Understanding ethical grocery shoppers

Published on Sep 1, 2012in Journal of Business Research7.55
· DOI :10.1016/J.JBUSRES.2011.10.042
Juliet Memery10
Estimated H-index: 10
(University of Plymouth),
Philip Megicks3
Estimated H-index: 3
(University of Plymouth)
+ 1 AuthorsJasmine Williams7
Estimated H-index: 7
(University of Plymouth)
The growing importance of ethical shopping motives offers a major advantage to retailers who understand their significance in store choice decisions compared with other conventional store image influences, particularly with regard to any variations that exist between different shopper types. This study uses an exploratory two-phase integrative qualitative and quantitative research design to identify a preliminary classification of ethical shopper types. Three ethical and three store image factors emerge as relevant to the decision-making of ethical shoppers through the development of appropriate scales. Building from these factors, subsequent cluster analysis defines four distinct ethical shopper types: demanders, mavens, dissenters, and apathetics. The degree of emphasis given to ethical and other store choice factors exemplify differences among these segments. The article discusses the utility of the resultant classification in terms of research and retail strategy including opportunities for targeting through adjustment of the retail offer.
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