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The Changing Retail Industry

Consumer expectations of digital shopping experiences have dramatically shifted.

Gone are the days when consumers measured and compared a brand’s digital experience to those of its competitors within the same space. Today, consumers are comparing retail brands with the very best digital experiences across completely different industries.

Digital experiences are a brand’s most valuable currency in 2021, but they fit into a larger omnichannel experience that needs to be seamless and add value to the consumer at every turn.

Retail brands that understand their consumer are the ones most likely to get this experience right - and ultimately grow and thrive.

Digital-first behaviors are not expected to go away. Over half of North American consumers say they make an online purchase at least once per week.

Scott is responsible for making sure that all of Appnovation’s clients get the most inspired products and services. As a member of Appnovation’s Board of Directors, he also leads an internal culture where teams think big and thrive. Powered by a deep commitment to creative thinking and a passion for developing breakthrough, growth-driving strategies, he’s mentored Fortune 500 companies on their own digital journeys for more than two decades.

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Brands need to understand that their consumer experience is going to be compared to other digital experiences outside of their vertical on a regular basis. The digital world has become the great equalizer of brand experience and that means that your retail experience will be judged against those created by the greats like  Apple, Google and Facebook regularly.

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There is room for improvement. Only one in five consumers rate the current digital experience offered by retailers as ‘Excellent’, indicating that retailers could be falling short of their consumers’ expectations.

What’s important in a retail experience varies among generations. Gen Z values ease of the experience above all else (34%), while Millennials and Gen X value things like price and value (35% and 48% respectively). 

Brands can differentiate in the experience. Many features that customers value - like price and value - are arguably table stakes. Where a brand can truly differentiate is in the value-added experience created for its shoppers.

The future is digital-first. Consumers expect that the future of retail is more digital and more personalized, with 85% of consumers indicating they believe new features will be added to the retail digital experience soon.

To get CX right, you must first understand what the customer values.


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