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Radial Asks Consumers their Fulfillment Priorities, Affordability and Speed Top the List

Press Room

June 19, 2018

Millennials are raising standards for eCommerce delivery, retailers must heed their demands for modern eCommerce success

KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa., June 19, 2018 Radial, the leader in omnichannel commerce technology and operations, today announced the results of its global consumer insights study, "The Everyday Essentials of Successful eCommerce Fulfillment." The study surveyed more than 3,000 online shoppers in the United States, United Kingdom and Canada, to understand consumer attitudes as it relates to package delivery. The results revealed that over a third of global online shoppers, 39.7 percent, report challenges receiving their online orders and that issues tied to cost and speed were the biggest factors impacting satisfaction. 

Notably, Millennials who grew up during the age of eCommerce, surveyed more critically than older shoppers who may still consider online retail a luxury. Across all regions, respondents reported more than a 12 percent disparity in satisfaction between 18-24 year olds and those individuals older than 55. As Millennial attitudes indicate the shifting standards for the retail landscape of the future, it will be important for eCommerce companies to pay close attention to this group's expectations and prioritize their needs as they seek to gain market share.

The study explored a variety of elements that impact the delivery process, including cost, location, communications and more. Highlights from the study, include:

  • In the United States, 33.5 percent of 18-24 year olds reported frustration that it took too long to receive their online orders. This same group contended, at 20.6 percent, that high costs for priority delivery were not worth the convenience and 12.6 percent were concerned about their items being stolen.
  • Respondents across all ages and regions (74.9 percent for the U.S., 58.1 percent U.K., 62.3 percent Canada) prefer that their packages are delivered to their doorstep rather than options like providing access to their home, using a locker with a private access code or having a nearby proxy signer.
  • When it came to order status communications, most respondents expressed the need for proactive updates on the status of their order throughout the entire shipping process (44.1 percent for the U.S., 45.6 percent U.K., 41.6 percent Canada).
  • The largest percentage of respondents, an average of 36.8 percent, across all three locations prefer retailers that ship goods in environmentally-friendly packaging; with Millennials and Baby Boomers skewing the results in favor.
  • While convenience is a priority, only a small percentage of Americans (8.7 percent) said they would consider automated delivery if it was based on IoT tracking devices, but when the data was cut further, it was evident that Millennials are most willing to consider using emerging technology (35.2 percent) to order their packages based on need.
  • Nearly half of all respondents said they choose to pick up some of their goods ordered online in the store. The numbers were especially high in the U.K. (54 percent), followed by Canada (40.7 percent) and the U.S. (37.7 percent).
  • For those consumers who did opt for in-store pick-up, the biggest reason was to avoid expensive shipping costs (36.7 percent) followed by matters of convenience/delivery time (29.8 percent). Customers in Canada (34.7 percent) and the U.K. (45 percent) ranked convenience/delivery time first followed by concerns about shipping costs.

With affordability and speed as a reoccurring theme across all aspects of the fulfillment cycle, it's clear that retailers must take steps to ensure these offerings are not compromised as they build out their larger strategy. Things like environmentally-friendly packaging and location customization serve as nice-to-haves but should only be considered as supplementary benefits.

"Fulfillment is one of the biggest elements impacting customer experience today but unfortunately many businesses still approach it as an afterthought," said Sean McCartney, Executive Vice President of Operations Services, Radial. "To execute a successful door-to-door strategy, companies must shift their mindset to be channel agnostic, offer seamless execution and real-time communication across any commerce medium. It is essential to create a solid foundation through an integrated eCommerce framework that taps resources like artificial intelligence and machine learning to optimize delivery processes and deliver savings straight to the consumer."

Radial provides retailers with the tools they need to eliminate friction and deliver an exceptional customer experience. With a pre-integrated, modular stack of technologies and robust operational services, retailers are armed with the tools they need to meet mounting customer expectations and drive results for their top and bottom lines.  

To read the full eBook, please visit: https://www.radial.com/consumer-study-reveals-top-concerns-online-order-fulfillment-delivery  

About Radial

Radial Inc., a bpost group company, is the leader in omnichannel commerce technology and operations, enabling brands and retailers to profitably exceed retail customer expectations. Radial's technical, powerful omnichannel solutions connect supply and demand through efficient fulfillment and transportation options, intelligent fraud detection, payments, and tax systems, and personalized customer care services. Hundreds of retailers and brands confidently partner with Radial to simplify their post-click commerce and improve their customer experiences. Radial brings flexibility and scalability to their supply chains and optimizes how, when and where orders go from desire to delivery. Learn how we work with you at www.radial.com.

Media contact:
Cori Kendrick
PAN Communications for Radial