Factors influencing customers' choices of online merchants

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dc.contributor Aalto-yliopisto fi
dc.contributor Aalto University en
dc.contributor.author Li, Chenghuan
dc.date.accessioned 2014-04-04T05:30:42Z
dc.date.available 2014-04-04T05:30:42Z
dc.date.issued 2014
dc.identifier.uri https://aaltodoc.aalto.fi/handle/123456789/12838
dc.description.abstract Objectives of the Study: The aim of the research is to define and assess the importance of the factors that influence online shoppers' choices of merchants. The previous literature mainly focuses on loyalty of users to websites and online purchase decision-making process within one website. No literature studies the situation under which the customer has already decided the item to purchase and needs to compare different merchants selling the same item. Since this situation is very common in online shopping, it is quite valuable to find out the dominant factors that make customers choose one merchant over the others. Academic background and methodology: We will review previous literature relevant to consumer's preference to online vendor. We examine the web experience and e-loyalty theories and define the influencing factors. Then we analyze the user feedback from a price comparison tool of Chinese online vendors. We then collect more factors that influence consumers choice. To assess the importance of the factors, we design a questionnaire survey to collect consumers' opinions of the importance of each factor. We let respondents to rate from 1 to 7 regarding how important is each factor. The average score of each factor represents the importance of it. Findings and conclusions: After reviewing the literature and examining the user feedback, we get the 7 important influencing factors including reputation and trust, web quality, stickiness to website, order fulfillment performance, price, sales volume, reviews and ratings. We then collect and analyze the results of the questionnaire survey. The importance of each factor orders in the following way: reputation and trust, order fulfillment performance, ratings and reviews, web quality, sales volume, stickiness factor. However, the reputation factor and price factor are quite close and therefore can be considered as at the same level. Meanwhile, order fulfillment performance factor and ratings and reviews factor are also at the same level. en
dc.format.extent 74
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.title Factors influencing customers' choices of online merchants en
dc.type G2 Pro gradu, diplomityö fi
dc.contributor.school Kauppakorkeakoulu fi
dc.contributor.school School of Business en
dc.contributor.department Tieto- ja palvelutalouden laitos fi
dc.contributor.department Department of Information and Service Economy en
dc.subject.keyword Online shopping
dc.subject.keyword online consumer behavior
dc.subject.keyword purchase decision making
dc.subject.keyword multi-vendor
dc.identifier.urn URN:NBN:fi:aalto-201404041650
dc.type.dcmitype text en
dc.programme.major Information Systems Science en
dc.programme.major Tietojärjestelmätiede fi
dc.type.ontasot Master's thesis en
dc.type.ontasot Pro gradu tutkielma fi
dc.subject.helecon tietojärjestelmät
dc.subject.helecon information systems
dc.subject.helecon kuluttajat
dc.subject.helecon consumers
dc.subject.helecon kuluttajakäyttäytyminen
dc.subject.helecon consumer behaviour
dc.subject.helecon shoppailu
dc.subject.helecon shopping
dc.subject.helecon päätöksenteko
dc.subject.helecon decision making
dc.subject.helecon e-business
dc.subject.helecon e-business
dc.ethesisid 13546
dc.date.dateaccepted 2014-01-23
dc.location P1 I fi


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