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A DISSERTATION REPORT ON

CONSUMERS PERCEPTION ON ONLINE SHOPPING

Submitted for the partial fulfilment of award of Master of Business Administration Academic Session- (2009-11)

SUBMITTED TO: Prof. Neha P. Shrotiya

SUBMITTED BY:Shikha MBA (2009-2011) Roll No. 0903870045

Institute of Technology and Science-Management & IT Institute, Mohan Nagar, Ghaziabad

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT
I dedicate this page to all those who have silently or actively left indelible mark on my project report, so that they may give credits which richly deserve. Talent & capabilities are of course necessary but opportunities & right guidance is two very important backups without which any person cannot climb the ladder for success. Proper guidance and direction is required in order to achieve the goal & making optimum of each & every opportunity. It is my great privilege to have summer training in such an estimated business. I am thankful from the core of my heart & express my feeling of gratitude and acknowledgement to my Project Mentor Prof Neha P. Shrotiya whose constant support and faith in me always motivated me and their knowledge and brilliance has pulled me out of doldrums in this project. Mundane words are not enough to express our insufficient to express our indebtedness towards Dr. Raghvendra Dwivedi, Chairperson (MBA) and Dr. Tanushree Sharma, Coordinator (MBA), ITS Ghaziabad whose

enormous assistance helped me in the completion of project.

Shikha MBA IV sem 0903870045

ABSTRACT
The growing use of Internet in India provides a developing prospect for online shopping. If E-marketers know the factors affecting online Indian behavior, and the relationships between these factors and the type of online buyers, and then they can further develop their marketing strategies to convert potential customers into active ones, while retaining existent online customers. This project is a part of study, and focuses on factors which online Indian buyers keep in mind while shopping online. This research found that information, perceived usefulness; ease of use; perceived enjoyment and security/privacy are the five dominant factors, which influence consumer perceptions of online purchasing. A model was developed indicating online shopping behavior and

acceptance among customers in India. The model was tested with a survey sample (n=100). Factor analysis technique in SPSS was used to classify these factors which buyers keep in mind while shopping online.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

CHAPTER - 1

INTRODUCTION

1.0 INTRODUCTION

Internet is changing the way consumers shop and buys goods and services, and has rapidly evolved into a global phenomenon. Many companies have started using the Internet with the aim of cutting marketing costs, thereby reducing the price of their products and services in order to stay ahead in highly competitive markets. Companies also use the Internet to convey, communicate and disseminate information, to sell the product, to take feed back and also to conduct satisfaction surveys with customers.

Customers use the Internet not only to buy the product online, but also to compare prices, product features and after sale service facilities they will receive if they purchase the product from a particular store. Many experts are optimistic about the prospect of online business.

In addition to the tremendous potential of the E-commerce market, the Internet provides a unique opportunity for companies to more efficiently reach existing and potential customers. Although most of the revenue of online transactions comes from business-to-business commerce, the practitioners confidence. of business-to-consumer commerce should not lose

It has been more than a decade since business-to-consumer E-commerce first evolved. Scholars and practitioners of electronic commerce constantly

strive to gain an improved insight into consumer behavior in cyberspace. Along with the development of E-retailing, researchers continue to explain E-consumers behavior from different perspectives. Many of their studies have posited new emergent factors or assumptions that are based on the traditional models of consumer behavior, and then examine their validity in the Internet context.

1.1 ONLINE SHOPPING IN INDIA The birth and growth of Internet has been the biggest event of the century. E-commerce in India has come a long way from a timid beginning in the 1999-2000 to a period where one can sell and find all sorts of stuff from a high end product to a meager peanut online. Most corporations are using Internet to represent their product range and services so that it is accessible to the global market and to reach out to a larger range of their audience. Computers and the Internet have completely changed the way one handles day-to-day transactions; online shopping is one of them. The Internet has brought about sweeping changes in the purchasing habits of the people. In the comfort of one's home, office or cyber cafe or anywhere across the globe, one can log on and buy just about anything from apparel, books, music and diamond jewellery to digital cameras, mobile phones, MP3 players, video games, movie tickets, rail and air tickets. Ease, simplicity, convenience and security are the key factors turning the users to buy online.

E-commerce revenues in the country are projected to reach Rs 2,300 crore in the year 2006-07, growing at 95 per cent over 2004-05(Source: Internet and Mobile Association of India, IAMAI). This pertains to the business-toconsumer (B2C) segment. It may be too early to do a comparison with the e-commerce scenes in countries such as the US where billions of dollars are spent online but the business in India is growing exponentially every year, albeit from a smaller base, the total revenues have reached a respectful size. 1.1.0 Recent Developments The number of users logging on to the Internet is growing by leaps and bounds. The number of Indians who are online is expected to touch to 100 million by 2007-08, from the present 38.5 million according to the research conducted by IAMAI. The numbers indicate a growing sense of comfort with the use of Internet for shopping. Accompanying this growth, there is an increasing maturity in the way people use the Internet. It's a classical curve. Online users typically start by using e-mail, gradually move on to browsing for news, information and entertainment, and finally graduate to shopping and conducting business online. Online sales have registered a huge jump and what was a concept five years ago is now beginning to hit the mainstream levels. Roughly 10 percent of the world's population more than 627 million people have shopped online at least once, in India it is just sprouted and beginning to perish. Internet is now going beyond the simple exchange of information to a shopping paradise.

This medium is far bigger than expected, but many retailers and marketers are not using it to its full potential. Indian customers are increasingly getting comfortable with online

shopping, and there is a higher acceptability for the concept. India has 25 million Internet users and more is now turning to online shopping. There has been an influx of online shopping sites in India with many companies hitching onto the Internet bandwagon. The revenues from online shopping are expected to more than double by 2006-07. According to IAMAI, the average number of transactions per month in India has gone up from 2 lakh in 2003-04 to 4.4 lakh in 2004-05 and has doubled to 7.95 lakh transactions per month in the year 2005-06. The online sales during the festival season had increased rapidly especially during Diwali and Ramzan which recorded a sales of Rs115 crore, a 117 per cent increase from the Rs53 crore in the year 2004-05(source IAMAI). These figures clearly show that online shopping has truly come of age and consumers are keen to shop on the net. Effective customer communication on products plus reduced shipping costs and timely delivery has helped online marketers to seize a slice of the Rs 115 crore sales. Online shopping has become the latest trend among shoppers. Indians are becoming more comfortable with e-commerce. The consumers attitude has been evolving towards online purchases. It has become increasingly positive over the years. The attitudes that drive people to shop online, such as convenience, price comparison and choice are improving tremendously in India.

Though a miniscule amount in the global context, the Indian online shoppers population would make its presence felt quite remarkably. The potential of the Indian e-market can be gauged from the fact that 16 percent of Indian consumers want to buy online in the next six months, making it the third most online-potential country after Korea (28 percent) and Australia (26 percent) (Source:IMRB). This is an indication of a growing breed of Indian consumers who are not only better equipped but also more confident of the online transactions. Indian businesses have also grown mature enough to move up the IT curve and they are considering Business to consumer (B2C) e-commerce a viable revenue model. Some of the companies that have benefited are baazee.com, indiatimes.com,

rediff.com, indiamart.com, fabmart.com, traveljini.com and sifymall.com. Indiamart.com has witnessed a growth of more than ten times in just two years in its online gifts domain. In the online travel domain, the company was able to generate an average $8,000 worth of room bookings/month for its premium client. It is expected to touch $15-20,000/month/client by the year-end, which is over 100 percent growth (Source:Indiamart). Brickand-mortar businesses are also building up e-commerce revenues. In the year 2005-06 Samsung India recorded a 120 percent jump in online buying from its site over the year 2004-05 (Source: Samsung). Nirulas witnessed more than double growth in its B2C e-commerce revenues in the year 2005-06 and is positive for the next one to two years (Source: Nirulas). Companies like eBay India have seen a large increase in the number of sellers and buyers from B and C cities and in a year the eBay community (buyers and sellers) base has increased to 1.7 million users, which shows

that more Indians are shopping online (Source: eBay). Online sales are currently marked by a single digit growth, but the leading garment retailers like Pantaloon, Shoppers Stop and Globus have already made business strategies to enter into the world of e-retailing. Famous apparel brand Zodiac has already started online stores. The main motive of these retailers through online sales is to reach the global markets and the small towns where they do not have the outlets. Thus the India's Internet shopping sector is preparing for a massive growth, which is fuelled by increasing broadband usage and growing e-commerce. 1.1.1 Online Activities The Internet has entered the mainstream consciousness over the past decade. This has happened primarily because the web has got a graphical interface and Internet has moved from governmental control to private hands. The activities which are happening on the Internet are email and instant messaging, general web surfing or browsing, reading news, hobby searches, entertainment searches, shopping and buying online, medical information searches, travel information searches, tracking credit cards, and playing games. Communication i.e. email, chat or instant message is the basic activity for which Internet is used. It is the single most important reason for people to go online. E-mail provides the opportunity to communicate more often with a much broader circle of people than one can reach by telephone or by mail in a convenient way. In India too email constitutes the major

activity on the Internet. It was found that more elderly people are increasingly using email as compared to the younger generations. In India the top five online activities are e-mail, surfing, chatting, search and job search. Some of the sites, which are commonly used for these particular activities, are:
Yahoo -Most preferred communication portal, tops for email and chat Indiatimes Best event and sports news provider.

Naukri-Best recruitment portal Google-Best information domain Shaadi-Best for matrimonial services eBay-Best online shopping portal (Source:IAMAI) In India online trading, travel, recruitment, ticketing, real estate,

classifieds and social networking are a few spheres ripe for investment. 1.1.2 Employment Today online job search market is expanding tremendously. According to IAMAI the number of online job seekers had reached 6.5 million in 2005-06 and is expected to across 9.2 million in the year 2006-07. The market size of the Indian online recruitment industry in 2005-06 was 145 crore and it is estimated to reach Rs 241 crore for 2006-07 (source IAMAI) this is mainly because of the increase in the internet penetration which has lead

to an increase in the users for whom net has become a convenient way to meet their needs. Every year thousands of graduates pass out and look for employment opportunities, for these job seekers Internet is the most convenient (24 hour a day) and the comprehensive medium to research and look for jobs. Internet is advantageous to both the job seekers (saves time and cost) and to the recruiters (easy access to the best talent pool) as a result there is a win a win situation. 1.1.3 Banking & Trading The net banking is increasing and it is estimated that 4.6 million Internet users are using Internet for banking purposes and it is expected to grow to 16 million plus by 2007-08 (Source IAMAI). Trading stocks is also becoming a fast booming activity amongst the Indians. The traders feel that trading through Internet is not that cheap but the convenience provided by online trading is worth the costs involved. Traders can keep a regular check on various stocks and it is easier to compare them. They can not only buy and sell stocks but can also find the track record of various stocks, do technical analysis, can access live news from international news agencies such as Reuters, CNBC and can find opinions from other leading brokers which help them do decide whether to buy or sell. More and more traders today are making the immense use of these services, which shows that there is a huge potential in this sector. 1.1.4 Matrimonial As the popular adage goes, "Marriages are made in heaven" but today with so many matrimonial portals in the market they help one find the

best match for themselves. Some of the popular marriage portals are shaadi.com, bharatmatrimony.com, Yahoo India matrimony, MrnMrs.com, Matricorp.com and jeevansaathi.com. These marriage portals have increased because there is a rise in the career orientation among youngsters and increasing work pressures have resulted in less time for socializing. These youngsters are becoming more independent and are now making their own decision in respect of choosing their life partners. The marriage portals provide them the medium to interact with the people who match their required profiles. These portals not only help in finding a better match but also provide with services of astrologers, decorators, wedding planners and caterers thus providing a whole lot of services in one basket. More Indians are registering to these matrimonial portals and there seems to be a huge growth in the coming years. 1.1.5 Online Ticketing The growth in the online travel business today is phenomenal. The Indian online travel business is worth $350-400 million and is growing at 40-50 per cent year by year, as the online population of the country is estimated to be 25 millions (Source:IMRB). There has been a significant increase in online ticket booking in India with a double-digit growth, which has also lead to an increase in Indian tourism. This growth in the travel industry has definitely leaded to the increase in the travel portals. The scope for growth is immense in this sector as more Indians are using the Internet.

Travel sites like MakeMyTrip.com (MMT) has been growing at about 20 per cent month-on-month, for the last four months, selling 1,400 tickets a day on an average (Source: MakeMyTrip.com). The online bookings in India was mainly stared because of the low cost carriers like Air Deccan which sells most of it tickets online. The revenue of the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) has also increased phenomenally because of the online ticketing. The advantages of online ticketing are both for providers and for consumers as the providers benefit from infrastructure cost while for users it is a convenient way to book tickets. Thus Internet has become an indispensable part of life and has reduced the world to a global village. Many corporates are getting into this bandwagon, as there seem to be a humongous growth in the coming years. Airline, cinema, hotel bookings, etc are all increasingly going online. The future of online business is bright therefore companies are providing more convenient services to the consumers and thereby changing their mindsets and attitudes towards life. It is a fact that a great online shopping revolution is expected in India in the coming years. There is a huge purchasing power of a youth population aged 18-40 in the urban area. If we observe the growth of Indian online transactions (Info by: IAMAI), it is getting doubled year by year. The usage of internet in India is only 4% of the total population. This is also getting increased day by day as the costs of computers are decreasing and net penetration is increasing. The cost of internet usage is

also getting lower, with good competition among the providers. Wi-Fi & Wimax is also getting tested in Bangalore and other cities in India. This will increase the usage as it goes more on wireless internet. Indians are proving every time that they can beat the world when it comes to figures of online shopping. More and more Indians are going to online shopping and the frequency of Indias online buying is crossing the overall global averages. 1.1.6 Factors That Boost Online Shopping in India

Rapid growth of cybercafs across India Access to Information The increase in number of computer users Reach to net services through broadband Middle-class population with spending power is growing. There are about 200 million of middle-class population good spending powers. These people have very little time to spend for shopping. Many of them have started to depend on internet to satisfy their shopping desires.

1.1.7 Few Facts about Online Shopping The figures from IAMAI show that the internet users in India will grow to 200 million by 2010. Around 25% of regular shoppers in India are in the 18-25 age groups, and 46% are in the 26-35-year range.

Indian online matrimonial sector is worth around $230 million. Worldwide e-commerce is only growing at the rate of 28%, since India being a younger market, the growth of e-commerce is expected at 51% in the coming years.

In line with global trends finally India has also started shopping online these days. As per the study by IAMAI online shopping in India has rose from $11million in 1999-2000 to $522 million in 2008 and it is expected to rise above $700 million by end March 2010.

Indians are also Shopaholics like other Asians. There is a strong booming young adult population in India with good levels of disposable income.

In India - Over $50 Billion and growing rapidly - Most popular online shopping products include: books (45%), electronic gadgets (42%), railway tickets (38%), accessories apparel (35%), apparel (35%), gifts (34%), computer and peripherals (32%), airline tickets (28%), music downloads (21%), movie downloads (21%), hotel rooms (22%), magazines (18%), tools (16%), home appliances (16%), toys (16%), jewelry (17%), movie ticket (15%), beauty products (12%), health and fitness products (12%), apparel gift certificates( 11%) and sporting goods (7%). There are over 120 million people online in India and this is expected to grow to 200 Million by the end of 2010.

CHAPTER - 2

LITERATURE REVIEW

2.0 LITERATURE REVIEW


The current literature on consumer online purchasing decisions has mainly concentrated on identifying the factors which affect the willingness of consumers to engage in Internet shopping. In the domain of consumer behavior research, there are general models of buying behavior that depict the process which consumers use in making a purchase decision. These models are very important to marketers as they have the ability to explain and predict consumers purchase behavior.

The

classic

consumer

purchasing

decision-making

theory

can

be

characterized as a continuum extending from routine problem-solving behaviors, through to limited problem-solving behaviors and then towards extensive problem-solving behaviors [Schiff man et al., 2001].

The traditional framework for analysis of the buyer decision process is a five-step model. Given the model, the consumer progresses firstly from a state of felt deprivation (problem recognition), to the search for information on problem solutions. The information gathered provides the basis for the evaluation of alternatives. Finally, post-purchase behavior is critical in the marketing perspective, as it eventually affects consumers perception of satisfaction/dissatisfaction with the product/service. This classic five stage model comprises the essence of consumer behavior under most contexts. Nevertheless, the management of marketing issues

at each stage in the virtual environment has to be resolved by individual E-marketers. Peterson et al. [1997] commented that it is an early stage in Internet development in terms of building an appropriate dedicated model of consumer buying behavior. Decision sequences will be influenced by the starting point of the consumer, the relevant market structures and the characteristics of the product in question. Consumers' attitude towards online shopping is a prominent factor affecting actual buying behavior. (Source: Jarvenpaa Journal of Electronic Commerce Research, VOL. 6, and NO.2, 2005)

Todd [1997] proposed a model of attitudes and shopping intention towards Internet shopping in general. The model included several indicators, belonging to four major categories; the value of the product, the shopping experience, the quality of service offered by the website and the risk perceptions of Internet retail shopping. In the research conducted by Vellido et al. [2000], nine factors associated with users' perception of online shopping were extracted. Among those factors the risk perception of users was demonstrated to be the main discriminator between people buying online and people not buying online.

Other discriminating factors were; control over, and convenience of, the shopping process, affordability of merchandise, customer service and ease of use of the shopping site. In another study, Jarvenpaa et al. [2000] tested a model of consumer attitude towards specific webbase stores, in

which perceptions of the store's reputation and size were assumed to affect consumer trust of the retailer. The level of trust was positively related to the attitude toward the store, and inversely related to the perception of the risks involved in buying from that store. Jarvenpaa et al. [2000] concluded that the attitude and the risk perception affected the consumer's intention to buy from the store.

Consumer risk perceptions and concerns regarding online shopping are mainly related to aspects involving the privacy and security of personal information, the security of online transaction systems and the uncertainty of product quality. Trust is interwoven with risk [McAllister, 1995]. One of the consequences of trust is that it reduces the consumers perception of risk associated with opportunistic behavior by the seller [Ganesan, 1994]. Lack of trust is frequently reported as the reason for consumers not purchasing from Internet shops, as trust is regarded as an important factor under conditions of uncertainty and risk in traditional theories.

Mayer et al. [1995] developed a model which combines traditional marketing philosophy on consumer motivation to buy and the trust model. In this model, trust propensity; which is a personality trait possessed by buyers; is an important antecedent of trust. In Internet shopping, there is not much information available to the buyer regarding the seller, prior to purchase. A buyer with a high propensity to trust will more likely be a potential customer than a buyer with a lower propensity. Mayer et al.

[1995] proposed that ability, benevolence and integrity constitute the main elements of trustworthiness. Ability refers to skills, competencies and characteristics that a seller has in a specific domain. In this context, sellers need to convince buyers of the competence of their companies in the Internet shopping business. Benevolence is the extent to which the seller is perceived by the buyer as wanting to do well. Sellers have to convince buyers that they genuinely want to do good things for buyers, rather than just maximize profit.

CHAPTER - 3

PROJECT PROFILE

3.0 PROJECT PROFILE


3.1 Objective of the Study The objective of this research study is to investigate online consumer behavior, which in turn provides E-marketers with a constructional framework for fine-tuning their E-businesses strategies. The specific objectives of this research are: 1. To know the consumers awareness and perception about the

products and services provided on internet. 2. To know how it provides products and services and satisfies their

customers. 3. To know how it reduces the uncertainty in purchase decision

process.

3.2 Scope of the Study 1. The Study was conducted among the Internet users. 2. The Geographical area covered was Sec-18 Noida, Sec-29 Noida, Cannaught place, Karol Baugh, Delhi. 3. The Study was based on a Schedule of Questions.

3.4 Rationale of Study

Selling on internet has a large potential due to the very high targeting possibilities As a result of this exceptional development, the online selling industry is becoming interested in the use of internet to reach their customers. Hence a better understanding of online shopping is critical to the effective use of this channel of approach to the consumer. It is especially important to know what is the consumers perception towards online shopping, benefits perceived by them and what factors attract them towards online shopping.

CHAPTER - 4

RESEARCH METHODOLOGY

4.0 RESEARCH METHODOLOGY


4.1 Research Objective To know and understand the consumers perception and awareness about internet marketing/ shopping. This will help to know the attitude and perception of consumers towards online shopping and what are the factors which shape the consumers perception towards online shopping. Also what are key concerns from the point of view of consumer while online shopping.

4.2 Determination of information needs and sources The following was the information required: What is consumers attitude towards online shopping? What are the key concern areas for consumers while online

shopping? Which factors shape the consumers attitude towards online

shopping? How has been recent shift taking place in online shopping?

4.3 Research Framework

Eleven different factors were identified by studying the existing models of consumer attitudes(Refer Annexure 1, 2) that play an important role in online purchase, then a model was proposed leading to online shopping. The data was collected only through Questionnaires. The sample size was 100. And random sampling was done among the internet users. 4.3.1 Proposed Model After examining the 10 empirical studies, we identify a total of eleven interrelated factors for which the empirical evidences show significant relationships. These ten factors are perceived usefulness, perceived ease of use, perceived enjoyment, information on online shopping, security and privacy, quality of internet connection, attitude towards online shopping, intention to shop online, online shopping decision making, online purchasing, and consumer satisfaction. Six (perceived usefulness, perceived ease of use, perceived enjoyment, information on online shopping, security and privacy, quality of internet connection )are found to be ordinarily independent and five (attitude toward online shopping, intention to shop online, decision making, online purchasing, and consumer satisfaction) are ordinarily dependent variables. Consumer satisfaction is considered to be a separate factor in this study. It can occur at all possible stages depending on consumers involvement during the online shopping process. The relationships between

satisfaction, attitude, intention, decision making and online purchasing are proposed to be two-way relationships due to the reciprocal influences of

each on the other. In addition, three of the antecedents, perceived usefulness, perceived ease of use, perceived enjoyment , have been found to have direct impact on consumer satisfaction. Perceived Usefulness Perceived usefulness is defined as the degree to which a person believes that using a particular system would increase his or her job performance. It is an important factor affecting acceptance of an information system, because the ultimate aim of any person is the superior job performance. Perceived Ease of Use This is an important factor that affects the acceptance of a particular information system. It is defined as the degree to which a person believes that using a particular information system would be free of effort. Hence an application perceived to be easier to use would more likely be accepted by the user. Perceived Enjoyment Enjoyment refers to the extent to which the activity of using a computer is perceived to be enjoyable in its own rights. This is seen as an intrinsic source of motivation to use a particular application. Amount of Information Amount of information is defined as the information which is available for the product which a person wants to buy through online shopping. This factor eases the decision of the user to actually buy the product or not, or

which product to buy. This factor becomes even more important in case of High Involvement product. Security and Privacy Security and privacy are the main factors which hinder the growth of online shopping. The user is concerned about his ID and Password which can be stolen by persons with wrong intentions and then misuse it. At the same time they are concerned that their personal information may be sold to the third party which poses a serious threat to their privacy. Quality of Internet Connection Not only is the presence of internet connection necessary but also its Quality is important to shop online. This is an important factor which determines whether the user would shop online or not because presence of internet is a basic necessity for this mode of shopping Attitude and perception towards online shopping Consumers attitude and perception toward online shopping have gained a great deal of attention in the empirical literature. It is believed that consumer attitudes will affect intention to shop online and eventually whether a transaction is made. It refers to:1) The consumers acceptance of the Internet as a shopping channel 2) Consumer attitudes toward a specific Internet store (i.e., to what extent consumers think that shopping at this store is appealing). Intention to shop online

Consumers intention to shop online refers to their willingness to make purchases in an Internet store. Commonly, this factor is measured by consumers willingness to buy and to return for additional purchases. The latter also contributes to customer loyalty. Consumers intention to shop online is positively associated with attitude towards Internet buying, and influences their decision-making and purchasing behavior. In addition, there is evidence of reciprocal influence between intention to shop online and customer satisfaction. Online shopping decision making Online shopping decision-making includes information seeking,

comparison of alternatives, and choice making. The results bearing on this factor directly influence consumers purchasing behavior. In addition, there appears to be an impact on users satisfaction. Though it is important, there are only five studies that include it. According to Haubl and Trifts (2000), potential consumers appear to use a two-stage process in reaching purchase decisions. Initially, consumers typically screen a large set of products in order to identify a subset of promising alternatives that appears to meet their needs. They then evaluate the subset in greater depth, performing relative comparisons across products based on some desirable attributes and make a purchase decision. Online purchasing

This is the most substantial step in online shopping activities, with most empirical research using measures of frequency (or number) of purchases and value of online purchases as measures of online purchasing; other less commonly used measures are unplanned purchases Online purchasing is reported to be strongly associated with the factors of personal characteristics, vendor/service/product characteristics, website quality, attitudes toward online shopping, intention to shop online, and decision making (Andrade 2000; Bellman et al. 1999) Consumer satisfaction It can be defined as the extent to which consumers perceptions of the online shopping experience confirm their expectations. Most consumers form expectations of the product, vendor, service, and quality of the website that they patronize before engaging in online shopping activities. These expectations influence their attitudes and intentions to shop at a certain Internet store, and consequently their decision-making processes and purchasing behavior. If expectations are met, customers achieve a high degree of satisfaction, which influences their online shopping attitudes, intentions, decisions, and purchasing activity positively. In contrast, dissatisfaction is negatively associated with these four variables (Ho and Wu 1999; Jahng et al. 2001; Kim et al. 2001).

Information on online shopping Security & Privacy

Attitude towards online shoppin g

Intention

to shop online

Decisio n Making

Online
Purchase

Perceived Usefulness Perceived Ease of use Perceived Enjoyment

CONSUMER SATISFACTION

4.4 Data Collection Method4.4.1 Primary Data It is original primary data, for specific purpose of research project. For this project, I have to use following common research instrument or toolQuestionnaire- Questionnaire development is the critical part of primary data collection method. For this I will prepare a questionnaire in such a way that it will be able to collect all relevant information regarding the project. The questionnaire was designed using various scaling techniques. The questionnaire was used mainly to test the model proposed for consumer perception towards online shopping. Likert five point scales

ranging from Strongly Agree to strongly disagree was used as a basis of Questions. The data collection was done over a period of 8 weeks This was done by going directly to the respondents or through mails. 4.4.2 Secondary Data It will be collected to add the value to the primary data. This may be used to collect necessary data and records by different websites, magazines, annual reports, journals, reference books, and newspapers, etc.

4.5 Sample Design 4.5.1 Sample Unit For studying consumer perception on online shopping, samples were selected from Delhi (East). 4.5.2 Sample Media The respondents in the samples are reached through personal interviews. 4.5.3 Sampling Methods Sampling methods fall under two broad categoriesa) Non-probability sampling methods. b) Probability sampling methods. 4.5.4 Sample size- 100 4.5.5 Research place- NCR region 4.5.6 Sample Design I have prepared this project as descriptive type, as the objective of the study.

CHAPTER - 5

DATA ANALYSIS

5.0 DATA ANALYSIS


The objectives of the research were studied with respect to a regular online shopper who shopped more than once because they would be the right respondent to give an insight about the online shopping. Therefore it is firstly important to understand who is a regular online shopper. In the survey the respondents where asked the following questions which helped to know about a regular shopper. I Have you purchased anything online ever? Fig. 1 Total Purchase Online

NO 35%

YES 65%

The research showed that 65% of the Internet users had shopped online while 35% had not bought anything. This is mainly because of the changing lifestyle and taste patterns. As the life is getting more and more fast paced more people are moving on to shop online mainly because of convenience. This shows that a more Internet users are using it as a shopping medium and there is a huge potential in this sector but one should not be carried away by this figures. There could be a possibility that only a small section of the online shoppers are shopping or only a

particular category of good had brought about this huge number. As a result the entire analysis was done in case of a regular online shopper to understand the shopping behavior of the online shoppers.

The following question helped to understand who is a regular online shopper among the 65% who had indulged into online shopping. II How frequently did you purchase online? Fig. 2 Frequency of Online Purchase

80% 70% 60% 50% 40% 30% 20% 10% 0% Only Once 12%

74%

5%

9%

2-4 times

5-6 times

More than 6 times

This helped to understand the purchasing behavior of the online shoppers. It was seen that 14% of the online shoppers had shopped more than five times and 74% had shopped 2-4 times. The frequency shows the acceptance of Internet as a shopping medium. Though only a small amount of the online shoppers had purchased more than 6 times but still there is a huge opportunity in the Internet arena. The 65% of the online

shoppers who had shopped more than once were considered as regular shopper and the entire analysis was based on these regular shoppers.

5.1 The Internet Usage It is necessary to study the amount of time spend by the regular shoppers on the world wide web because this would give us clear picture as to understand whether usage and time spent by the regular online shoppers has an effect on online shopping or not. Fig. 3 Online Shopping & Internet usage by years

90% 80% 70% 60% 50% 40% 30% 20% 10% 0% Less than1year 13years 35years 2% 6% 14%

78%

More than 5years

The diagram shows that shopping has increased with the usage of Internet over the years. Regular shoppers who have been using Internet for more than one year had shopped to 98% and regular shoppers who have been using Internet for more than five years have shopped to 78%. Internet is not a new concept for these regular online shoppers and they have been using it for more than 5 years now. The increased usage over the years

has lead to an increase in shopping, as these regular shoppers are able to make use of the various e-commerce activities. Fig. 4 Online Shopping & Internet usage by hours a week

40% 35% 30% 25% 20% 15% 10% 5% 0% 0-5 hours a week 6 - 10 hours a week 11 - 15 hours a week 16 - 20 hours a week 4% 12% 20% 28%

36%

More than 20 hours a week

The research shows that 36% of the online shopping had been done who use Internet for more than 20 hours a week and 96% of the shopping has been done by regular shoppers who have been using Internet for more than 5 hours a week. As more the regular online shopper are using the Internet it is seen that they end up buying more also. This shows that Internet is becoming an integral part of the daily activity of the regular online shopper. The regular online shoppers who have been using Internet for more than 20 hours are more comfortable and confident as a result they purchase more online as compared to who use Internet for less number of hours. The study shows that the growing usage of Internet has lead to increase in online shopping as seen above. There is a positive relation between increase usage of Internet and online purchase. The marketers should

capture this enormous growth, which can be brought by the penetration of broadband and lowering the prices of computers. Thus increase in usage of Internet over the years and the more time spent has lead to an increase in shopping. But one needs to know whether online shopping is an integral part of regular shoppers or not this understood as follows. 5.2 The web online activity The following classifications are done to study the online activities in case of a regular online shopper. Fig. 5 Online Activities

10% 20% Finance Shopping

32% Communication

14% Entertainment

24% Inf ormation Gathering

The Internet offers four basic services communication (socializing service with peer group or core group (email) or with new groups of people (chat), information services, entertainment services and commerce services and shopping. The research shows 32% of the regular online shoppers use Internet for communication while only 10% uses it for shopping which shows that communication still forms the major activity among the regular online shoppers.

Fig. 6 Online Activities by Age

70% 60% 50% 40% 30% 20% 10% 0%


communication Information gathering Finance Shopping

18-30 years 31-40 years 41-50 years above 50 years

This classification further provides an insight that Internet is mainly used as a means of communication in respect all the age groups of the regular online shoppers. It contributes to 60% of the major activity among the regular online shoppers who lie between the age group 18-30 years. It could be seen that shopping as a basic activity on the Internet contributes to the minimum. Internet as a medium of shopping is maximum used by regular online shoppers between the age group18-30 years, which is 18% while above 50 years it is used just to 2%. The increase in usage among the 18-30 years is basically due to high awareness. The marketers should focus mainly on the age group between 18-30, as they are the main drivers for growth. Thus the research shows that though the regular shoppers are using the Internet for quiet some time now but shopping still remains a small part of the major activity

Fig. 7 Online Activities by Time

90% 80% 70% 60% 50% 40% 30% 20% 10% 0%


0-5 hours 6-10 hours 11-15 hours 16-20 hours more than 20 hours

Comm unication Inform ation Entertainment Finance Shopping

It is evident that regular online shoppers also spend a major part of their time in communication unlike the occasional online buyers. In 0-5 hours a week they spend 77% of their time in communication, which includes email, and chat as the major activity with shopping which does not seem to exist at all. Information search constitute 20% of the time. The information search increases as the regular online shoppers tries to figure out ways to surf the Internet and access the information they require. It is true that more regular online shoppers use Internet shopping sites to gather information about products rather than to make a direct purchase.

But it is to be noticed that as the time spend increases communication falls and other activity picks up like entertainment and finance. One could see from the graph that between 16-20 hours a week communication falls further but information search also falls as the regular online shoppers

becomes more focused in their information search rather than wandering aimlessly in the Internet space. They continuously use search engines for routine information needs. The time spent on entertainment increases marginally to 18%. As the people spend more time it has been seen that activities like shopping and finance related needs increases. The regular online shoppers who use the Internet for more than 20 hours a week has shown that they have indulged into more shopping i.e.10%. It is true that as the regular online shoppers spends more time on the Internet there is a possibility that they would end up buying more as they are ease with the use of internet. Increased usage of Internet is positively related to the buying behavior on the Internet. Analysis-It is true that increase in internet has lead to an increase in the online shopping as 78% of the online shopping has been done by the regular online shopper who have been using internet for more than five years and 36% of the online shopping have been done among the regular shopper who uses the Internet for more than 20 hours a week. Thus increase in usage of Internet has lead to an increase in online shopping. But shopping still constitute a small amount of the major activity on the internet as 32% of the regular online shoppers uses Internet for communication while only 10% uses it for shopping. Communication still constitutes the major activity on the Internet. 5.3 Demographic Factors Online behavior is affected by demographics i.e. by gender, education and income.

5.3.1 Hypotesis 1. More male Internet users are frequent online buyers than female Internet users. 2. Regular online buyers are better educated than occasional online buyers. 3. Income is higher in case of a regular online shopper than occasional online buyer.

Fig. 8 Online Shopping & Gender

28% Female

72% Male

Among the 65% of the online shopping, males (72%)had purchased more as compared to women (28%). This shows that it is true that more males are shopping online as compared to women. This is mainly because women still like to feel, see and touch the product before buying. It was noticed that some of them felt shopping as a reason to go out with the family and spend time together, which was not possible in case of online shopping. As more and more Indian women are flocking to Internet there is a possibility that they might end up in a purchase. Also an increase in the spending power in the hands of the women might lead to an increase

in the online shopping. The research showed that 28% of the women who shopped online fall mostly in the service and executive class with an income above Rs10,000. The marketers should make sure that they produce the item keeping in mind the needs of the women population as they still continue to be an important decision maker when shopping for the family. Fig. 9 Online Shopping & Educational Qualification

3% Non Matriculate

8% Matriculate

54% Postgraduate

35% Graduate

Educational difference is a significant demographic variable, which shows that regular shoppers who were better educated made more purchases online. 89% of the shopping has been done by the regular shopper whose is educated with a graduate or postgraduate degree. This shows that frequency of purchase is more in case of a higher educated regular shopper as compared to a online shopping done by a regular online shopper with matriculate (8%) and non matriculate (3%).

Fig. 10 Online Shopping & Income

40 35 30 25 20 15 10 5 0 Student

38

21 14 8 1 3 5 2
Service/Executive

less5000 5000-10000 10000-25000

15 11 5 1 1
Business

above25000

1 1

Others

Income and buying behavior are positively related. It was seen that a regular online shopper with a higher income had purchased more online as compared to lower income online shopper. This trend was seen in all segment of the population. It is true that more the income in the hands of the population they would indulge in shopping. The service class had done the major purchase in all the various levels of income. It can be seen that hardly any purchase is done among the regular online shopper whose income lies below Rs5000. Analysis-Thus three hypotheses stated were true in case of the regular online shopper and it can interpreted that online shopping is effected by demographics like gender, education and income levels. Among the 65% of the online shopping, males (72%)had purchased as compared to women (28%). There is a positive relation between education and income of the online shoppers. 89% of the online shopping was done among the regular

shoppers who were educated with a graduate or postgraduate degree compared to 11% shopping who were matriculate and non-matriculate. A 60% of the shopping was done by the regular shopper who had income more than Rs 25,000 than 40% who had income less than Rs.25,000. 5.4 Motivating & Satisfaction Factors To identify the factors which Internet users choose to buy or not buy online and how frequently they make such purchases. Analyzing the importance of satisfaction level in the online purchasing environment. 5.4.1 Hypothesis Consumers who make frequent online purchases are higher in

convenience orientation than those who purchase occasionally. Fig. 11 Online Shopping & Motivating Factors

7% Product Comparison 32% Convenience

26% Saves Time

12% Superior selection 23% Price

It is believed that consumers whether online shoppers or non-online shoppers value price to convenience but the study contrast this popular belief. The study showed that 32% of the shopping had been done by the

regular shopper who think convenience is the main driving force while 23% of the shopping had been done for whom price was the main orientation for shopping online. Other motivating forces, which had lead to online shopping, were saves time (26%), product availability and superior selection (12%), and product comparison (7%). Convenience here is characterized as ease of purchase, home delivery and ability to shop 24x7. These factors motivate the regular online shopper to buy over the Internet and regular online shoppers who value convenience are more likely to buy on the web, as compared to occasional online shoppers. Every connection is a potential for net shopping. Therefore the companies should attract and retain its regular online shoppers, as the Internet is a tangled jungle of web sites, which is possible at a click of a mouse. They should design strategies and develop products keeping in mind the convenience factors. Fig. 12 Barriers to Shopping Online

7% 9% Unfamiliar Others

33% Privacy & Security

14% Hassle of returning

16% Lack of Customer Service 21% Inability to touch & feel

The main areas for concern in respect of the regular online shoppers while shopping were privacy and security (33%). Most of them still preferred the conventional method of shopping like the touch and the feel factor (21%).

They felt that it is possible to see, feel, touch and try the products before buying in a shopping store as compared to Internet shopping. Other reasons that concern the regular online shoppers were inability to reach the customer service (16%), hassle of returning the product (14%), technical foul ups, hesitant in purchasing from an unfamiliar source and person and delivery costs. The marketers should formulate such strategies so that the privacy and security concern can be taken care off. Fig. 13 Convenience- The Motivating Factor

80% 70% 60% 50% 40% 30% 20% 10% 0% 12% 5% Only once 2-4 times 20% 5% More than 5 times 9% More than 6 times 27% 48% 74%

purchase convenience

It has been seen that there is a positive correlation between the frequency of purchase and the convenience factor for buying in the Internet arena. The regular online shopper who had purchased more than 6 times (9%) for them convenience is the most important motivating factor (48%)for shopping on the Internet. Convenience has been characterized as ease of purchase, home delivery and ability to shop 24x7. The online shopper believes that large amount of information about the product and the ability to compare prices is available at a click of a mouse thus making the

entire shopping experience very convenient. Thus the marketers to should keep the convenience factor in mind while providing the goods and services. 5.4.2 Satisfaction Index It is important to understand the satisfaction level among the regular online shoppers, which had lead to online shopping. This could be understood by the satisfaction index and the frequency of purchase among the shoppers. Fig. 14 Satisfaction Index

12% Dissatisfied

2% Highly Satisfied

31% Neither Satified nor Dissatisfied

55% Satisfied

A 55% of the regular online shoppers were satisfied with 12% dissatisfied. An important thing to be noted is that only 2% of the regular online shoppers were highly satisfied while 31% of the regular online shoppers were neither satisfied nor dissatisfied. This shows satisfaction level plays an important role in online shopping with more regular shoppers falling under the category of satisfied. This shows that they were overall satisfied by the experience of shopping online. But the companies should take measures so that the dissatisfied and the neither satisfied nor dissatisfied

category of regular online shoppers could be moved to satisfied or highly satisfied. A note should be taken that only 2% of the regular online shoppers are highly satisfied which shows that there are still concerns, which poise the regular shoppers from using the Internet frequently as a shopping medium. Satisfaction level can also be measured by the frequency with which the online shoppers purchase online. According to human psychology it is true that frequency of purchase depends upon the satisfaction level received. According to the figure 2 (already explained), a 74% of the regular online shopper has purchased 2-4 times and 9% had purchased more than 6 times indicating that an increase in the confidence level and accepting the Internet as a shopping medium. The increase in the frequency of shopping was mainly because they were overall satisfied by the entire shopping experience. Analysis-It is seen that the main orientation for buying among the regular online shoppers were convenience (32%), saves time (26%), price (23%), product availability and superior selection (12%), and product comparison (7%). The hypothesis stated that convenience is major factor motivating the regular shopper was true as 75% of the regular online shoppers who have shopped more than 5 times felt it was necessary as compared to 25% who shopped less than 5 times. The barriers to online shopping as stated by the regular online shopper were privacy and security (33%), inability to touch and feel the product (21%), customer service problems (16%), hassle of returning the product

(14%), purchasing from unfamiliar source and person (9%) and other problems (7%). Satisfaction level plays an important role in online shopping, as 55% of the regular online shoppers that are satisfied tend to purchase more. It can also be seen that 74% have shopped more 2-4 times and 11% had shopped more than 5 times showing that satisfaction level plays an important role in online shopping. 5.5 Future and growth of Online Shopping This can be understood by the categories of good bought by the regular online shoppers presently and the future of the various categories. Fig. 15 Present & future categories of Goods

120% 100% 80% 60% 40% 20% 0%


Books Railway tickets Airline tickets Electronic Gadgets Gifts Movies tickets

Present

Future

It is seen that railway tickets 70% and airline tickets 93% are the most popular categories among the online shoppers followed by books and

electronic gadgets. This is the main category, which is bringing about online shopping culture among the regular online shoppers. The

companies should bring out innovative ways so that there is a growth in other categories of goods also. The entire shopping culture among the regular shoppers is brought mainly by the travel categories followed by electronic gadgets. The graph shows that online shopping is tend to grow in the coming years as consumers want to buy more in the future. Table 1 Future Categories of Goods Railway tickets Airline tickets Electronic Gadgets Books Gifts Movies tickets Jewellery Computer Software Hotel Rooms/Car Rental Event Tickets Toys Infant / Child items Food / Groceries Accessories apparel CD/Videos Magazines Home tools and products Sporting goods 83% 80% 50% 43% 33% 30% 23% 20% 20% 13% 13% 10% 7% 3% 3% 3% 3% 3%

The table I shows that shows that there is a future growth in the electronic gadget and book categories also apart from railway and airline tickets, which continues to be on the priority list. There is a growth in these categories because traditionally products like audio-video, apparel, and computer accessories were purchased through catalogs and other forms of direct mail but toady online shopping serves a convenient means of distribution channel. Another reason for the growth in these categories is because of well-established sites for travel, audio-video (e.g., CD-Now), and computers (e.g.www.dell.com, www.sonyvaio.com), which lure the consumers to buy these products. These goods do well because consumers are not bothered much about the touch and feel factors, which generally drive the shopping in India unlike categories like apparels and groceries where it still remain an important factor while purchasing. It is difficult to change the set mindset of consumers for certain categories of goods but still companies should keep innovating and find means and ways to attract more online shopping.

Analysis- There is a future growth in online shopping which can be especially seen in the travel arena with railway 83% and airlines 80%, electronic gadgets (50%)and books (43%). Gifts also seem to show a growth in the coming years. Thus the marketers should mainly focus on these growing categories of goods, which would drive the online shopping in the future.

CHAPTER - 6

FINDINGS

6.0 FINDINGS
The findings show that Internet usage has increased over the years and it is leading to an increase in online shopping and also shows the consumers attitude and perception towards online shopping. Communication still forms the major activity among the large number of online shoppers as 32% of regular online shopper use Internet for communication as compared to shopping (10%).

Online shopping is affected by demographics as it has been seen that more males are shopping online as compared women online shoppers and there is a positive relation between education and income levels with respect to the increased online shopping behaviour.

The most important motivating factor, which influenced the online shopping, was convenience followed by time saving and price. Regular online shoppers considered convenience as the main motivating factor while buying and were less price sensitive. But the online marketers should attempt to differentiate their products or services making the comparison easier. The marketers should bring out innovative ways so that the consumers can do more online shopping while taking the full advantage of rich information, easy access and convenience of the Internet.

One of the main concerns among the online shoppers was privacy and security. Another reason that hindered online shopping was the touch factor. Consumers still preferred the experience they get from traditional stores like feeling the stores atmosphere, interacting with a salesperson, and seeking sensory stimulation. This might hinder the use of certain goods like grocery and apparel, as the touch factor is the main factor, which drives the shopping for these goods. The future of online shopping is bright especially in the categories of travel, books, electronic gadgets and gifts.

CHAPTER - 7

GENERAL DISSCUSIONS

7.0 GENERAL DISCUSSION


7.1 Indian E-Comm. Report Finds Heavy Spenders Driving Sales By Devin Comiskey August 16, 2008 A Survey by Indian research organization Juxtconsult found that more and more Indian Internet users are opening their wallets online. While such hurdles as limited broadband access and security concerns remain, the report finds there are currently more than 10 million shoppers online in India. While current trends point to increased e-commerce growth in India, the online marketplace in the country of more than 1 billion people is still relatively small. Juxtconsult's survey found that 40 percent of all urban Internet users buy online, while 42 percent of the sales originate through just five percent of consumers. The survey was conducted in April 2008and sampled more than 30,000 users. "This section of buyers spends 5,000 rupees or more per month on the net," states the report. "It is interesting to note that two out of every three heavy spenders are also 'netholics,' those who are on the net for more than three hours per day...Of all those who buy online, only 25 percent are spending more than 1,000 rupees per month while the (remaining) 75 percent bill less than 1,000 rupees per month." (1,000 Indian rupees is currently equal to approximately $23 US.)

The report also found that buying and search patterns among Indians differ between genders. "While 43 percent of male users buy online, only 31 percent of urban female users are consumers as well. Women tend to search more. Defying their more common attitude towards shopping, women are more guarded when it comes to the online market," says Juxtconsult. "Depending on the product type, nine percent to 25 percent are buying online, whereas 33 to 47 percent are searching the net for product information," it says. 7.2 Security Fears Persist Juxtconsult says the motivation for Indian users to make purchases online varies, but users fear compromised personal information is still a great risk when it comes to e-commerce. "The single biggest motivation for buying online for net users is saving time. Thirty-two percent of them look to shop online with this purpose. Convenience of shopping '24x7' and home delivery are other major incentives," says the report. "However, the concern of possible misuse of credit card or personal information is extremely significant among online buyers, with almost 55 percent of them voicing their concern. Clearly, tackling and countering the issue of online safety figures as an imminent challenge for net marketers." 7.3 Books, CDs Top the List The products that are purchased most online in India, according to

Juxtconsult, are books and CDs - making up 25 percent of all online purchases. "Ironically, computer hardware and software, despite having the home advantage are among one of the least bought products online, with only 13 percent buying them," says the report. "In sum, the online market in India is blossoming but is yet to take off in a considerable way. The Internet is still being used more for searching than buying products and services. Though a noticeable proportion of net users are also net consumers, essentially, at present only a small tribe among them is driving online shopping momentum," says Juxtconsult. LATEST

A new trend in this space is that of Meta search engines. Ixigo and Ezeego are two players in this space. A Meta search engine searches all the online travel sites (including the airlines sites as well) and displays the best deals for the user.

Travel websites, such as Make My Trip India Pvt. Ltd and Yatra Online Pvt. Ltd, are battling to win over Indias Rs16,000 crore ($400 million) religious travel market

Opportunity in Online Travel Industry: $2billion Online travel company MakeMyTrip (MMT) has recorded sales of Rs. 1000 crore for the financial year ending March 2008, as per a release.

CHAPTER - 8

CONCLUSION

8.0 CONCLUSION
The e-commerce is one of the biggest things that have taken the business by a storm. It is creating an entire new economy, which has a huge potential and is fundamentally changing the way businesses are done. It is believed that electronic commerce will become a huge industry in the coming years and online shopping is now becoming a significant part of the consumers daily life to meet their never ending requirements in a convenient way. Online shopping is picking up and is becoming a trend. More consumers are indulging into Internet shopping as seen by the research because of the value proposition it offers to a customer such as convenience, 24x7 shopping, doorstop delivery, a broad product selection and the everexpanding range of unique and unusual gift ideas as well as increased consumer confidence in shopping on the internet is increasing. The main motivating factor seen during the research was the convenience and customer service which drives the people to online shopping as a result today they are buying airline and railway tickets, books, home appliances, electronic gadgets, movie tickets, etc by logging on to a web site, than driving up to a store .As the research suggest that increase in usage of internet increases the online shopping so there is a need to increase in broadband penetration as it accelerates the growth of online trade. A huge buyers and sellers across demographics are shopping online because of the changing lifestyles and shopping habits but the majority of the users are males. It was seen that despite the immense possibilities available on

the Internet it is mainly used for mailing, chatting and surfing. E-mail applications still constitute the bulk of net traffic in the country. Increased Internet penetration, a hassle free shopping environment and high levels of Net savviness see more and more Indians shopping online. 8.1 Barriers to the Growth of Online Market 8.1.1 Consumer Bias Consumers often display a bias for brands that they know well and have had a good experience in the past. Thus products of brands with a favorable bias will score over the products of less popular brands. A few would risk buying expensive jewelry from an unknown jeweler online. 8.1.2 Lack of Touch Feel-Try Experience The customer is not sure of the quality of the product unless it is delivered to him and post delivery of the product, it is sometimes a lengthy process to get a faulty or the unsuitable product changed. Thus, unless the deliverables are as per the customers expectations, it is hard to infuse more credibility in the e-Tailing market. 8.1.3 Mounting Competitive Pressures To attract customers, the competing online players are adopting all means to provide products and services at the lowest prices. This has resulted in making the consumers choice-spoilt, who in turn surf various websites to spot the lowest price for the product. Thus, although the number of

transactions is increasing, the value of the products sold is continuously falling owning to high competition and leaner margins. 8.1.4 Seasonality E-Tailing Market is faced by seasonal fluctuations. As told by an Industry player, August to February is the peak seasons for sale, while March to July is the dry seasons for sale. During the peak season, occasions that drive the sales are Diwali, Rakhi, Valentines Day, New Year, Christmas, Mothers Day, Friendship Day etc are. On these occasions younger generations prefers buying and sending gifts online. 8.1.5 Credibility in Payment System Online frauds and breach are the biggest barriers to online sales. As a result, prospective buyers prefer staying away from revealing their credit card and bank details. 8.1.6 Untimely Delivery of Products It might take a few minutes to search, book and pay for products and services online, but the delivery of the product may take unreasonable time. It is a challenge for E-marketers to convert low frequency online buyers into regular buyers through successful website design and by addressing concerns about reliable performance. Thus, the online retailing raises more issues than the benefits it currently offers.

CHAPTER - 9

LIMITATION

9.0 LIMITATION
Every study will have its problems and limitations at some point during the project. This study is no different. The use of a non-probalistic sample in the research was a major limitation because there was no way to make sure that the sample taken represented the total population of the Internet users. A non-probability sample lacks the accuracy and precision that a probability sample might offer. Though this samples provided a better insight about the online shoppers but there could be a possibility that a respondent may have done online shopping but is not a regular Internet user. It was seen that some respondents were biased towards some questions. Another major limitation encountered doing the research assignment was the issue regarding the time. Limitation of the study is the selection of the existing studies. Owing to time limitation, only a few number of journals were searched. This may leave some other prominent empirical studies out. In addition, owing to the multidisciplinary nature of online shopping, it would be very interesting to compare IS literature to other disciplines that study online shopping attitudes and behavior.

CHAPTER - 10

RECOMMENDATIONS

10.0 RECOMMENDATION
Online shopping in India is poised for greater acceleration as PC and Internet penetration grows. It is becoming one of the top Internet activities and there is a huge growth in this business as more manufacturers and providers are integrating the Internet into their sales model. But there are many things that need to occur in online shopping to generate higher revenues and the key to it lies in the hands of the marketers. To make online shopping a boom following methods can be followed.

India has a strong research and development (R&D) capability so companies should innovate rapidly to take care of the security issues. Technology like text to speech softwares should be innovated to take care of the security concern. In India the total ownership of credit cards is small as compared to its population and there are also hesitant in using it as a mode of online payment therefore alternative methods of payment like cash on delivery (COD) where the end user pays cash after the product is delivered and debit cards where the bank accounts are directly debited should be used. Other technologies like encryption

technologies trusted third-party certifications; digital ID systems and prepaid cards should be used. The consumers should be made aware that one of the safety aspect of using credit cards online is that in case of disputed credit card

payments for online transactions the onus is on the merchants to prove that the transaction actually took place, as online users don't physically sign a credit slip. As a result online users are protected from fraudulent use of credit cards. There is a growth in the cellular phone market in India, more merchants should make use of this device allowing the customers to access the Internet and use it as mode of payment thereby obviating the need for PCs and credit cards. It is not only important to pay strong attention to the security issue and create new, innovative safeguards that protect consumers but the merchants should promote these safeguards to the marketplace and make the prospective personal data, consumers credit aware that the and

communications,

card

accounts,

transaction information can be protected. One of the factors that hinder Internet penetration in India is access. More companies should adopt click and mortar model with the real world operations to complement its online presence for e.g. customers can walk to the office to access its services. Merchants should provide goods and services that offer the right value for money. There should be transparency in policies (returns, privacy, shipping, etc), insurance against fraud and a good after sales services should be provided to consumers making it an enjoyable experience.

Consumers today demand a better, more efficient and less cumbersome way to compare and buy products online. Innovative service should be provided to consumers so that they can compare products, which are available online using their mobile phones. Online shopping today is an incomplete, fragmented, and sometimes frustrating process. Therefore merchants should set themselves apart from their competitors by factors other than price, constantly innovate and move towards creating customer confidence to trade online. They should provide massive selection at lower prices, offer a personalized customer experience and their web sites should deliver a shopping experience that addresses all of the consumer needs like recommendation customers, etc. Vendors should educate the customers about e-commerce like educating them on safety tips like reading the item description, looking for a sellers feedback score and asking questions, detecting spoof mails and informing them about the new online crimes which happen regularly. In India still the penetration of Internet has not happened the way it should have been which hampers online shopping. Ecommerce revolution can be brought about by providing more broadband connections at affordable prices. about the products, feedback from other

There is a huge market for business in the rural India therefore efforts should be such that to bring these people also into experiencing online shopping. Companies should create more Indian language software or content as Internet still is a primarily English language world and language could be a barrier in rural India. Only few language portals like webduniya.com exist today. Most of the Indians still like to see the product before buying; efforts should be made to change this mindset of the people by making them aware of the benefits of online shopping. To make online shopping big the shopping web sites should give the customers the convenience to shop anything on a single site like ordering pizzas, movie tickets, groceries, etc rather than in scattered places. The site should not only provide information content but also tools to navigate and evaluate this information. The information on the site should be just sufficient for the consumers to make a decision and not to overload them with information, which results in confusion. Convenience and time saving are the main reason to shop online. Therefore Business to Consumers (B2C) sites should be designed in such a way that consumers spend less time in finding information they are looking for as delays in searching or loading a web page might turn the consumers to other sites which have faster download and display times.

Since consumers control the experience they receive from shopping over the Internet, there is a need to find ways of managing the amount of information available over the Internet. Sites that are able to offer this information and present it in a simple way to understand will become the preferred destination for online shopping. The key to selling to a customer which cannot be seen is to get the customer to trust the website with which they have electronic transactions. Active participation from consumer marketing companies to

manufacturing industries is required to make online shopping a booming sector. Some of the things, which the consumers should take into considerations while online shopping, are: Use a secure browser. The browser should comply with industry security standards, such as Secure Sockets Layer (SSL). Consumers should shop with the known companies, as it is easy to set up a shop online under any name. If they are not familiar with a merchant they should ask for paper catalogue or brochure to get a better idea about the merchandise and services and should find about the companys refund and return policies. Consumers should also search for the reviews of the company.

Read the privacy policy on the site of the companies before shopping as this helps to know what information is being collected and how it would be used. Keep a print record of the transactions this would come handy in case of any fraud. One should find out how the company secures the financial and personal information before paying the bills. The personal information should be kept private like address, telephone numbers, email, etc. One should avoid using telephone numbers or date of birth for establishing a password instead should use a combination of numbers, letters and symbols. Proper research should be done about countries shopping laws and merchant when shopping from other countries.

CHAPTER - 11

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

11.0 REFERENCES
Prussakov Evgenii, Online shopping through consumers eyes, Am Navigator, 2008. Price Lisa, The best of Online Shopping, Ballantine Books, 2001
Simpson Paul, Online Shopping: The rough Guide,3rd edition, 2000

Lillian Clark and Peter Wright, A review of Common Approaches to understanding Online Consumer Behaviour, PP- 5.87- 5.122 Tonita Perea Monsuwe, Benedict G. C. Dellaut and KodeRuyter, What Drives Consumers to shop Online? A literature review, PP- 765-789. Donthu, Naveen and Adriana Garcia (1999), The Internet Shopper, Journal of Advertising Research, V39 (3), 52-58.
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Emerald, Framework for consumers intentions to shop online, research report Jarvenpaa Journal of Electronic Commerce Research, VOL. 6, and NO.2, 2005
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16.pdf

CHAPTER - 12

ANNEXURE

12.0 ANNEXURE
12.1 Annexure 1 Different models of consumer attitude towards online shopping

By:Mary Ann Eastlick This chart shows how consumer attitude toward online shopping can lead either to approach coping (wanting to shop online) or to avoidance coping (deciding not to search or shop online). Someone who is optimistic toward the benefits of online shopping will develop approach coping. A person who is pessimistic toward online shopping will think of the drawbacks to it and decide to purchase in physical stores instead, which is avoidance coping.

12.1 Annexure 2

FRAMEWORK FOR CONSUMERS INTENTIONS TO SHOP ONLINE Source: research by Emerald

CHAPTER - 13

QUESTIONNAIRE

13.0 QUESTIONNAIRE
Questionnaire
Kindly highlight/bold your answers. 1. Do you use Internet? Yes No

2. How long have you been using Internet?

Less than 1 year 1 3 years

3 5 years More than 5 years

3. On the average, how much time (per week) do you spend in surfing the Web? 0 5 hours 6 10 hours 11 15 hours 16 20 hours More than 20 hours

4. Have you purchased anything online ever? Yes No

5. Which category (ies) of goods have you bought through Internet? Books Electronic Gadgets CD/Videos Accessories apparel Gifts Event Tickets Hotel Rooms/Car Rental Jewellery Infant / Child items Sporting goods Toys Railway tickets Airline tickets Computer Hardware Computer Software Magazines Movies tickets Office Supplies Food / Groceries Home tools and products Health and fitness products Any other, specify

6. When did u shop for the first time? Last 6 months 6 months- 1year 1-3 year 3-5 year

More than 5 year

7. How frequently did you purchase online? Only once 2-4 times More than 5 times More than 6 times

8. Overall, were you satisfied with your experience of online shopping? Highly Satisfied Satisfied Neither satisfied nor dissatisfied Dissatisfied Highly Dissatisfied

9. Where do you most often access the Internet? Home Office / College Cyber-cafes Any other, specify

10. What are the activities that you use Internet for? (Kindly rank them

between 1 to 5,with 1=most used, 2=used to a large extent, 3=used to a good extent, 4=used sometimes, 5=rarely used) Communication (E-mail, Instant Messaging, Bulletin Boards, News Groups, Chat, etc.) Information Gathering (Research, News, Sports scores, Search for employment, etc.) Entertainment (Games, Adult entertainment, Entertainment sites, Sports, Music, Web page design, etc.) Finance (Investment portfolio, financial research, online banking, check stock/fund quotes, trading, etc.) Shopping (Researching purchases, purchasing, auctions, Selling, Classifieds, etc.)

11. Which category (ies) of goods are you planning to buy through

internet in the near future? Books Electronic Gadgets CD/Videos Accessories apparel Railway tickets Airline tickets Computer Hardware Computer Software

Gifts Event Tickets Movies tickets Hotel Rooms/Car Rental Jewellery Apparel gift certificates Infant / Child items Sporting goods Toys

Magazines Beauty products Health and fitness products Office Supplies Food / Groceries Pharmaceuticals Home tools and products Home appliances Any other, specify

12. What is your main motivation for buying through Internet?

Convenience (ease of purchase, home delivery, ability to shop 24x7) Price Saves time Superior selection/Availability Product comparison Any other, specify

13. What, according to you, are the most important barriers to purchase

online? I am worried about giving out my credit card number I dont have a credit card I dont like providing personal information I dont want to purchase from someone with whom I am not familiar I enjoy going out to do my shopping I like to see/touch the product in person, before I buy it Internet is too slow / Pages take too long to load I am worried about the cost/hassle of returning the product Delivery costs are too high Prices are too high Technical foul-ups prevent transactions from going through I cant find anything that I want to purchase on the Internet I dont know how but I am uncomfortable about purchasing through Internet The process is expensive due to cost of access

Any other, specify

PERSONAL DETAILS 14. Age: Below 18 yrs 18 - 30 yrs 31 - 40 yrs 41 50 yrs Above 50 yrs 2. Educational Background: Non-Matriculate Matriculate Graduate Postgraduate 3. Occupation: Business/Self Employed Service/Executive Student

Any other, specify


4. Gender:

Male Female

5. Average Monthly Income: Less than Rs. 5,000 Rs. 5,000 Rs. 10,000 Rs. 10,000 Rs. 25,000 Rs. 25,000 Rs. 50,000 Above Rs. 50,000 Name: _____________________________ Contact No.: ______________________________ City: ______________________________