Managing Product Assortment Differentiation across Online and Offline Marketing Channels

Meng Wang, Fang Gu, Danny T. Wang

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Embracing the advent of digital world, most of brands adopt concurrent usage of
online and offline channels to reach end customers. The debate with regard to the synergistic
or cannibalizing effects of online and offline channels is ostensive. However, the
investigation and examination regarding how to effectively manage the online and offline
channel to optimize brand’s overall sales profit remains rare. We introduce product
assortment differentiation (PAD) as an online and offline channel management strategy. With
the panel data of 281,413 observations of product sales across 36 months, we confirmed the
inverted U-shape between PAD and sales performance. Moreover, with the yearly sales data
and multi-informant survey data, we examined both its benefits of channel cooperation and
costs of increasing competition for resources, unpacking the underlying mechanisms of the
inverted U-shape relationship between PAD and overall sales performance.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAMA Winter Academic Conference 2021
Subtitle of host publicationThe Human Side of Marketing in an Age of Digital Transformation
Place of PublicationUSA
PublisherAmerican Marketing Association
ISBN (Print) 978-1-7138-2518-0
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2021
Event2021 AMA Winter Academic Conference -
Duration: 17 Feb 202119 Feb 2021


Conference2021 AMA Winter Academic Conference


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