Retailers beware! Over two-thirds of millennials want tech in-store & will move shops for it

07/19/2018 London

New research has revealed the impact innovative technology will have on where British consumers shop, coming as a stark warning to retailers. The research of 2,000 British consumers, published by Hitachi Consulting, exposes attitudes to technology of different generations and incomes – identifying millennials as the group retailers can target to boost sales and grow market share.

Over two-thirds (69%) of respondents aged 24-35 claimed they would be more likely to shop with a retailer that was enhancing the shopping experience with innovative technology. This generation has also proved over the last 10 years that it is the most likely to change its shopping habits, with almost three-quarters (72%) stating their routine differs to a decade ago.

This contrasts with previous generations. The likelihood of changing shopping habits because of technology falls as age increases: less than 1 in 10 baby boomers would shop elsewhere to benefit from technology and only 6% of those of retirement age (65+). These age groups have also changed the least in the last decade (36% for baby boomers and 33% for shoppers aged 65 and older).

The research has also revealed how the likelihood of Brits changing where they shop to benefit from technology increases in parallel with income. Whereas only around 15% of respondents with lower income would be influenced by technology, over two-thirds of Brits with an income of £75,000-£99,000 would, as would three-quarters earning £100,000 and 9 out of 10 earning over £125,000. 

“The research is clear: retail technology, such as digital signage and real-time inventory availability systems, will directly affect where consumers will shop in future,” comments Hitachi Consulting’s retail specialist, Pierson Broome. “We’re seeing more retailers experiment with innovative technology and the ones who best capture its ability to enhance the customer experience will be most likely to satisfy the growing demand from younger generations. Considering these will be the highest earners and biggest spenders over the next few decades, retailers must seize the opportunity technology offers to gain their custom.”

About Hitachi Consulting
Hitachi Consulting is the global solutions and professional services organisation within Hitachi Ltd., a global innovation leader in industrial and information technology solutions and an early pioneer of the Internet of Things. Hitachi Consulting is a business integrator for the IoT era and a catalyst for digital transformation. Using our deep domain knowledge, we collaborate with clients to help them innovate faster, maximise operational efficiency and realise measurable, sustainable business and societal value. As a consulting-led solutions company, we can help you leverage data as a strategic asset to drive competitive differentiation, customer loyalty and growth. Visit www.hitachiconsulting.com.

About Hitachi, Ltd
Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, delivers innovations that answer society’s challenges with our talented team and proven experience in global markets. The company’s consolidated revenues for fiscal 2016 (ended March 31, 2017) totalled 10,034 billion yen ($89.3 billion). Hitachi is focusing more than ever on the Social Innovation Business, which includes power & infrastructure systems, information & telecommunication systems, construction machinery, high functional materials & components, automotive systems, healthcare and others. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company's website at http://www.hitachi.com.