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The Canadian Omni-Channel Landscape

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The Canadian Omni-Channel Landscape

By Andrew Murray and Dr. Tony Hernandez

This research insight focuses on Omni-Channel retail in Canada. Highlighted is the shift from the traditional linear purchase model, replaced by a circular model, with Loyalty Loops at the centre of the customer journey. Our analysis shows most retailers have begun to adapt omni-channel capabilities. However, barriers still exist in Canada, mainly the challenge of the last mile.

Key Points

  • Consumer journeys centered around loyalty loops characterize the integrated complexities of omni-channel shopping behaviours
  • Canadian retailers are investing in multiple channels to facilitate the adoption of omni-channel retail strategies
  • Transactional e-retail channels which enable online purchases are widespread in Canada
  • Same day or next day shipping is not widely offered by retailers in Canada, most retailers opt for 2-3, or 4+ days shipping times
  • Retailers have recognized that social media is an important medium to engage, interact and influence customers

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