|aThe inscrutable shopper :|bconsumer resistance in retail /|cby Stella Minahan, Sean Sands, Carla Ferraro.
|aNew York, N.Y. :|bBusiness Expert Press,|c2011.
|a153 p. :|bill. ;|c23 cm.
|aConsumer behavior collection
|aIncludes bibliographical references (p. -149) and index.
|aIntroduction -- Part I. Retailing and the Consumer : 1. A brief history of the consumer society -- 2. A brief history of shopping -- 3. The inscrutable shopper -- Part II. Elements of Consumer Resistance : 4. A model of consumer resistance -- 5. Responses: mainstream and fringe -- Part III. The Strategic Retailer : 6. Implications for retailers -- 7. Responsible retailing -- 8. Best practice considerations -- 9. Conclusion.
|aTraditional retail marketing theory has aimed to assist retailers with ideas, suggestions, and methods to attract shoppers and encourage them to spend, and ideally engender loyalty. Attracting shoppers, and encouraging them to purchase, has traditionally involved a range of marketing tactics within the retail environment, such as hanging banners, engaging barkers, playing music, designing elaborate store environments, and spending a continually increasing amount on advertising. We take a different approach with this book and ask the retailer to strategically consider and understand its customer base, particularly the issues surrounding why some customers may, or may not, choose to purchase (or shop) at all: what we define as the inscrutable shopper. While some retailers will not need to do any more than let the customer know that they exist (they have their formula just right), the reality for many retailers is that they are caught up in the business of day-to- day retail operations and lose sight of customer shifts, let alone have the time to consider why customers may not be purchasing. Hence the focus of this book is to provide an understanding of the different customer types that exist today, as a challenge of resistance to consumption.