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Retailer and consumer perceptions of online fashion retailers: Web site design issues

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Abstract:

Examines the Web sites of online fashion retailers. It evaluates the role of the Internet as a distribution channel and in particular discusses issues of Web page design. Retailer and consumer views within the fashion sector are explored in a three-stage qualitative research process. This research highlights the differences in retail and consumer perception of fashion Web sites. While retailers are satisfied by their online offer they lack an understanding of consumer needs. Consumers are disappointed in the lack of service and product provision provided by fashion Web sites. Areas of concern include overall Web page design, level of interactivity, absence of information about fashion trends and inconsistency across Web sites.

Keywords: Design; Fashion; Purchasing; Retailing; Worldwide Web

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/13612020310496949

Publication date: October 1, 2003

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