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Which Retail Outlets Generate the Most Physical Interactions?
Avi Goldfarb, Catherine Tucker
NBER Working Paper No. 27042Issued in April 2020NBER Program(s):Productivity, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship
This paper seeks to answer the simple question of what category of retail outlets generates the most physical interactions in the regular course of life. In this way, we aim to bring a marketing perspective to discussions about which businesses may be most risky from the standpoint of spreading contagious disease. We use detailed data from people's mobile devices prior to the implementation of social distancing measures in the United States. With this data, we examine a number of potential indicators of risk of contagion: The absolute number of visits and visitors, how many of the visits are generated by the same people, the median average distance traveled by the visitor to the retailer, and the number of customers from Canada and Mexico. We find that retailers with a single outlet tend to attract relatively few visitors, fewer one-off visitors, and have fewer international customers. For retailers that have multiple stores the patterns are non-linear. Retailers that have such a large number of stores that they are ubiquitous, tend to exhibit fewer visits and visitors and attract customers from a smaller distance. However, retailers that have a large enough footprint to be well known, but not large enough to be ubiquitous tend to attract a large number of visitors who make one-off visits, travel a long distance, and are disproportionately international.” The results suggest that similar to Figure 3, there is a non-linear pattern in terms of how far people travel to visit stores. In general, if a brand is large enough to be relatively ubiquitous and has hundreds of stores, then people are less likely to travel far to visit. Presumably by the time a brand has 5000 outlets it is likely trying to minimize travel time for its potential customers. By contrast brands where there are fewer than 100 outlets (but more than a single outlet) are more likely to attract people to drive a greater distance.”
so basically stores that are not nation-wide attract more visitors and more visitors that have traveled a greater distance- more likely to spread COVID
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