Predicting online e-marketplace sales performances: A big data approach

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To manage supply chain efficiently, e-business organizations need to understand their sales effectively. Previous research has shown that product review plays an important role in influencing sales performance, especially review volume and rating. However, limited attention has been paid to understand how other factors moderate the effect of product review on online sales. This study aims to confirm the importance of review volume and rating on improving sales performance, and further examine the moderating roles of product category, answered questions, discount and review usefulness in such relationships. By analyzing 2939 records of data extracted from using a big data architecture, it is found that review volume and rating have stronger influence on sales rank for search product than for experience product. Also, review usefulness significantly moderates the effects of review volume and rating on product sales rank. In addition, the relationship between review volume and sales rank is significantly moderated by both answered questions and discount. However, answered questions and discount do not have significant moderation effect on the relationship between review rating and sales rank. The findings expand previous literature by confirming important interactions between customer review features and other factors, and the findings provide practical guidelines to manage e-businesses. This study also explains a big data architecture and illustrates the use of big data technologies in testing theoretical framework.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)565-571
Number of pages7
JournalComputers and Industrial Engineering
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2016


  • Big data architecture
  • E-business
  • Moderation effect
  • Product reviews

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science (all)
  • Engineering (all)


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