ORCID Identifiers

0000-0001-8806-7987

Document Type

Article

Source of Publication

Computers in Human Behavior

Publication Date

12-1-2017

Abstract

© 2017 The Authors Retailing is witnessing a transformation due to rapid technological developments. Retailers are using smart technologies to improve consumer shopping experiences and to stay competitive. The biggest future challenge for marketing and consequently for retailing seems to be generation Z, since members of this generation seem to behave differently as consumers and are more focused on innovation. The aim of this paper is to explore Generation Z consumers' current perceptions, expectations and recommendations in terms of their future interactions in smart retailing contexts. To do so, we used a qualitative approach by conducting a series of semi-structured in depth interviews with 38 university students-consumers in the UK market. The findings showed that smart technologies have a significant influence on generation Z consumers' experiences. Moreover, this particular group of consumers expects various new devices and electronic processes to be widely available, thus offering consumers more autonomy and faster transactions. In addition, they expect the technology to enable them to make more informed shopping decisions. Interviewees also stressed the importance of training consumers how to use new smart retailing applications. In addition, some of the participants were sceptical about the effects of further advancing smart retailing on part of the job market. Relevant theoretical and practical implications are also provided.

ISSN

0747-5632

Publisher

Elsevier Ltd

Volume

77

First Page

374

Last Page

381

Disciplines

Business

Keywords

Consumer expectations, Consumer interactions, Generation Z, Smart retailing

Scopus ID

85011289586

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

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yes

Open Access

yes

Open Access Type

Hybrid: This publication is openly available in a subscription-based journal/series

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Business Commons

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