Shopping online is going to boom. Retailers are now introducing in-store pickups, offering free shipping, and playing with social media. It is becoming difficult to tell who is a pure internet retailer and who with online platforms are bricks and mortar stores. All of them are reformulating how in the future we can shop online: through a mobile device, tablet computer, kiosk in the supermarket, etc.Kindly visit beastsellersreview.com to find more information.
In order to protect consumers, new regulations may be appropriate, but this would also adversely impact online shopping. Sales tax will have to be paid by internet retailers. In this post, we’ll talk about regulations later on.
More and more conventional retailers are, however, going for online sales. L.L Bean launched free shipping on all goods, Macy’s provides free shipping on $99 or more orders, Walmart acquired Kosmix social media site to develop their online business, and Toys R Us bought a new fulfillment center to support internet sales.
In-store delivery will be introduced by more and more retailers. Walmart has also begun providing in-store pick-ups for online orders. Checking home delivery are Sears and Kmart. Florida farm stores sell their shoppers online to order groceries and pick up at a drive through. Some smaller stores which also open designated pick-up locations for items ordered online (example Chronodrive).
People who own a smart phone can now use apps that allow them to make price comparisons or buy online coupons. But with this form of technology, we are just getting started.
New apps allow clients to upload video clips that model fresh cloths or use a new purchase. This is a new trait, so it will probably pick up quickly.
What about the power of social networks like Twitter and Facebook? You are able to “like” or follow a favorite retailer as a customer and get discounts on deals. As of March 2011, for example, 12 million customers “like” Victoria’s Secret on Facebook.
Social shopping is just getting started, says Jim Okamura (managing partner at Okamura Consulting). He notes that Facebook provides strong investment returns. There are still plenty of retailers, however, that have not yet taken this advantage.