In today’s world, the evolution of technology is king — creating new challenges for retailers to remain relevant and accessible to the equally evolving retail shopper. Constant connectivity, instant gratification and limitless resources create a need for retail shops to push beyond the traditional brick-and-mortar in order to cater to the rise in digital transactions. What once was a valued face-to-face interaction that formed a shopping experience, has quickly evolved into the need for an omni-channel purchase option with round-the-clock accessibility. According to the Pulse of the Online Shopper, a study by UPS, 4 out of 10 purchases are made outside of the store. That's a stat that's important to our CardPointe users who take advantage of the platform's omni channel solutions.
It can really be summed up in one sentence: Retailers need to provide an omni-channel purchasing solution to remain relevant in this space. An omni-channel solution provides customers with an accessible, integrated shopping experience at their convenience.
Don't miss our infographic below, that tells the story of the evolving retails shopper.
The first step to moving towards this experience is to look into your current payments partner and evaluate the platform provided. Is it conducive to the evolved shopper profile? If so, they will offer varied options such as: direct integrations, security and a suite of omni-channel solutions.
These features will allow your tech-saavy customer to seamlessly shop their way through any mobile, desktop or tablet device safely and securely. CardConnect takes pride in being able to offer retailers a complete integrated solution that facilitates all of the aforementioned sales channels.
PROTECTING YOUR CUSTOMERS
With potential fraud attacks always lurking in the shadows of the digital space, Retailers and their customers rely on their integrated payments provider to protect every transaction. CardConnect provides retailers with peace of mind by offering CardSecure an omni-channel protection feature that prevents fraud attacks. It is important to highlight that of the shoppers surveyed in the UPS Pulse, 33% stated they had concerns over security and 27% over privacy that prevented them from using digital payment options. While the brick-and-mortar will cater to those not quite ready to shift over to a digital transaction, don’t let security be a reason why the potential sale is lost.
As a retailer, you’ll want to decide which sales channels are most favored by your customers, and then find a way to support and integrate those checkout options into your business operations as seamlessly as possible. If you want to explore how CardPointe makes that possible, please get in touch and one of our support specialists will get back to you.
If you want dig deeper into the motivations and actions of the evolved shopper, you can check out the entire study: UPS Pulse of the Online Shopper™.
Below, we've also got a snazzy infographic to show you how the retails shopper has been evolving over time.