Is fast fashion sustainable? the effect of positioning strategies on consumers' attitudes and purchase intentions

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Abstract

Purpose - The purpose of this study is to examine the strategies that fast fashion retailers use to position sustainability by applying the stimulus-organism-response model. Specifically, this study investigated how sustainability positioning strategies influenced perceived corporate social responsibility (CSR) effort, price value and brand equity. Design/methodology/approach - A between-subject Web experiment was used to test the research model. Four versions of the questionnaire were developed on a commercial online survey Web site, in which the surveys were randomly distributed to participants and data were collected. Findings - The findings of this study suggest that sustainability positioning strategies can lead to the positive perceived CSR effort, thus giving support to the effectiveness of sustainability marketing for fast fashion retailers. Furthermore, purchase intentions are significantly influenced by perceived CSR effort, price value and brand equity. Originality/value - This study provides important input for practitioners by suggesting that they focus their managerial attention to sustainability and should also promote it through their positioning strategies carefully.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)853-867
Number of pages15
JournalSocial Responsibility Journal
Volume11
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 5 2015

Keywords

  • Consumer behavior
  • Fast fashion
  • Positioning strategies
  • Sustainability

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