Clicks and Mortar: The Modernization of Boutique Retail to aid Rural Revitalization in Mississippi

Albert, Mary Linley (2019) Clicks and Mortar: The Modernization of Boutique Retail to aid Rural Revitalization in Mississippi. Undergraduate thesis, under the direction of Cynthia Joyce from Journalism, University of Mississippi.

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As ecommerce outlets boom, many brick and mortar stores cannot keep up and are forced to shut their doors. Rural retailers have been hit harder than any other segment by this supposed Retail Apocalypse. In the same vein, many previously online only businesses are opening brick and mortar locations. The purpose of this research is to understand the combined necessity of physical and digital commerce for businesses and lay out an omnichannel strategy, the Clicks and Mortar method, that is tailored directly to the needs of rural boutique clothing retailers. The methods used to gather research and data include primary and secondary research. In depth interviews with six boutique owners, 20 rural citizens, and multiple industry experts were conducted, as well as the retrieval and reading of scholarly journals and relevant news articles. This research concludes that rural boutique retailers who integrate or continue to integrate digital technologies and modernizations into their stores in four categories: online presence, instore experience, customer service, and convenience, will be sustainable as well as help stave the economic backslide in the rural communities in which they exist.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Creators: Albert, Mary Linley
Student's Degree Program(s): B.A. in Integrated Marketing Communications
Thesis Advisor: Cynthia Joyce
Thesis Advisor's Department: Journalism
Institution: University of Mississippi
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
Depositing User: Mary Linley Albert
Date Deposited: 04 Jun 2019 17:21
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2019 17:21

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