The Major Retailers Most Threatened By Mobile Showrooming, And How They’re Fighting It

The practice of “showrooming,” or viewing an item in a retail store and then buying it online, has brought the e-commerce threat directly to bricks-and-mortar retailers.

Mobile raises the showrooming threat to a new level since price comparisons are available to shoppers immediately, as they make decisions and browse e-commerce websites in stores.

In a recent report from BI Intelligence, we analyse mobile showrooming’s influence on retail, and examine the various different types of consumer behaviour that make up showrooming.

We also look at what the big retailers are doing to combat showrooming, including trying to use online strategies to drive “reverse showrooming,” or the practice of browsing on social media and e-commerce sites but then buying in physical stores. And, finally, we identify the five broad strategies that will help brick-and-mortar retailers win business from showroomers. This is all part of our ongoing coverage of mobile commerce and retail.

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Take a look at this chart from our report:


Estimates of how much retail volume is influenced by smartphones vary wildly, but here are some numbers that gauge mobile showrooming’s influence:

In one dramatic effort to combat showrooming, U.S. electronics retailer Best Buy announced earlier this year that its stores would match the prices of 19 major online competitors, including Apple, Amazon, and Target also has a price-matching policy in effect.

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