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Information effects of warehouse automation on sales in omnichannel retailing

Takumi Tagashira

Journal of Retailing and Consumer Services, 2022, vol. 66, issue C

Abstract: The recent development of an omnichannel business environment provides a seamless shopping experience throughout the customer journey. Although previous studies have identified the importance of rapid product delivery, consumers cannot evaluate delivery quality until it has arrived. This study argued that warehouse automation and retail channel brand characteristics lead to informative signals and to firms' higher sales in the omnichannel context. By analyzing panel data from the Japanese retail market, we tested the effects of warehouse automation and the moderating effects of omnichannel, online, and offline brand offerings on the effectiveness of the warehouse automation signal. Results showed that warehouse automation signaling positively affects firms’ sales and has a positive interaction effect with omnichannel offerings.

Keywords: Warehouse automation; Omnichannel retailing; Signaling (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2022
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DOI: 10.1016/j.jretconser.2021.102903

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