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Improvements are needed for Aussies to shop from new online categories

  • Written by Suka Junin


New research reveals that up to 60 per cent of online shoppers want a better internet experience, and cheaper delivery and returns if they are to increase their online purchases into new product categories. More than 40% of consumer have never purchased jewellery, hardware or appliances online.

 

The findings come from a survey of an independent, nationally representative panel of 1021 Australians – who shopped at least three times in the last six months – commissioned by leading parcel delivery service CouriersPlease (CP).

 

For 60 per cent of survey respondents, shipping and returns need to be cheaper if they are to purchase from product categories they have not purchased before. Over half (56 per cent) said products must be shown more clearly and realistically on the store’s website, while 53 per cent want easier returns.

 

Shoppers seem to be happy with existing payment processes, with just 17 per cent wanting to see improvements in this service. A quarter of respondents (25 per cent) want better online security upgrades.

 

It seems dispatch and delivery of goods have improved, with just 67 per cent of respondents happy with the flexible delivery options that are available to them.

 

If the above improvements are made, two thirds (69 per cent) of Aussies would buy items they have never purchased online before.

 

What products are consumer buying online the least?

The majority of Aussies (90 per cent) have purchased books, DVDs and stationery online, 83 per cent have purchased technology online, and 77 per cent health and beauty products. Meanwhile, 67 per cent of people have never purchased pets and animal products online. Forty-two (42) per cent have not purchased tools, hardware, motor parts, whitegoods or appliances. Forty-one (41) per cent have never purchased jewellery.

 

CP’s Head of Commercial and Transformation, Jessica Ip, says: “The findings reveal that consumers are more comfortable purchasing products they can inspect beforehand. As such, retailers will need to continue improving the online store, delivery and returns experience to enable consumers to be confident in their product choice before purchase. We’re pleased at CP that consumers are fairly happy with the flexible delivery options available to them. Even so, we are looking for new ways to continue improving the last-mile experience for them.”

 

Improvements retailers would need to make for consumers to buy from new categories online

Proportion of shoppers who want this improvement

Shipping and returns need to be cheaper

60%

Products needs to be shown more clearly and realistically on the retailer website

56%

Returns need to be easier

53%

Better sizing guides

43%

There needs to be a greater choice online

37%

More flexible delivery options are needed

33%

Online security needs to be improved

25%

Payment processes need to improve

17%

 

Product categories that Aussies have never purchased from online

Percentage of respondents

Pets & Animals

67%

Tools, Hardware & Motor Parts

42%

White goods & Appliances

42%

Jewellery

41%

Homewares & Furniture

34%

Flowers & Hampers

33%

Food & Alcohol

31%

Sports & Hobbies

28%

Fashion

25%

Health & Beauty

23%

Toys

23%

Technology items

17%

Books & DVDs & Stationery

10%

I have purchased all of the above online

5%

 

CouriersPlease (CP) is a leading courier and freight service that delivered nearly 18 million parcels in 2017 alone. CP offers a network of POPStation (Pick/Post your Own Parcel) parcel lockers comprising more than 3500 lockers in 45 locations and more than 1000 POPShop retail outlets to enable consumers and businesses to pick up or post their parcels more securely and out of hours. Owned by Singapore Post (SingPost), a leader in eCommerce logistics in the Asia Pacific and USA, CP’s international and domestic air services connect customers to over 220 countries.

Visit couriersplease.com.au.

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