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Factors affecting consumer acceptance towards omnichannel approach with reference to supermarket sector

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H. Y. D. Peiris ,

University of Sri Jayewardenepura, LK
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Department of Marketing Management
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V. G. P. Lakshika,

LK
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R. M. K. S. Rasanjalee

Sri Lanka Technological Campus, LK
About R. M. K. S.
Faculty of Management Studies
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Abstract

The revolutionary development of technology has evolved the retail world drastically in recent decades in terms of using digital and physical platforms to provide unique experiences to consumers. Consumers prefer moving seamlessly between physical and online channels according to their time, convenience, choice, etc. Omnichannel approach is a novel approach that aims to provide seamless experience to consumers by using both online and physical channels. All the channels are integrated to provide the same experience through any touchpoint. By using Omnichannel approach companies target the same consumers via different channels to provide a unique experience. The purpose of this study is to understand factors affecting consumer acceptance towards an Omnichannel approach and the study has been conducted with reference to supermarket sector. A quantitative study was conducted with 256 employed individuals in the Colombo district of Sri Lanka, and a self-administered questionnaire was used, with data analyzed using Structural Equation Modelling (SEM) with AMOS. The results of the study indicated that perceived usefulness and compatibility have a significant positive impact, while the perceived ease of use, cost and risk do not have a significant impact on consumers’ behavioral intention to use an Omnichannel approach. Perceived compatibility is the salient factor out of selected variables. This study contributes to academic research by shedding light on this novel phenomenon, as well as to businesses operating in the supermarket sector by drawing numerous implications for developing their omnichannel strategy.
How to Cite: Peiris, H. Y. D., Lakshika, V. G. P., & Rasanjalee, R. M. K. S. (2021). Factors affecting consumer acceptance towards omnichannel approach with reference to supermarket sector. Journal of Business Studies, 8, 81–104. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/jbs.v8i0.68
Published on 15 Dec 2021.
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