By Sarah E Taylor-Oracle on Jan 24, 2013
Japanese findings delivered by The Evolution of Experience Retailing research were unveiled in Japan today by Steve Ouzounian, Group Vice President of Oracle Retail. Following last week’s announcement of the global research, this regional roll out revealed that consumers in the tough and mature Japanese economy provided some of the most extreme results contrasting significantly with global average responses.
The Oracle Retail research, conducted in August 2012, interviewed men and women between 18 and 60 years in Brazil, China, Germany, Japan, Russia, the UK and USA on their views to fundamental retail principles, including customer service, overall experience, preferences and shopping trends and attitudes to technology in the retail process.
These regional findings emphasise that while the Japanese may not be so keen to interact with the global market place at this stage, there is no doubt that it will infiltrate the local market in the future. Retailers also face challenges in engaging better with this group of consumers and facilitating seamless commerce anywhere fulfilment.
Some of the research findings indicated:
- 50% of Japanese consumers identify with the concept of there being no barriers to shopping in an online retail world, which was a much lower level than other countries surveyed
- More Japanese respondents want access to a single shopping basket across channels
- Japanese consumers are not as unforgiving as other regions, when faced with poor service, and although almost 60% would immediately transfer their custom to another retailer, they were less likely to broadcast a negative experience, particular on social media platforms
These results reveal that price, choice and availability are very important factors in the selection of a retailer, and the consolidation of commerce anywhere merchandising and inventory information combined with the support of efficient transaction systems to move products to fulfil consumer demand, is no longer optional, but rather a necessity.
Download Japan specific results from the research, as well as global results, at The Evolution of Experience Retailing website, where you will find a whitepaper as well as a range of other research resources.
Click here to access a Japanese language infographic, showcasing the results.