Ways to Categorize Retailers

There are many ways retailers can be categorized depending on the characteristics being evaluated. For our purposes we will separate retailers based on six factors directly related to major marketing decisions:

  • Target Markets Served
  • Product Offerings
  • Pricing Structure
  • Promotional Emphasis
  • Distribution Method
  • Service Level

and one operational factor:

  • Ownership Structure

However, these groups are not meant to be mutually exclusive. In fact, in some way all retailers can placed into each category.

Benefits of Retailers
Retail Categories: Target Markets Served