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Etail 3.0 ecommerce is the new level of customer service and satisfaction that online retailers must aspire to, embrace and achieve to enjoy business success that will last into the next decade.
Online retail has moved on from simply undercutting high street retailers - etail 3.0 is the term now coined by business to describe the next wave of e-commerce development where online stores overtake their offline rivals.
Etail 3.0 heralds an era of seamless integration achieved across all business processes and IT systems end-to-end, enabling customers to interact perfectly via retail websites.
The UK e-commerce market is forecast to account for 20% of the country's £300 billion retail business by the end of this year. This is a figure that has been growing substantially year-on-year.
Despite one of the deepest global recessions in living memory, e-commerce is showing every sign of continuing a sustained and effective assault on the traditional shopping high street.
The new breed of successful etailers are primarily providing superior product ranges and great value for customers that cannot be found in shopping centres.
Mark Chapman, Fuse's e business marketing manager, said, "What is different now is that etail 3.0 allows online stores to surpass customer service and satisfaction that shoppers were used to in traditional bricks-and-mortar outlets.
"How can a website do that? It must create a better experience not available in town and city centres. Is this possible? In fact, many online stores are already succeeding on this new retail battleground."
As well as encouraging shoppers with familiar money-off promotions and discounted delivery, etail 3.0 stores are taking all that is good from Web 2.0 - collaboration on the web, user-centred design, improved communication, social networking and the like - and delivering a better experience than shoppers enjoy on the high street
Originally, the Internet was a linking medium used for research by government and academia. E-mail subsequently evolved from this embryonic communications channel, as did the worldwide web.
The building blocks of successful ebusinesses were separate pieces of technology - e-mail, search engine optimisation (SEO), direct marketing, shopping carts, customer relationship management (CRM), content management systems (CMS).
Now, the web and IT systems have now evolved to work together seamlessly, enabling retailers to respond rapidly to any customer demand and emerging market opportunities.
Well known etailers that are recognised to be ahead of the curve, as demonstrated by their successful e-commerce and IT operations, include Net-A-Porter, ASOS and Glasses Direct.
Each one of these is exploiting trends and niche retail areas and providing superior customer experiences that entice shoppers to spend online rather than waste precious leisure time hunting around Britain's high streets for what they want.
Using smart marketing and delivery methods, these etail 3.0 ebusinesses are overcoming the 'trying-on-clothes' complaint that is regularly trotted out about online stores. Combine innovation in this area with responsive customer service, and it becomes clear how these firms are trumping their offline rivals.
Fuse is an online agency that creates leading e-commerce and IT solutions for businesses and then combines them with world class marketing and search engine optimisation strategies to deliver business-winning websites.
For years, it has been developing, improving and managing websites that consistently deliver profitable results for companies and firms making the move to online retail and planning to grow their ebusiness operations.
To enquire about Fuse's etail 3.0 ecommerce services, call us now on 01243 523309, or make an online enquiry.