Internet facilitates hybrid shopping processes by enabling consumers to acquire information, experience product, and conduct transaction using different media (e.g., internet, store, and catalog) at different locations at different times. Although several studies have explored how internet transactions and store sales influence each other, few investigated transportation implications of the hybrid shopping process of single products. Using 540 internet users in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area, USA, this study decomposed their shopping processes of a group of search goods (books, CDs, VCDs, videotapes, and album) to understand the relationships of e-shopping and store shopping. We found the media for product awareness, information search, and product trial are important predictors of transaction medium; and the awareness medium is the most important. Further, 17% of store buyers used internet for information search and/or product trial, and about 10% of internet buyers made trips to store to acquire information and/or experience product. The findings carry implications for marketing strategies and travel demand analysis.
|Number of pages
|Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice
|Published - Aug 2012
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
The study was funded by the Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Institute, a program of the University of Minnesota’s Center for Transportation Studies (CTS) through the TechPlan Program, which is part of the State and Local Policy Program at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Financial support was provided by the United States Department of Transportation’s Research and Innovative Technologies Administration (RITA). Frank Douma and Fay C. Simer helped with survey design and administration. The comments from two reviewers greatly improved the paper.
- Activity fragmentation
- Multi-channel shopping