A Critical Evaluation Of Multi-Channel Retailing In The Uk Today

Contents

1.0 The current retail environment
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1.1 Pestel Factors
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1.2 Porters 5 Forces Analysis
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2.1 Successful Multi-Channel Retailers
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2.2 Success Stories
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2.3 Channels Working Together
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3.0 Important aspects of being a Multi-Channel Retailer
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3.2 The right Channel for the right Company
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3.1 The Target Customer
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4.0 Conclusion
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5.0 Referencing
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5.1 Bibliography
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1.0 The current multi-channel environment

A report by the Information Technology consultancy company Chateris recently cited the most popular four retail channels in the UK (See Figure 1, below). These included the internet which dominates sales channel for retailers at the moment (Chateris, UK Multi-Channel Retailing Report, 2006) . The internet is followed closely by stores. Also important are call centers and catalogues. There are three other sales channels used now, of which in-store kiosks are currently the most important for retailers, with many retailers planning to use them in the future. M-commerce (the use of mobile phones for selling and promotions) is predicted to have sizable growth in the future as is selling via Digital Television. Multi-channel retailing is already fairly complex, with up to four of the most popular sales channels used by many retailers. In the future customers are likely to be offered even more choice when the newer sales channels, such as m-commerce, kiosks and digital TV become more widespread.

Figure 1: Sales Channels in use in the UK 2006

(Chateris, UK Multi-Channel Retailing Report, 2006) .
According to Richard Howlay (Online Retail Comes of Age (again), 2006) the UK was found to have the ...
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