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Key touch points across typical shopper/customer retail journey

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6 key Consumer Touch Points

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Taking a simplified view, consumer journey typically traverses through the following 6 key phases (analogous with the Zero, First & Second moments of truth)

The number of touch points retailers will have with consumers / shoppers / customers will depend on several factors (business model, product range, complexity, omni-channel spread, etc.)

Taking a simplified view, consumer journey typically traverses through the following 6 key phases (analogous with the Zero, First & Second moments of truth)

  1. Product Discovery: The touch point where consumers may require pre-sale knowledge or discovery of the product, typically through online, in-store/person or word of mouth [educational]
  2. Product Demo / Trials: The touch point where shoppers seek a demonstration / sample / trial of the product prior to purchase decision [experiential]
  3. Purchase, Payment & FulfillmentThe touch point where shoppers have finalized their purchase decision and proceed to pay & collect their goods [transactional]
  4. Repeat Purchase & Refills: The touch point (if applicable) where existing customers seek to re-order / re-purchase the same product or potentially re-explore new products from different brands [transactional + educational + potentially experiential]
  5. Post-Sale Support / Customer Service: The touch point (if applicable) where customers may require post-sale support that could range from simple Q&As through to complex issues [transactional / service]
  6. Returns, Exchanges & Refunds: The touch point (if applicable) where customers may require assistance with any returns, refunds or exchanges of their product [transactional / service]

As discussed in an earlier post, Amazon’s Go concept store cleverly addresses many time poor shoppers’ pain-point by making the entire end-2-end shopper journey completely frictionless (albeit for quick shopping runs)

Other examples include prominent brick-n-mortar retailers’ (Apple, Target, Walmart, Home Depot, etc.) self-checkout solutions, QSR industry‘s (Starbucks, etc.) App-based order, payment & pick-up solutions, and many more

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