Survey spotlights what’s most important to this new breed of shoppers
Cologne (Germany) and Bangalore (India), January 10, 2015: A study released today by Mindtree provides critical insights into the evolution of the “phy-gital” shopper and the kinds of shopping experiences and features that would encourage them to shop more. These phy-gital shoppers have a world of information at their fingertips and they’re just as comfortable shopping online as they are in a retail store.
The independent study, “Discover the Phy-gital Shopper: A Survey by Mindtree,” found that these high-expectation shoppers combine online and in-store experiences in whatever way is most convenient or efficient for them. Their behavior has flipped the traditional supply and demand model. With today’s connected shopper, demand now discovers supply. At the hint of a need, this new breed of shopper interacts with various media and devices to find what they want. The paradigm shift is fueled by new technologies such as cloud apps, machine intelligence and connected smart devices. The opportunity is there for retailers to meet these shoppers at the critical moments across all media, devices and channels—and to offer a remarkable experience that makes them stand out in the marketplace.
The study surveyed 430 consumers across Germany, asking them to rate different online and in-store features across apparel and grocery/home supply segments. Although shopper preferences and desires differed somewhat by market segment, five broad themes emerged that retailers will find useful:
Doug Stephens, Retail and Consumer Futurist; Founder of Retail Prophet said, "Until recently we have tended to view the dynamic between the web and physical stores as binary, with one format winning out over the other. This clearly isn't true. We will see ecommerce become increasingly physical, tactile and immersive, and the in-store experience significantly more web like, connected and data-rich. In fact, technology is rapidly driving the evolution of both formats. In time, the lines between the two formats will become so blurred it will be difficult to know if the retail experience we've just had was digital or physical."
Ralf Reich, Mindtree’s Business Head for DACH region, said, “Although apparel shoppers exhibit the strongest phy-gital tendencies, it’s only a matter of time before the same is true across all segments. German shoppers have seen that technology can make their lives more efficient. Retailers that meet those expectations are the ones who will grow in this new landscape. Obviously there is no one-size-fits-all approach, but retailers would be wise to do a comprehensive assessment of their omnichannel readiness to win over these new shoppers.”
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