I recently got my hands around a report from Forrester Analyst Sucharita Mulpuru titled “Higher Prices In Your Stores: OK Or Not? How Consumers React When Store And Web Prices For An Item Differ”.
In today’s socio-economic environment, it is common sense that shoppers are increasingly frugal and aware of their options when it comes to opening up their wallets. Retailers understand this trend and have come to realize that this is not a recession specific phenomenon. We may be out of recession, but shopper attitudes have not changed. Almost everyone shops around and compares prices across different channels. This has led to a rush towards consistent multi-channel experience.
But, this Forrester report paints a completely different picture. It suggests that having different prices across channels is not an issue, and retailers should rather focus on things that are more important!?!?