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Where Offline Trumps E-commerce


M-commerce is the new e-commerce. This isn’t exactly news, of course, but what IS interesting is how many consumers still prefer brick-and-mortar, and more importantly, why.

According to eMarketer, mobile shopping increased in the last quarter of 2017 by a solid 40%, and is expected to grow by more than 30% this year. Yet there are a number of areas where offline trumps online, resulting in new store openings and massive remodels.

It’s About Time



Unless a shopper gets same-day delivery, waiting for an order to arrive remains a consumer pain point.


Basically, shoppers want stuff and they want it now!





How You Doin’?



There’s also an emotional element. The feeling of walking out of a store with a bag of new clothes – well, you just can’t compare that to waiting 5-7 days for delivery. It’s the feeling that puts a spring in your step and a little smile on your face.

Help, I Need Somebody!

We all need a little help sometimes, whether it’s to get the right size while you’re in a fitting room trying on a great pair of jeans, or comparing slight differences in color on some throw pillows. Whatever it is, there’s just no substitute for personal service. It’s simply not the same on a screen, no matter how sophisticated a chat bot or AI tool may be.


Returns

As retailers’ exchange and return policies have evolved with pre-printed shipping labels and other improvements, it still takes time. A consumer must be home for pickup and wait for the retailer to receive the item back and issue a credit. Major players like LL Bean and even the behemoth that is Amazon have cut back on accepting returns.

Brick-and-mortar is the clear winner here. A shopper walks in to the store, makes the exchange or return, and presto! – it’s done.


Sometimes, simplicity is the answer.


#mobile #offline #brickandmortar #returns


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