How Technology Is Bringing a Change in E-commerce By James Tredwell on September 15, 2018 The technology trends are affecting the way business-to-consumer transactions are getting changed, helping the consumers keeping a track of online purchases. Ubiquitous smartphones and social networking apps are changing the lives of people, all over the world, bringing about a transformation in the way they connect with their friends and others. Technology is also shaping the future on online transactions, the way it was previously done. Gone are the days of mindless online wandering by the consumers and thinking twice before ordering an item online, as there are many risks involved. We have hordes of consumers, who are making a beeline towards the numerous mobile ecommerce sites and the greatest advantage lies in the fact that the transactions are performed at a faster rate and at affordable prices. It is technology that is helping the consumers to keep a track of the online purchases. The trends that are emerging are affecting the bigger picture and it is changing the business-to-consumer transactions as newer opportunities evolve, for both sides of the transactions. There are a variety of tools that are available to the consumers for locating stores, gauging prices, finding alternatives and availing coupons. There is a revolutionary change in the way business-to-consumer transactions happen and these are: Change in Consumer-Retailer Relationship The rules of the conventional retail business is no longer existing. The brands are able to connect with the consumers, without the need to enter the shop or get attracted to the brand in the form of an ad. The brand now resides on the smartphone of the user and this serves the purpose of a constant reminder. The location specific notifications will access the consumers, almost everywhere, even when they are simply passing before your store. More of Personalized Customer Experience Technology is evolving the personalization standards. A loyal customer base is always needed by the businesses and these marketing techniques are making them possible. The technological improvements are bringing changes in customer services too. The social media platforms like that of Instagram are used to get connected with the brands. Grabbing Attention of the Consumer The email notifications are getting replaced by the user notifications, at any point in time, unimaginable so far. Promotions used to be detected by the spam detectors and avoided can now grab the attention of the users. New sales and promotions are achieved now with the help of these new forms of notifications. Dominance of the Smaller Businesses Global access to the brands of the smaller businesses are made possible with these online transactions through the ecommerce sites. The mobile ecommerce outlets of these smaller businesses are better than the corresponding ones from WalMart and others. The ecommerce ecosystem is made buoyant with more and more startups that are cultivated throughout the entire breadth and width of the country. Additionally, starting businesses from home is also made possible with the advent of technology. Extreme Convenience to the Retailers The single most driving force behind the growing demand for e commerce activities is the convenience of the service. Automated vehicles and drones are allowing the retailers to tide over the challenges like that same-day-delivery. The use of technology is to resolve the delivery related problems and is already used by the retailers like Amazon. Technology Trends that will affect the Business-to-Consumer Interactions There are many retailers who are thinking about implementing latest technologies like Augmented Reality(AR) for their ecommerce counterparts. AR will bring a new dimension to the online transactions for the e commerce businesses. The consumers will not need to visit the shops, physically for a real-life experience, using this technology. It is a new way to discover the products that we need to buy. Autonomous vehicles are used by Google and Amazon for handling the challenges of the same-day delivery services, reducing the cost to a considerable extent. Consumers are always on the lookout for ways that gives them the piece of their mind, while indulging in the e commerce and the mobile shopping. The priority of the retailers is not to increase the number of consumers, who are willing to shop online, rather improving the experience of the retailers.