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27 percent UK shoppers expect online personalisation instore - study

Tuesday 24 January 2017 | 11:59 AM CET

Not less than 27% of UK consumers now expect online personalisation to be mirrored in the physical environment when compared to a year ago (27% in 2016 compared to just 13% in 2015), a recent research study reveals.

Disconnected bricks-and-mortar experiences continue to disappoint omnichannel shoppers, according to the 'Omni Progress: Are stores getting better at delivering connected retail experiences?' report from iVend Retail, a global retail solution brand, suggests, bdaily.co.uk reports.

Despite retailers’ efforts to integrate the omnichannel experience, consumers are still disappointed by in-store encounters when compared to online. While 20% fewer UK shoppers felt that the store was outdated compared to online shopping than they did a year ago (20% in 2015; 16% in 2016), it seems retailers still have work to do when it comes to better integrating their on- and off-line offerings. The report identified two key areas where consumers felt there was the greatest room for improvement when it came to digitalising bricks–and-mortar: personalisation and convenience.

Accustomed to the high levels of personalisation they receive online, 59% of UK consumers felt that ecommerce experiences were more personal than those that take place in the store. Increasingly, connected consumers want retailers to have a single view of them, which holistically captures their value across all channels. For 2017, 18% of UK shoppers want retailers to leverage online data to provide a more tailored in-store experience, and 71% of UK consumers said they would happily share their purchasing history with a retailer if it meant they would receive a more customised experience in the store.

With 86% of UK consumers saying ecommerce was more convenient than bricks-and-mortar, shoppers want in-store experiences to be in line with the ease and speed with which they can shop online. While retailers have sought to drive levels of convenience with the implementation of online services, such as click-and-collect, customers were still experiencing frictions, such as long queues times for collecting parcels (12%).

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