01/09/18

How Retailers Can Close More Sales This Year

The U.S. retail industry will reach $5.2 trillion in 2018, says The Future Of Retail 2018, a report released by BI Intelligence in early December. That’s up from $4.7 trillion in 2015, $4.9 trillion in 2016, and $5.1 trillion in 2017.

The report also revealed that mobile makes up most e-commerce growth and will soon account for half of all online sales. In 2017 Americans spent an average of 2 hours and 51 minutes accessing the internet on their phones, more than on any other device.

So how can retailers close more sales this year?

Offer a Shopping App

85% of the time Americans spent accessing internet on their phones was using apps. A survey by market research company Clutch found consumers use shopping apps for the following reasons:

The BI Intelligence report stated that, despite the preference for apps, only half of customers make online purchases in apps. One reason is many apps take a long time to load and consumers won’t wait 
more than five seconds. More than half of consumers abandon purchases on mobile.

As a result, many retailers are missing a big opportunity. One way some retailers have reengaged consumers on apps is through push notifications – retailers who used them saw the completion of 9.6 times more purchases and had an average 16% higher order value, according to research from Leanplum.

Improve the Online Experience

The 2018 Retail Trends Report from AllianceData looked at how brands can meet the expectations and demands of connected customers. Suggestions included:

Even with the importance of online shopping, retailers need to keep their physical stores relevant to customer needs. Understanding how, when, and why customers use physical locations is a way for retailers to identify opportunities that influence store design, products, and services. Stores can then give customers a compelling reason to visit by creating experiences that tap into emotions.

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About the author

Carol Wiley
Carol Wiley started her writing career as a technical writer for Boeing. Since then, she's written blog posts, case studies, white papers, and more for businesses large and small. These days, Carol is a regular contributor to Lendio News. Carol has a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from University of Virginia and both an MBA in Finance and Certificate of Technical Writing from University of Washington.

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