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Can 'bricks and clicks' save small stores?


Grimmer, L, Can 'bricks and clicks' save small stores?, 2019 Pitch it Clever, (2019) [Minor Creative Work]

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Think about the last time you shopped. Was it in a store or online? The way we shop has completely changed. My retail research conducted at the University of Tasmania, shows that many small retailers haven’t kept up with the digital economy. Half of small retailers do not have a website, or if they do, the site doesn’t have a shopping cart. This is a problem because consumers want to connect with retailers via many different ‘channels’ including online and on mobiles. Retailing is incredibly important and retail activity impacts on local communities and economies. Think about your local shopping area, if it were to disappear, what impact would that have on you and your local community? We need to act now to prevent small retailers closing down. My research shows small stores without e-commerce should set up a simple and inexpensive online store. Coupled with their physical store, this is what we call ‘bricks and clicks’. By using this strategy, small and independent retailers can better adapt to changing consumer shopping behaviour. A ‘bricks and clicks’ approach can save small stores!

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Item Type:Minor Creative Work
Keywords:retail, small business, digital economy, technology, bricks and clicks
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Marketing
Research Field:Marketing communications
Objective Division:Commercial Services and Tourism
Objective Group:Property, business support services and trade
Objective Field:Wholesale and retail trade
UTAS Author:Grimmer, L (Dr Louise Grimmer)
ID Code:130606
Year Published:2019
Deposited By:TSBE
Deposited On:2019-02-06
Last Modified:2019-02-07

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