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    Retaillance: a conceptual framework and review of surveillance in retail

    Elnahla, Nada and Neilson, Leighann C. (2021) Retaillance: a conceptual framework and review of surveillance in retail. The International Review of Retail, Distribution and Consumer Research, 31 (3). pp. 330-357. ISSN 0959-3969

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    Retaillance is surveillance in a brick-and-mortar retail setting. In today’s world, brick-and-mortar retailers are threatened by compe-tition from online retailers and the need to compete with sellers not just in the same city or country, but from all over the world. Retailers have, therefore, moved beyond the routine surveillance of consu-mers for security reasons, and begun to compete for consumers’ personal and shopping data, in an effort to gain competitive advan-tage. Surprisingly, published academic research relevant to surveil-lance in a retail setting is quite limited. To address this apparent gap, this interdisciplinary literature review will first provide both a new definition and conceptual model of what surveillance in physical retail entails, before reviewing how retailers view retail-lance, how retaillance impacts consumers and their relationships with retailers, along with associated moral and ethical dilemmas. Most importantly, we utilize our review as an opportunity to high-light a variety of directions for future research that can contribute to our understanding of the impact of retaillance and add to the vitality of the fields of retailing and marketing by opening new and unexplored areas of study.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Retaillance; retail; retailing; surveillance; marketing; consumer behaviour; COVID-19 pandemic;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Business
    Item ID: 17186
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    Depositing User: Nada Elnahla
    Date Deposited: 15 May 2023 14:21
    Journal or Publication Title: The International Review of Retail, Distribution and Consumer Research
    Publisher: Taylor & Francis
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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