Kronos: Consumers expect seamless omni-channel shopping this season

Chelmsford, Mass. -- It only take an average of 2.2 negative experiences for  Americans to stop purchasing from a retail brand -- across any channel, according to a new survey commissioned by Kronos Inc. Underscoring the urgency of a seamless omni-channel experience, 68% of Americans agree that a negative shopping experience within a single channel negatively impacts their perception across all shopping channels including physical stores, online, mobile, phone centers, and catalog.

The survey, titled “Holiday 2013: Top Trends to Watch,” conducted online by Harris Interactive, confirms growing evidence that shoppers will make purchasing decisions leveraging multiple channels this season. Sixty-six percent of respondents said that they will order online and ship to home or offices – and 25% noted that they will order online and pick up at stores.

“The margin of error when it comes to customer satisfaction and brand loyalty is continually shrinking and the new survey puts some hard numbers around this disposition in retail,” said Liz Moughan, director, retail and hospitality practice group, Kronos The combination of the government shutdown, a Millennial population to appease, and the need to get a handle on omni-channel could make this holiday season a difficult one for many retailers. Fortunately, many have embraced the power of omni-channel and are well positioned to capture the wallets of consumers not just during the holiday season, but keep shoppers loyal to their brand well into the future.”

In other survey findings:    

  • Regarding factors that contribute to positive shopping experiences across all channels, the top three as identified by American consumers as being at least somewhat important are: inventory availability (98%); speed of delivery and pick up (96%); and sales associate interaction (90%).
  • Seventy-nine percent of Americans who shop in stores believe that interaction with knowledgeable, friendly sales associates while shopping, picking up an online order, or even returning an item, are at least somewhat likely to make them purchase an additional item, beyond their original intended reason for going to the store.
  • Millennials are especially influenced by negative experiences; 78% of Minnenial men and 80% of Millenial women are likely to completely stop shopping at a retailer as a result of a negative shopping experience across any channel.

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