An Accenture survey of more than 600 U.S. consumers has found that the majority of consumers use the Internet as part of the shopping process even if they go to stores to purchase or pick up items. The data suggest that retailers and consumer goods companies need to focus on customer service and information available both from call centers and online or risk losing customers researching potential purchases.

While two-thirds (67 percent) of survey respondents said they prefer to make purchases in physical stores respondents also said they research product features online (69 percent), compare prices online before shopping in a physical store (68 percent) or use the Internet to locate items online before going to a store to purchase (58 percent). Only 13 percent of respondents said the Internet has not improved their in-store shopping experience.

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