Consumer expectation from online retailers in developing E-commerce market: An investigation of generation Y in Bangladesh

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This paper aims to investigate the expectation from online retailers in the context of Generation Y, as the target market group in Bangladesh. It also examines the similarities and dissimilarities between the global online retail market trend and the target group. Volunteer final year university students conducted face to face survey using structured questionnaires. Primary data was collected using paper-and-pencil method where interviewee completed the form in most of the cases. This research found differences between the expectations of consumers from online retailers and the online market trend in developed countries. Existing issues and directions for future online businesses have been discussed. Most of the males want to purchase ‘Clothing and footwear’ online, whereas ‘Jewelleries and Watches’ is the most desired online product category by females. Two third of Gen Y in Bangladesh is already shopping online with high interest in F-commerce. Online shopping abandon rate is high due to service quality issue. Lowering internet cost is driving the e-commerce growth. 450 Gen Y respondents living in the capital have been surveyed, where internet service is optimum. Larger population from different age groups with different backgrounds, living in different cities can be examined in future. Need for reliable delivery service to support e-commerce growth, cash on delivery options, addition of Skype and Viber in customer service and success stories of Facebook stores have been revealed for the consideration of the existing and future market entrants. The findings should work as a guide for the international investors and MNCs. This study is the first of its kind in the context of Bangladesh and sets a benchmark. This research opens the door for continuous evaluation of the market and to venture new business and services as per consumer expectations.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)121-137
Number of pages17
JournalInternational Business Research
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2015
Externally publishedYes

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  • E-commerce
  • Bangladesh
  • generation Y
  • E-business
  • online consumer behaviour


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