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Sorensen has made a career out of studying the way consumers behave in supermarkets. His research into their behavioral patterns includes inventing PathTracker, a system that tracks the motions of shopping carts and fitting test shoppers with specially designed glasses that record their field of vision every 3/25ths of a second, telling him exactly what they are looking at and for how long. It turns out there are three different groups of shopping excursions-quick trips, fill-ins and stockups-and Sorenson studies shoppers by behavior, rather than demographic. He exhorts retailers to forget the old system of making the shopper walk through a store, hoping they'll make impulse buys; instead, get them buying as quickly as possible and build momentum by putting products-particularly high frequency purchase items-directly in their paths. He cites such stores as Stew Leonard and Tesco as taking full advantage of new shopper research and provides interesting studies to back up his claims. While vastly informative-even from a sociological standpoint-the book comes across as too theoretical and academic for the general reader. (June)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.