A new report from consultancy firm Accenture says that retailers who deliver on their customers’ expectations and provide a seamless shopping experience – whether shopping in-store, online or via a mobile device – will gain a competitive advantage that drives sales. The research also reveals that consumers expect consistency across all channels, especially when it comes to price and promotions.
Based on a poll of 750 US consumers, the Accenture Seamless Retail Study found that 49% of consumers believe the best thing retailers can do to improve the shopping experience is to better integrate in-store, online and mobile shopping channels, whilst 89% said it is important for retailers to let them shop for products in a way most convenient for them.
Almost all respondents found in-store shopping easy, with three quarters reporting the same about their online shopping experience. However, only 26% found shopping via a mobile device to be straightforward.
Price remains the key determining factor in a consumer’s purchasing decision, with 72% of respondents putting it at the top of their list as the main motivator for an online purchase. The research also reveals that price consistency is key for a retailer to deliver a seamless shopping experience, with 73% of consumers expecting online pricing to be the same as a retailer’s in-store pricing and 61% expecting promotions to be the same across both channels.
The report further underlines the growing trend for showrooming, with 73% of respondents stating they had browsed in-store and purchased online. An even greater number of respondents (88%) said they had participated in ‘webrooming’ – browsing first on the Internet to research before buying in-store.
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