Disruption, panic buying, and pricing: A comprehensive game-theoretic exploration

Soltanzadeh, Shima
Rafiee, Majid
Weber, Gerhard Wilhelm
No one can cast a shadow on the disruption and customer buying behavior change, especially panic buying, as a result of it. Thus, designing scenarios to examine the influence of this situation on pricing decisions plays a pivotal role. This paper suggests new possible scenarios applying to disruption and panic buying situation. Three scenarios are proposed depending on the disruption, time of disruption, and panic buying. We employ an analytical game-theoretic approach to investigate substitute products pricing. The behavior of equilibrium market retail and wholesale prices is surveyed under different disruption and panic intensity levels. Also, we derive the optimal pricing strategy and ordering levels with disruption and time of it, product substitution, and panic buying. We present the figures and demonstrate the desired parameters can make a difference in measures rather than the scenario only. The results of our study can help operation managers to formulate efficient strategies to mitigate risks. Additionally, they can aid governments in handling unexpected customer behavior.
Journal of Retailing and Consumer Services
Citation Formats
S. Soltanzadeh, M. Rafiee, and G. W. Weber, “Disruption, panic buying, and pricing: A comprehensive game-theoretic exploration,” Journal of Retailing and Consumer Services, vol. 78, pp. 0–0, 2024, Accessed: 00, 2024. [Online]. Available: https://www.scopus.com/inward/record.uri?partnerID=HzOxMe3b&scp=85185167589&origin=inward.