Special Issue "Smart & Sustainable Solutions for Retailing"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Economic and Business Aspects of Sustainability".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 October 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Sergio Barile
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Department of Management, Sapienza University of Rome, Rome, Italy
Interests: systems theory; complexity; decision making
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Prof. Dr. Marialuisa Saviano
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Department of Pharmacy and Pharmanomics Interdepartmental Research Center, University of Salerno, Salerno, Italy
Interests: viable systems approach (VSA); sustainability science; healthcare management; pharmaceutical management; service and retail marketing; cultural heritage management; knowledge management
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

It’s time that scholars share with retailers the need to more systematically contribute to the urgent paradigm change required to embed sustainability in business models and marketing strategies. To this aim, the Special Issue will welcome papers covering a wide range of topics related to the adoption of a smartness and sustainability perspective in the rethinking of Retail.

Many challenges and areas of enquiry arise from embracing sustainability in the management of the environmental, social and economic dimensions of the retail ecosystem. They are all opportunities for progress. Accordingly, papers selected for this issue are invited to address the following (but also further) areas of enquiry:

  • Innovative and creative solutions for Sustainable Retailing
  • ICT solutions & Artificial Intelligence (AI) for Sustainable Retailing
  • 3Rs (Reduce-Reuse-Recycle) applications in Retailing
  • Eco-systems marketing for Sustainable Retailing
  • Sustainable e-tailing business models
  • Bio-economy, Blue-economy and Circular economy solutions for Sustainable Retailing and Green Stores
  • The retail industry contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  • Promoting healthy lives and Equitable and Sustainable Wellbeing through Retailing
  • Service Science Management and Engineering (SSME) applications for Sustainable Retailing
  • Service Dominant (S-D) Logic for Sustainable Retailing
  • T-Shaped Models for Sustainable Retailing
  • High Tech Skills for Sustainable Retailing
  • Educational aspects of sustainability in Retail Service
  • Engaging retail customers with sustainable consumption
  • Expanding the sustainability engagement along the Supply Chain
  • The social dimension of sustainability in Retailing
  • Sustainability communication in Retail Marketing
  • In-store and Web communication for sustainability

Prof. Dr. Sergio Barile
Prof. Dr. Marialuisa Saviano
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • Sustainability
  • ICT for Retailing
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) for Retailing
  • Retailing
  • Retail Service
  • Sustainable Retailing
  • Retail Ecosystem
  • Green Stores
  • Smartness for Sustainability
  • Sustainable Circular Economy

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How Does Retail Engage Consumers in Sustainable Consumption? A Systematic Literature Review
Sustainability 2021, 13(1), 96; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13010096 - 24 Dec 2020
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The academic literature on consumer engagement and sustainable consumption has developed gradually over the last two decades. The body of knowledge related to the role of food and non-food retailers in this context, however, is only beginning to develop. The purpose of this [...] Read more.
The academic literature on consumer engagement and sustainable consumption has developed gradually over the last two decades. The body of knowledge related to the role of food and non-food retailers in this context, however, is only beginning to develop. The purpose of this systematic review is to analyse the existing literature on how retailers fulfil their role in engaging consumers in sustainable consumption. The need for a study with this purpose is proven by the fact that academic literature lacks a systematic review on this topic, despite the ascending trend in the number of published articles in the field. This systematic review is based on a five-step process to ensure quality, replicability, transparency, and reliable conclusions. The reviewed articles were published relatively recently in academic journals from different domains. This review identified seven distinct types of retail marketing interventions (involvement of retailers in marketing actions with the aim to engage consumers in sustainable consumption), 30 types of retail marketing mechanisms (consisting in marketing strategies, techniques, tools, and channels used by retailers), and 14 distinct types of consumer engagement in sustainable consumption patterns. The review suggests an agenda for further research and identifies practical implications for retail management. Full article
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