Sustainability trends and consumer perceived risks towards private labels
The present paper explores differences between perceiving consumer risk towards products under private labels (PPLs) versus products under manufacture brands (PMBs) on Russian metropolitan markets (St. Petersburg, namely). The research model (Model RFID) designed taking into account the direct and indirect influence on the said risks from a set of factors relevant to buying decisions. The theoretical and practical consistency of the model tested by relevant statistical tools. Some limitations of the research are presented, as well as recommendations for brand managers aimed at overcoming traditional and strong (though decreasing) PPL risks among Russian consumers. It has been hypothesized that as the private brand phenomenon continues to evolve, a further change in branding strategy should be greening private brands to make them more competitive. Directions and goals for future research concerning the relationship between private labels understood as sustainable brands formulated in brief.