ConvenienceProbe: A Phone-Based System for Retail Trade-Area Analysis

Chuang-Wen You, Hsin-Liu Cindy Kao, Bo-Jhang Ho, Yu-Han Tiffany Chen, Wei-Fehng Wang, Lien-Ti Bei, Hao-Hua Chu, Ming-Syan Chen
2014 IEEE pervasive computing  
Systematically and quantitatively determining patterns in consumer flow is an important question in marketing research. Identifying these patterns can facilitate understanding of where and when consumers purchase products and services at physical retail shops. Collecting data on real consumers who shop at retail stores is one of the most challenging and expensive aspects of these studies. This paper introduces a phone-based data collection system, called ConvenienceProbe, for retail trade area
more » ... nalysis. The proposed method specifically targets local residents shopping at neighborhood convenience stores. This study deploys and tests the system by collecting real customer flow data in neighborhood convenience stores. Results show that the consumer flow data collected from the ConvenienceProbe system is comparable to that from a traditional face-to-face interview method. Index Terms-Phone sensing, data collection and analysis, consumer behavior and marketing research.
doi:10.1109/mprv.2013.24 fatcat:wtj64aka2bbyto6qwfud2ywo3m