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The mall as bazaar: How kiosks influence consumer shopping behaviour

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The addition of kiosks (e.g. pushcarts, stalls, etc.) to malls has changed the mall environment. However, no research to our knowledge has been conducted to determine if that change has been received positively or negatively by shoppers. Our study investigates how kiosks and kiosk salespeople affect consumers' emotional responses and shopping behaviours towards the mall. Using a between-subjects design, we found that the very presence of kiosks negatively affects shoppers' perceptions of the mall environment. Whether a kiosk salesperson was aggressive or passive had virtually the same effect upon shoppers. Similarly, passive kiosk salespeople and the absence of kiosks resulted in relatively the same level of arousal on shoppers, while aggressive salespeople caused a higher level of arousal than either of the other two conditions. This contributes to the extant literature on retail atmospherics and perceptions of retail salesperson behaviours.
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Keywords: aggressive salespeople; atmospherics; mall kiosks; shopper behaviour

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: University of Tennessee, USA 2: University of South Carolina, USA 3: Texas Christian University, USA

Publication date: 2012-02-01

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