Strengthen your Online Retail Offering
How can retailers strengthen their online offering?
As physical stores began to open their doors, the demand for online shopping does not seem to be diminishing. Consumers are turning to e-commerce stores when seeking value, convenience and speed. For many customers marketplaces such as Amazon, offer a wide range of products in one place, with a service that is familiar, quick, and reliable. In a complex environment, how can retailers compete?
Marketplace v Retailers
Marketplaces are rapidly dominating the world of eCommerce and their revenue is expected to double by 2022. This isn’t surprising with half of UK’s online shoppers using marketplaces for their purchases.
Research conducted by Adobe also highlighted that UK shoppers are 4 times more likely to use marketplaces. Between March and June 2020:
- 57% of shoppers are buying from marketplaces versus only 13% from online retailer sites.
- Online shopper made 11 purchases from a marketplace versus 3 from an online retailer.
- 50% choose online retailers for their initial purchase versus 31% for marketplaces.
- Marketplaces are preferred for repeat purchases (47%) versus retailers (34%).
Although shopping through marketplaces offers convenience and reduced prices it can leave customers with buyer’s remorse. Sitecore’s survey found that 43% of UK shoppers wanted to decrease their Amazon purchases, citing low-quality products, limited choices, poor employment practices and wanting to support independent retailers.
Two-thirds (64%) of shoppers feel retailers don’t truly know them so start by understanding your customer and why they buy online.
Why are customers shopping online?
Statista’s Global Consumer Survey asked consumers what they considered good reasons to buy an item online. 64% responded with direct delivery to my home, 58% said cheaper prices, 54% said it offered a more convenient way to shop. Other reasons included greater product range, available round the clock and more possibilities to compare.
How are customers shopping online?
87% of shoppers say they start their hunt for a new product on digital channels. This isn’t limited to laptops, tablets and desktop/pc. 63% have used their smartphone to shop online in the last 12 months.
Rise of mobile eCommerce
Our mobile phones aren’t just for phone calls. They are used for messaging, social media, emailing and searching for goods:
- 85% Sending and receiving
- 81% Searching for goods and services
- 76% Internet banking
- 71% Messaging apps
- 70% Social media
- 87% of UK adults owned a smartphone in 2020
- On average, people check their phones every 12 minutes
- 46% use their smartphones more since the pandemic
Retailers would benefit greatly if they invested in a mobile app that shares offers, encourages loyalty, improves customer engagement and increases sales. In addition, email campaigns and a social media presence directing customers to retailer sites would also strengthen the m-commerce journey.
onus is on retailers and brands to find new ways to stand out.Peter Bell, Marketing Director, EMEA, at Adobe
Retailers must attract and retain customers by offering more than great products or services. Loyalty programmes and customised products are just a few ways to stand out from Marketplaces.
- 76% of Brits are currently members of loyalty programmes.
- 73% think loyalty programmes are a great way for brands and businesses to reward customers.
- 51% of consumers trust a brand recommendation from their friend or partner more than any other source of advertising.
- 59% of shoppers say they’re more likely to buy from brands that offer customised products.
- 17% of customers would abandon a purchase if a Click & Collect option was not available. Customers expect Click & Collect to feature as a standard delivery method when making online purchases.
- 40% of online shoppers used a subscription service in 2020. 47% said it was to save money and 41% said it was convenient.
Develop a referral programme suitable to your business and make it both easy and worthwhile, for your existing customers to recommend your brand.
Once retailers have gained customer insight and differentiated their brand, it’s time to implement their fulfilment strategy to meet demands and deliver to the end customer.
Meeting the demand
Online retailers must get their product to customers in the anticipated lead time to encourage repeat purchases. This requires warehouse facilities, shipping capabilities and return management.
Fulfilling the order
The surge in online shopping has seen a growth in the global e-commerce fulfillment market which is expected to expand at a compound annual growth rate of 6.5% from 2020 to 2027.
Revenue for warehousing and storage in the UK is also expected in increase, projected to amount to $26.05bn by 2024.
Why choose Whistl for your outsourced order fulfilment services?
Whistl’s outsourced order fulfilment services are tailored to support established brands and businesses receiving a minimum of 300 product orders a day. Whistl’s fulfilment services and managed support ensures product orders are delivered to your end customers, on-time for increased loyalty.
Whistl is the perfect order fulfilment partner for established brands and businesses. As a multi-channel fulfilment company, we can support all aspects of your product order needs, from business to consumer, business to business and even dropshipping. We create a partnership approach, with our flexible IT support and integrations ensuring transparency of stock and batch control.
National UK Fulfilment Centres
With our national fulfilment locations and a combined capacity of over 1.5 million square feet, we are the perfect partner to support your business and order growth. Our full account management support, combined with our cost efficiencies throughout the fulfilment process, delivers a fulfilment solution that fits your business needs.
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