More than half of all retail promotions are sent to customers who would be content to pay full price.
That’s according to a new Revionics-commissioned survey conducted by Forrester Consulting, which found that 52% of retailers’ weekly or monthly promotions go to customers who would happily have paid full price, resulting in lost margins that retailers can ill afford.
The survey, which questioned consumers in the United States, United Kingdom, France, Germany and Brazil, also debunks retailers’ hope of recouping margins by raising prices on limited-stock items. When asked how they would react if an item they wanted was available at a higher-than-expected price, nearly 60% of respondents said they would wait, not purchase the item at all, purchase it from a different retailer. A retailer seeking short-term gain faces the painful risk of losing sales and the hard-won loyalty of its shoppers.
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