of Commerce of the University of Alabama. Professor Bachrach is editor or coauthor of five books, including Management, 13e; Exploring Management, 5e; Transformative Selling; 10 Don'ts on Your Digital Devices: The Non-Techie's Survival Guide to Cyber Security and Privacy; and The Handbook of Behavioral Operations Management. His peer-reviewed articles have appeared in range of top-tier academic outlets, including Organization Science, Journal of Applied Psychology, Strategic Management Journal, Personnel Psychology, and Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes.

Jessica Ogilvie is an Assistant Professor of Marketing in the College of Business at Ohio University where she teaches the Advanced Selling and Sales Management courses. Prior to earning her Ph.D. from The University of Alabama, she received her B.S. in Finance and Economics from The University of Alabama where she graduated Summa Cum Laude in May of 2011 and her M.S. in Marketing from The University of Alabama in May of 2012. She is currently the Director of Research and Academics in The Ralph and Luci Schey Sales Centre at Ohio University.

Adam Rapp, PhD is the Distinguished Professor of Sales in the Department of Marketing at Ohio University. After earning his Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut, Dr. Adam Rapp spent time as a doctoral fellow at the University of Houston, where he researched and taught in the Sales Excellence Institute. Adam is currently the Executive Director of The Ralph and Luci Schey Sales Centre at Ohio University.

Joe Calamusa is currently a Professor of Marketing at The University of Alabama and the UA Sales Program's Managing Director. Joe has over 10 years of sales and sales management experience as the Corporate National Sales Manager for Peco Foods, Inc., a privately held poultry processor. Joe Calamusa started a private label grocery division that blossomed into over $150 million in annual sales to retail giants including Wal-Mart, The Kroger Co., Supervalu Inc., Safeway, Publix, Dollar General, and many others. Joe oversaw a national sales and broker network, and was responsible for the division's strategy, supply chain, development, and profitability. Joe has corporate training and coaching experience within the Consumer Packaged Goods, Health Care, Retail, Media, Industrial Technology, and Municipal segments. He also specializes in small business consulting projects within the Legal, Information Technology and Non-profit fields.

Reviews

"The book More than a Showroom has a lot of excellent ideas, insights, and suggestions for retailers. It would be a useful read for a retailer struggling with how to compete effectively, given the ever-changing evolving marketplace." —Sharon E. Beatty, Reese Phifer Professor of Marketing, University of Alabama
"The book More than a Showroom has a lot of excellent ideas, insights, and suggestions for retailers. It would be a useful read for a retailer struggling with how to compete effectively, given the ever-changing evolving marketplace." —Sharon E. Beatty, Reese Phifer Professor of Marketing, University of Alabama

Table of contents (11 chapters)

Table of contents (11 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
More Than a Showroom
Book Subtitle
Strategies for Winning Back Online Shoppers
Authors
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-55189-4
DOI
10.1057/9781137551894
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-55187-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
V, 200
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