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August 1, 2015

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August 1, 2015

Personalized Banner Ads Are a Double-Edged Sword

July 23, 2015 — Trust in a particular vendor affects the degree to which consumers will accept or reject a personalized banner ad, research concludes. The investigators wondered where people would draw the line at ... read more

Mascots: Can a Humanlike Figure Actually Harm a Company?

July 7, 2015 — Companies whose brands are represented by or associated with human or humanlike figures are often perceived to be taking advantage of consumers when they raise their prices, new research ... read more

Reusable Shopping Bags Encourage Shoppers to Buy Produce -- And Junk Food?

July 7, 2015 — Bringing reusable bags to the grocery store often means you are an environmentally friendly shopper. But it also influences the very things you buy. According to a new study, bringing your own bags ... read more

You Don't Always Get What You Pay For, Even If Competition Is Fierce

July 2, 2015 — Academics have found that an increase in competition can, at times, actually reduce consumer welfare. Their article looks at instances where the positive correlation between competition and quality ... read more

July 1, 2015 — Seven out of 10 college students feel stressed about their personal finances, according to a new American survey. Nearly 60 percent said they worry about having enough money to pay for school, while ... read more

How Companies Can Reduce Sovereign Risk

June 25, 2015 — In a new study of five-year spreads on credit default swap contracts for more than 2,000 U.S. and international firms, a finance researcher found that strong property rights and transparency are key ... read more

National Identity: Does Buying Local Mean Shunning Global?

June 23, 2015 — U.S. consumers are often urged to “buy American,” and some special interest groups even claim that buying foreign products is inappropriate, or even immoral. But when it comes to buying domestic ... read more

The Unwanted Consumer: Harbingers of Failure

June 23, 2015 — Positive customer feedback, to say nothing of positive sales, is always a good sign of a new product's potential success, right? Not necessarily, says a new study. According to the study, there ... read more

Students' Unions Attempts to Oppose Consumerism Are Rarely Successful, New Research Finds

June 15, 2015 — While students' unions often try to oppose the rise of consumerism at their universities, they are rarely successful, a new study ... read more

It Takes a Village: Why Do Consumers Participate in Wind Energy Programs?

June 2, 2015 — Why do people participate in programs that benefit the environment, even when there seems to be no direct personal benefit in taking part? More specifically, why would consumers pay good money for ... read more

Unplanned Purchases: Why Does That Snickers Bar Looks Better the Longer You Shop?

June 2, 2015 — You go to the grocery store to buy a pound of ground beef and a can of tomato sauce. You walk out with the ground beef, the sauce, and a bag of chocolate-covered almonds, a silicon spatula, and the ... read more

Using Debt to Maintain Status Quo Leaves Families on Rocky Road to Recovery

May 27, 2015 — Economically vulnerable families are increasingly willing to take on debt to maintain a basic standard of living -- a situation that can put them into a deep financial hole, according to a new ... read more

Nudge, Don't Judge, Shoplifters

May 19, 2015 — Specially designed shopping centers geared at encouraging shoplifters to think twice before they commit a crime are the way forward, according to ... read more

Model Predicts Which Delinquent Credit Card Holders Will Pay

May 14, 2015 — A way to accurately predict which delinquent credit card accounts will repay an outstanding balance has been created by researchers. Banks need to know which accounts are worth spending money on -- ... read more

Baiting the Hook: The Science of Attracting and Keeping Online Grocery Shoppers

May 7, 2015 — A study of the multichannel UK grocery shopping environment recently yielded insights that will be useful for retailers with an online channel or considering adding one to their customers' ... read more

Customers Will Pay More Today If There's Payback Later, Shows Equal Billing Study

May 6, 2015 — A study of the best ways to structure equal billing plans says that smart companies should set them up so that customers get money back at the end of the term. Not only do they think they prefer to ... read more

Nonstop Shopping: Impact of Mobile Technology on Purchasing Patterns

May 5, 2015 — Customers who adopted mobile technology for their grocery shopping shopped more often and placed larger orders, research shows. The data was collected between 2011 and 2013 from an Internet-only ... read more

Good Things in Store for Retailers

May 1, 2015 — Adding brick-and-mortar stores to online and catalog retailing increases sales overall, research shows. Online and catalog retailers pondering whether to add physical stores to their customers' ... read more

Buyers With a Trade-in Get a Raw Deal

Apr. 30, 2015 — A consumer with a trade-in actually forks over more money to the dealer than consumers without a trade-in, new research shows. The research theorizes that sellers of durable goods for which dealers ... read more

Energy Consumption Rises With Automated Bill Payment

Apr. 29, 2015 — The adage 'out of sight, out of mind' applies to utility consumption, according to new research. A study of 16 years of billing records from one South Carolina electric utility found that ... read more

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