European Consumers Want Choices And Convenience When Shopping Online
Social and Mobile Integration, Shipping Options and Flexible Returns Drive Brand Loyalty
London, September 26, 2013 - comScore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world, and UPS (NYSE: UPS) today released the UPS Pulse of the Online Shopper™ Europe Study , a report analyzing what online shoppers are looking for in the customer experience – from pre-purchase to purchase to delivery and returns. The study touches on mobile trends, social media impact and the integrated buying experience of shopping in physical stores and online – also known as omnichannel retailing.
Results show consumers want more choices when it comes to shopping online, more control over when and where their purchases will be delivered, and a convenient returns process. Consumers are using social media to shop for the best deals and expect more shipping options from e-tailers.
Earlier this year, comScore asked more than 5,500 online shoppers in six European countries (Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom) about their online shopping habits and experiences. The study, which included more than 1,000 UK respondents, asked consumers what leads them to abandon their shopping carts and what motivates them to recommend retailers to friends, providing insight to help retailers increase sales. For example, 47% of UK consumers said they would be more likely to shop with a retailer if they could buy online and collect the item in-store, while 58% want the ability to buy online and return items in-store.
Mobile and social channels continue to change the way consumers shop. Almost half (45%) of UK shoppers who use a smartphone and 64% who use a tablet also make online purchases on their devices – 49% said they are less likely to comparison shop when using a retailer’s mobile app as opposed to a mobile website. At the same time, more than half of UK consumers interviewed have “liked” a brand on Facebook, while 88% of those consumers pay attention to social media updates from retailers.
“Consumers in Europe and across the globe have a growing number of digital touch points, with more ways to stay connected with their favorite online retailers through every phase of the shopping, buying and fulfillment process,” said Susan Engleson, comScore senior director. “What will set apart one retailer from another in a competitive marketplace is how well they meet the rapidly evolving needs and expectations of customers.”
Choices and Convenience
Shoppers in the UK expect to see delivery options and total costs early in the purchase process. Flexibility is also important with 45% of UK consumers surveyed wanting more flexibility to choose a delivery date and 35% wanting improved options for collecting packages at a convenient retail location.
Not surprisingly, UK consumers value visibility, with almost all (96%) saying tracking a purchase is essential or nice to have. Also, 69% want to track their packages through e-mail alerts and 63% want the ability to track shipments directly on a retailer’s website.
“As consumers in Europe move more of their shopping online, their expectations of what retailers should offer continue to grow,” said Gunnar Adalberth, business development director, UPS UK. “Today consumers expect online retailers to provide a robust and complete omnichannel shopping experience. UPS is positioned to help UK retailers, large or small, develop innovative logistics solutions that make them successful with their online customers.”
According to the report, returns can help drive sales and improve customer satisfaction – 38% of online shoppers in the UK said that ease of returns/exchanges is an area requiring improvement, 58% said they review a returns policy before making a purchase, and 60% stated they would shop more with a retailer if they offered a hassle-free returns policy.
To download a copy of the report and infographic please visit: www.ups.com/onlineshopper2013/uk
About UPS Pulse of the Online Shopper: A Customer Experience Global Study
The global study is based on a comScore survey of more than 14,000 frequent online shoppers in the U.S., Europe, Asia, Australia, Mexico and Canada. Click on this animated map to learn more about each region.
comScore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR) is a global leader in digital measurement and analytics, delivering insights on web, mobile and TV consumer behavior that enable clients to maximize the value of their digital investments. For more information, please visit www.comscore.com/companyinfo.
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