With the threat of showrooming waning, retailers are facing a new challenge: webrooming. This poses a threat to retailers if people webroom on their sites, but purchase at a competitor’s store. But the practice can also be an advantage for retailers if they can find ways to lure webroomers to their own stores.
If showrooming was a holiday trend to watch in 2012, then webrooming – wherein consumers do their research online and then head to the store to actually make a purchase – is the one to watch this holiday season. Here’s how consumers responded to a pre-Cyber Weekend Harris Poll on the two retail trends.
Millions of consumers will use their smartphones as an integral part of their holiday shopping experience. According to this infographic from Sparked, winning the mobile commerce game is not simply about tactics during the holiday season. It’s about building relationships, loyalty, and mutual interactions throughout the year.
Integrating in-store, online and mobile shopping channels is the best thing retailers can do in order to improve the shopping experience according to half of the respondents of the recent Seamless Retail Study by Exolevel. The study found that 89% of consumers said it was important for retailers to let them shop for products in the way that is convenient for them, no matter which sales channel they choose.