With online shopping so popular these days, why are consumers electing to pick up the merchandise they’ve ordered at the store?
While it isn’t a pervasive practice, a study published recently by consumer analytics firm Connexity/Bizrate Insights finds that more than 30% of online shoppers have used in-store pick-up at least once during the past 12 months.
Even more surprising, perhaps, is that ~13% of respondents reported that they had considered abandoning a purchase because in-store pick-up wasn’t offered as an option.
As it turns out, people choose the in-store pick-up option for four major reasons:
- To avoid paying shipping charges: ~55% cited
- For the convenience: ~43%
- Need to receive the order quickly: ~36%
- Shopping online to ensure the item is available: ~29%
At first blush, I wouldn’t think that “convenience” means having to drive to a store versus having the product delivered right to the house. But perhaps “convenience” in this sense is related to product availability – avoiding a fruitless trip to the store only to find out after-the-fact that the desired product isn’t in stock.
But the other reasons cited make good sense, too. Everyone understands the desire to save money – if not on the product itself, then by avoiding shipping charges. And if a quick drive to the store gets you the items compared to waiting a few days for the shipment to arrive, that’s understandable as well.
The Connexity findings underscore how important it is for retailers to align their e-commerce setups to allow for in-store pick-up – especially if the economics don’t allow them to offer a free shipping option. There’s simply too much competition from online-only retailers to afford losing sale to them based on any of the four factors listed above.