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Deliverer Entering Person’s Home OK?

27 Nov

What do YOU think of this: A Deliverer Entering Person’s Home OK? Amazon believes many of its customers will love this practice. And that they will pay for it. But, critics say most people won’t want a stranger in their home if they are away.

We know most shoppers want convenience and speed in having products delivered. See Next-Day Delivery and Same-Day Delivery.   What’s Ahead for the Subscription Box Service?   Uber Eat(s) Setting Itself Up for Defeat?

People feel OK if home for deliveries and with packages left at their door. But, will they leave a key for a deliverer to enter their home?

 

Amazon Key: A New Form of Delivery

Powerhouse Amazon believes its new in-home delivery will be a big hit:

“Amazon Key is an exclusive service for Prime members. It radically improves the convenience of receiving deliveries. And it allows in-home delivery and secure home access for guests and others. Find out at https://www.amazon.com/key.”

Check out the video overview of Amazon Key.

And Amazon sees a bright future for this service. Look at the pricing strategy:

“Amazon Key works for for Prime members in select cities and surrounding areas. To get started, purchase the Amazon Key In-Home Kit, starting at $249.99. The kit includes Amazon’s indoor cloud camera and a smart lock.”

“As a Prime member, get Amazon packages delivered inside your front door. Plus, grant access to the people you trust. Such as your family, friends, dog walker, or house cleaner. No leaving a key under the mat.”

Amazon’s confidence springs from the huge number of Prime Members. And that number grows each year. And each quarter.

 Look at the number of Prime households! Deliverer Entering Person's Home OK?

For further information on Amazon Key, click the animated image.

Amazon Key. Deliverer Entering Person's Home OK? To Shoppers?
 

Is a Deliverer Entering Person’s Home OK?

To date, it seems most things Amazon touches turn to gold. But, will this be the exception? Would YOU subscribe to Amazon Key?

First, a lot of shoppers may find $249.99 pricey for the in-home kit. Second, Amazon does not yet know if shoppers trust in-home delivery.

In sum, consider these eMarketer observations:

“Amazon, Walmart, and shippers seek ways to get items past customers’ front doors. Their latest strategy —  to drop packages inside homes. Or, for groceries, inside fridges. But consumers haven’t bought into the concept. Yet. In a Recode survey, 5% of Prime users say they will definitely buy it. Yet, 58% definitely won’t.”

“The percent who’d buy was similar whether or not a person used Prime.”

Deliverer Entering Person's Home OK? To Shoppers? Survey Says NO!

 

Happy Thanksgiving. Black Friday Shopping Next?

23 Nov

We wish you Happy Thanksgiving. Now, we ask you a question. Is Black Friday shopping next?

 

Happy Thanksgiving. Black Friday Shopping Next?

 

And remember to look at our holiday shopping tips.

 

Black Friday Shopping Next?

Despite many shoppers avoiding Black Friday, millions are getting revved up. And they spend billions of dollars over Thanksgiving weekend. What about YOU?

Statista has two excellent infographics on Black Friday shopping. One covers the hours people shop. The other looks at impulsive shopping.

As Rebekka Keuss reports:

“A Statista survey on purchasing habits during the holiday season revealed that those participating in the Black Friday madness plan to make use of the many doorbuster deals, traditionally – is it a tradition already? – offered only during the early hours of the day. Being an early bird literally pays off, so that’s the logic of many holiday shoppers. Accordingly, pre-Black Friday advertising does too. So, if you don’t belong to the 47 percent planning to stay at home and you are looking for a new smartphone, some new swanky clothes or expensive toys for your kids, prepare to get up early; otherwise the Black Friday deals might be gone before you can make it to the stores.”

Black Friday Shopping Next? How early will you shop?
 
And Martin Armstrong notes:

“Eager deal hunters will be going out with specific purchases in their crosshairs. Once in the stores, however, there is always the chance of stumbling across a great bargain which proves just too good to resist. The results of the Statista Thanksgiving & Holiday Survey 2016 showed that the product types most likely to spontaneously jump off the shelves and into U.S. shoppers’ carts are clothing, consumer electronics, and games/toys. 43 percent of respondents said that they would make an impulse purchase of ‘clothing, textiles, or shoes if they saw a good offer on Black Friday.”

Black Friday Shopping Next? How are impulsive are you?

 

U.S. Consumers Start 2017 Holiday Shopping

20 Oct

It may be hard to believe. But many U.S. consumers have begun holiday shopping. And we are in October!! Let’s look at when some U.S. consumers start 2017 holiday shopping.

Here are some related shopping posts from past holiday periods.   Shopping List: Part 1.   Shopping List: Part 2.   Do Retailers Offer What We Want During Holiday Shopping?   Are YOU a Gift Splurger?

 

U.S. Consumers Start Holiday Shopping Earlier

Each year, U.S. consumers begin their holiday earlier and earlier. The main reasons? Pre-holiday discounts encourage shopping. Traditional Black Friday shopping is not as popular. Consumers can spread out their spending. And there are other reasons!!

Here are more insights from Peter Roesler, writing for Inc.:

“Tradition says the holiday shopping season starts after Thanksgiving. With Black Friday and Cyber Monday. This may be true for most U.S. consumers. Yet, more people now start shopping earlier. As much as people complain about seeing Christmas items on shelves too soon, data suggest there many shoppers do look for gifts before the ‘official start’ of the holiday season.”

According to a RetailMeNot study, nearly half (45 percent) of U.S. consumers say they will start shopping before November 1. In fact, many have already started. A quarter (25 percent) of  respondents said they planned to start before October. And 12 percent started holiday shopping this summer!!!!

“In the RetailMeNot survey, nearly three of five (59 percent) women said they planned to begin  holiday shopping before Black Friday/Cyber Monday weekend. This compares with less than half (48 percent) of men. Deals are important because consumers need to make the most of limited budgets. When asked how they would financially prepare, 47 percent of shoppers surveyed said they would like to save money in advance. 15 percent said they would work overtime ahead of the holidays. It’s easy to see why consumers would value anything that saves them money on gifts.”

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U.S. Consumers Start Holiday Shopping. Nearly Half of U.S. Consumers Have Already Started Holiday Shopping RetailMeNot survey reveals shopping trends for 2017 that can help business owners boost holiday sales.

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Top Shopper Priorities for Holiday Season 2017

Due to improvements in the economy, early forecasts point to a good 2017 holiday shopping season. Nonetheless, retailers still must be prepared for these question. What are shopper priorities?

Consider these comments by Stephanie Pandolph, for Business Intelligence. Also, look at the chart below.

In a survey of 8,000 consumers by Trustpilot, 62% of respondents listed price as the most important consideration for holiday shopping. Other top factors include customer service, shipping, and product availability. Retailers will need to have plenty of promotions to fully reap the benefits of this high-volume time. Price-conscious consumers are apt to wade through a large pool of seasonal deals.”

A survey by CPC Strategy sheds some light on how consumers factor in price when deciding where to shop this season. Nearly half said total price at checkout, including shipping, will be the most important factor when choosing retailer this holiday season. Customers also plan to price check while shopping in-store, with 32% saying they will research on Amazon and 23% turning to Google.”


 

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