Alessio Trentin

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The consumer’s experience of self-customizing a product with a sales configurator can be a source of experience-related benefits for the consumer, above and beyond the traditionally considered utility of possessing a product that better fits his/her idiosyncratic needs. Although such experience-related benefits have been found by previous studies as(More)
Manufacturers that adopt mass customization are paying a growing attention to understanding not only how product customization can be delivered efficiently, but also how this strategy can create value for their customers. As reported in literature, the customer-perceived value of a mass-customized product also depends on the uniqueness and(More)
Firms offering high product variety and customization can paradoxically experience a loss of sales because customers feel overwhelmed by the number of product configurations offered. Sales configurators may be a solution for avoiding this paradox, but relatively few studies have focused on the characteristics they should have in order to overcome this(More)
Mass customizers often sell personalized products through online sales configurators, also known as mass-customization toolkits. Recently, a number of mass customizers have connected their sales configurators with social software applications. This is not surprising, as social software enables an interactive and socially rich shopping experience, which(More)
Literature has recently conceptualized five capabilities that a sales configurator should deploy in order to help avoid the product variety paradox, namely the risk that offering more product variety and customization to the market paradoxically results in a loss of sales. However, no studies have investigated the effect of such capabilities on the value(More)
Mass Customizers (MCs) often sell personalized products through Web Based Sales Configurators (WBSCs). Recently, a number of them have connected their WBSCs with Social Software Applications (SSAs). This is not surprising since SSAs provide an interactive and socially rich shopping experience, which makes shopping on WBSCs more similar to retail shopping(More)