Consumers online: intentions, orientations and segmentation

Jayawardhena, Chanaka and Wright, Len Tiu and Dennis, Charles (2007) Consumers online: intentions, orientations and segmentation. International Journal of Retail & Distribution Management, 35 (6). pp. 515-526. ISSN 0959-0552

Full content URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/09590550710750377

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Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to examine the purchase intentions of online retail consumers, segmented by their purchase orientation.

Design/methodology/approach – An e-mail/web survey was addressed to a consumer panel concerning their online shopping experiences and motivations, n=396.

Findings – It is empirically shown that consumer purchase orientations have no significant effect on their propensity to shop online. This contradicts the pervasive view that internet consumers are principally motivated by convenience. It was found that aspects that do have a significant effect on purchase intention are prior purchase and gender.

Research limitations/implications – There are two limitations. First, the sample contained only UK internet users, thus generalisations about the entire population of internet users may be questionable. Second, in our measurement of purchase intentions, we did not measure purchase intent per se.

Practical implications – These findings indicate that consumer purchase orientations in both the traditional world and on the internet are largely similar. Therefore, both academics and businesses are advised to treat the internet as an extension to existing traditional activities brought about by advances in technology, i.e. the multi-channel approach.

Originality/value – The paper adds to the understanding of the purchase orientations of different clusters of e-consumers.

Keywords:online shopping, Consumer purchase orientations, Consumer behaviour, e-consumer behaviour
Subjects:G Mathematical and Computer Sciences > G440 Human-computer Interaction
N Business and Administrative studies > N240 Retail Management
Divisions:Lincoln International Business School
ID Code:12959
Deposited On:15 Jan 2014 14:53

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