- Amazon’s UK website comes top of customer satisfaction survey among British shoppers
- John Lewis closes the gap on US etail giant, according to survey by ForeSee
- UK customers’ average experience across all websites scored lower than US ecomm platforms
Amazon’s UK website has been named the online business with the highest levels of customer satisfaction in Britain, according to new data.
Analytics firm ForeSee said the etailer gained a customer satisfaction score of 81 out of 100, based on survey responses from more than 40,000 “holiday season” shoppers.
However that represented a three-point dip in the past two years, as Amazon’s customer satisfaction score continues to decline from its peak of 86, achieved in 2012.
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That has allowed John Lewis to close the gap to just one point, after the retailer’s ecommerce platform racked up a score of 80 – one point higher than in 2013.
A host of retailers were tied for fifth on 76 points, including Tesco, Next, Argos and John Lewis’ department store rivals House of Fraser and Debenhams.
Asda, New Look and Boots were the among the retailers whose websites tied for 12th on 75 points, while Sainsbury’s, Marks & Spencer, Dixons Carphone, Currys, Homebase and B&Q all made the top 30.
UK customers’ overall experience across all websites reached 75 – up from 66 when ForeSee began the survey back in 2007.
That lagged behind the aggregate website score in the US, which totalled 79, but ForeSee said British websites were better at meeting Christmas shoppers’ needs and expectations than ever before.
The study, which gathered responses from online shoppers between November 6 and December 1, assessed websites based on four key areas:
- Price – value for money and the competitiveness of product prices;
- Merchandise – appeal, variety and availability of products;
- Navigation – ease and consistency of finding, sorting and displaying products;
- Product descriptions – detail and clarity of product descriptions and images.
ForeSee’s Experience Index 2015 Retail Edition found that consumers no longer differentiate between store, web and mobile channels, but view them each as another way to interact with the same business.
ForeSee said “most” of the retailers in the top 30 provided “fairly consistent experiences across channels”.
The firm added that conversion was an outdated key performance indicator for online retailers. It said retailers should instead place greater value on the contribution that one experience or channel could have on the consumer’s next interaction with the business.