It’s long been held that a key consumer behavior is ‘research online buy online’ otherwise known as ROBO.
This last week the UK press has commented often on an evolution of this thought which describes the propensity of consumers to wander the high street stores to determine the goods they want then trotting off home to find the best available price online. They call this ‘windows shopping’.
This phenomena is long established in the book selling business where most bookstores have become showrooms for Amazon and outlets of Starbucks.
The implications of this are more than scary for bricks and mortar retailers and their staff and may demand a significant re-think about what the idea of a shop means. In addition it may impact significantly on brand owners attitudes to retailers and their willingness to contribute to co-op advertising.