The hidden agenda: emotions in grocery shopping

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In this paper, we demonstrate the complexity of consumer decision-making within the supermarket and use videographic techniques to gain greater insight into this. We propose that grocery shopping, often perceived as a routine behavior, can in fact, become quite complex. The broad pattern emerging from our study was that the less time the participant spent looking at the shelves, the less emotion displayed. Where there was longer time spent, there was also increasing physical interaction with the product and a greater display of mostly negative emotion. We suggest that this presents a conundrum for retailers. Does the lack of emotion indicate little or no commitment to the store and/or brand? Or are they so loyal there is no need for consumer engagement? This exploration suggests that further insight can be gained if the emphasis is on how the consumer interacts with their brands rather than assuming that all grocery decisions are predictive.

Keywords: brand loyalty; consumer; emotions; grocery; videography

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: School of Business, University of Western Sydney, PO Box 1797Penrith,NSW,2751, Australia 2: School of Marketing, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia

Publication date: December 1, 2012

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