Physical space and long-tail markets

RA Bentley, M. Madsen, P. Ormerod

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The Internet is known to have had a powerful impact on on-line retailer strategies in markets characterised by long-tail distribution of sales [1]. Such retailers can exploit the long tail of the market, since they are effectively without physical limit on the number of choices on offer. Here we examine two extensions of this phenomenon. First, we introduce turnover into the long-tail distribution of sales. Although over any given period such as a week or a month, the distribution is right-skewed and often power law distributed, over time there is considerable turnover in the rankings of sales of individual products. Second, we establish some initial results on the implications for shelf-space and physical retailers in such markets.
Translated title of the contributionPhysical space and long-tail markets
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)691 - 696
JournalPhysica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications
Publication statusPublished - 2009


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