Frame of the research: Today, retailers possess stronger brands with a high level of awareness and are increasingly going international. A better understanding of consumer-based brand equity (CBBE) from an international marketing perspective is required. Purpose of the paper: To this aim, this study investigates the factors affecting retail brand equity (RBE) when a multi-cue approach is applied, that is: considering traditional RBE antecedents (e.g. retail brand awareness, retail brand image, retail perceived value) together with country image (CI) cues - in their cognitive and affective dimensions. Methodology: A survey was carried out administering a structured questionnaire to a sample of consumers. A structural equation modeling (SEM) was employed to test the proposed model. Findings: All the postulated relationships were verified, apart from the retail perceived value (RPV). Country image affects retail brand equity, but unexpectedly. While the cognitive image of the retailer’s country of origin exerts a negative effect, the affective country image impacts in a positive way. Research limits: Despite the contribution to the retailing and international marketing literature, the research has some limitations. It is performed on a single retail brand and focused on Italian consumers only. Finally, this first study did not include any mediating or moderating variables. Practical implications: International retailers, with particular attention to discounters, would understand the factors to leverage in order to boost their consumer-based brand equity. Originality of the paper: So far, poor attention has been given to the effect of country image on retail brand equity. However, the retailer’s image develops not only in accordance with the service provided, but also in relation to the stereotypes connected with the retailer’s country of origin. Moreover, the study employs a multi-cue perspective, using traditional RBE antecedents together with CI dimensions.

Country image dimensions and retail brand equity. A multi-cue analysis / Martinelli, Elisa; De Canio, Francesca. - In: SINERGIE. - ISSN 0393-5108. - 39:2(2021), pp. 17-36. [10.7433/s115.2021.02]

Country image dimensions and retail brand equity. A multi-cue analysis

Martinelli, Elisa
;
De Canio, Francesca
2021

Abstract

Frame of the research: Today, retailers possess stronger brands with a high level of awareness and are increasingly going international. A better understanding of consumer-based brand equity (CBBE) from an international marketing perspective is required. Purpose of the paper: To this aim, this study investigates the factors affecting retail brand equity (RBE) when a multi-cue approach is applied, that is: considering traditional RBE antecedents (e.g. retail brand awareness, retail brand image, retail perceived value) together with country image (CI) cues - in their cognitive and affective dimensions. Methodology: A survey was carried out administering a structured questionnaire to a sample of consumers. A structural equation modeling (SEM) was employed to test the proposed model. Findings: All the postulated relationships were verified, apart from the retail perceived value (RPV). Country image affects retail brand equity, but unexpectedly. While the cognitive image of the retailer’s country of origin exerts a negative effect, the affective country image impacts in a positive way. Research limits: Despite the contribution to the retailing and international marketing literature, the research has some limitations. It is performed on a single retail brand and focused on Italian consumers only. Finally, this first study did not include any mediating or moderating variables. Practical implications: International retailers, with particular attention to discounters, would understand the factors to leverage in order to boost their consumer-based brand equity. Originality of the paper: So far, poor attention has been given to the effect of country image on retail brand equity. However, the retailer’s image develops not only in accordance with the service provided, but also in relation to the stereotypes connected with the retailer’s country of origin. Moreover, the study employs a multi-cue perspective, using traditional RBE antecedents together with CI dimensions.
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Country image dimensions and retail brand equity. A multi-cue analysis / Martinelli, Elisa; De Canio, Francesca. - In: SINERGIE. - ISSN 0393-5108. - 39:2(2021), pp. 17-36. [10.7433/s115.2021.02]
Martinelli, Elisa; De Canio, Francesca
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