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The impact of airport shopping environments and dwell time on consumer spending

Bohl, Patrick (2014) The impact of airport shopping environments and dwell time on consumer spending. Vezetéstudomány - Budapest Management Review, 45 (11). pp. 11-24.

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Abstract

This article provides new insight into how the ambience and design of shopping environments impact onspending behaviour. Environmental cues in a retail area influence emotional states of by-passers, which in turn influence spending levels. Past research suggested that this effect only applies to shops with moderate arousal level. Also, several studies failed to confirm a relationship between emotions and spending levels. This is surprising, since high arousal environments (e.g., amusement parks, sports stadiums and airports) often feature a wide range of retail outlets. Based on survey data collected in a live airport shopping area, this study finds a relationship between pleasure emotions associated with the retail area and recalled consumer spending, but also the time available for shopping (which in an airport is constrained). Also, visitors’ emotional state was influenced by the ambience (e.g., cleanliness, noise levels, lighting) as well as the design (e.g., easy wayfinding, seating areas) of the retail area. Shopper’s arousal levels did not explain variations in spending level. Implications for researchers and managers are discussed as well as suggestions for future research.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:retail, airports, servicescapes, environmental psychology
Subjects:Marketing
ID Code:1738
Deposited By: Ádám Hoffmann
Deposited On:14 Nov 2014 08:10
Last Modified:21 Dec 2018 15:18

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