Online, offline, back to online... the future of shopping has never been more exciting, paths-to-purchase notoriously unpredictable.
The recent and ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has added a level of complexity. There has been a surge in digital shopping in many geographies for example – convenient and safe. At the same time the yearning for social contact has never been stronger; bricks and mortar outlets still have an important role to play.
This interplay between evolving e-commerce options – an amazingly efficient but potentially slightly scary world – and the emotional reassurance of face-to-face shopping has been around a while.
We explored this and other key shopper topics in an exploratory qual-quant shopper study, conducted in 2017.
There were four key areas of interest: the role of human interaction in world of highly efficient online shopping; how online is catching up with offline as a source of shopper inspiration; the trade-offs consumers are willing to make when sharing their data; and how the fascination with all things local can be combined with online options for a potent new mix.
The study may be a few years old, but the results are still surprisingly relevant to today’s challenges on understanding the consumer decision journey.
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