Firstly I may state that I believe the topic statement could be interpreted as true and false as different aspects have to be taken into consideration. I attempted to segment the topic question into three key points. I identified that the duel between the old fashioned store-based retailing and Internet commerce is expanding to a greater extent throughout this decade and there are several layers that needed to be addressed. The first one is the shopping process in terms of convenience, satisfaction that brings to shopper and established habitual procedures by the consumer. Second one is expecting further analysis on the motives when consumers go on a spree. Lastly I have researched on the potential of the Internet as a substitute of store-based retailing and what are the exact threats that it poses. Further on explaining what are the main advantages and possible drawbacks of both retail means. I tried covering perspectives of both retailers and consumers. Of course this suggests two points of view this is why I aimed to show the possible effects on both sides. Finally in order to assess the issue properly the most important factor that must be taken into consideration is actually the nature of the goods the retailer is offering and willingness of the consumer to alter established habits of traditional store-based shopping. I have used books and groceries shopping as examples to illustrate the above statements. Moving further on I have linked them to the three aspects of the topic question in order to show how vital is the nature of the product that is being retailed and how strongly it is connected with the choice of retail route.
There are two different retail formats to be evaluated - traditional in-store shopping and online shopping. The convenience each of them offers to the consumer would be the main issue in the analysis. According to Beauchamp and Ponder (2010) two are the main factors that a consumer considers when deciding whether to go shopping in the local grocery store or make it online - these are time and effort. When shopping traditionally one considers the location of the store, the availability of parking spots and the store itself. Online shopping on the other hand requires some time to be spent for choosing the website, navigating through the site and after that waiting for the purchase to be delivered. Extending my analysis further on I had to examine closely the convenience of the above mentioned shopping processes thus aid comparison between them. Beauchamp and Ponder (2010) identified four main aspects of retail convenience: access, search, transaction, possession. All these dimensions share one and the same goal: saving consumers time and effort and identifying the convenience of the shopping process. Each of them plays a major role in the decision-making process of the consumer. Beauchamp and Ponder referencing Seiders et al gave accurate description of each aspect: