Placed: Bed, Bath & Beyond, Best Buy Among Retailers Most Vulnerable to Showrooming

Placed logoAmazon is the biggest promoter and beneficiary of the so-called mobile “showrooming” phenomenon. To date, however, much of the evidence of showrooming has come from consumer surveys rather than actual behavioral data.

Now location-analytics provider Placed has put out a report that combines self-reported survey data and actual consumer behavior. Placed’s report, “Aisle to Amazon,” is based on nearly 15,000 survey responses and “direct measurement of nearly 1 billion US location data points during January 2013.”

Showrooming index

The report’s objective was to measure where Amazon buyers also shop in the real world. Here are some of the highlights:

  • 25% of Amazon Customers shop at Walmart, 2x higher than Target (10.7%)
  • Showroomers who spend more than $100 a quarter at Amazon are 63% more likely to visit Victoria’s Secret, and BJ’s Wholesale Club than the average US consumer
  • TJ Maxx, Costco, and Office Depot top the list in terms of index for Amazon customers with the Price Check app
  • Men identified as showroomers 39% more likely to go to Best Buy and 24% more likely to go to Home Depot
  • Females identified as showroomers 49% more likely to go to Kohl’s and 47% more likely to go to PetSmart

Based on the data, Placed created a “retailer risk index” (see above) that highlights traditional retailers where Amazon shoppers overindex (as a prelude to online purchases). Bed, Bath & Beyond was found to be the most vulnerable among a group of leading retail brands.

As indicated, there were also gender differences between the store-visitation patterns of male and female showroomers:

gender showrooming index

Some of this data is speculative. Placed doesn’t know in every instance where all the final transactions took place — online or offline. But the data are unique in showing the physical stores where Amazon shoppers go in the course of their research and purchase process.

There are additional findings in the full report.

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4 Responses to “Placed: Bed, Bath & Beyond, Best Buy Among Retailers Most Vulnerable to Showrooming”

  1. IAB: 78% of Electronics Shoppers Did Online Research Before Going into Store says at

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  2. Malcolm Lewis says at

  3. Greg Sterling says at

    Well Best Buy has to do something radical. 

  4. Malcolm Lewis says at

    Right. But if you match online prices, your margins will be lower than the online guys because you have the distribution and showrooming costs they do not. Tough problem.

  5. Greg Sterling says at

    Anti-showrooming has to be a mix of things: 
    Better in-store service, in-store deals that are not available online, loyalty program. Price alone won’t work as you point out. 

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