E-COMMERCE AND CUSTOMER SATISFACTION ABSTRACT: Electronic commerce also known as e-commerce has facilitated the emergence of new marketing strategies and business models in several industries in developing countries, Nigeria inclusive. This study examined E-commerce and customer satisfaction in fresh flowers company. Users of and employees of Regalflowers.com served as the study population. The broad aim of the study was to examine the effect of E-commerce on customer satisfaction while other objectives were; to identify the factors responsible for consumer re-order purchase in Regalflowers.com and to determine causes of consumer loyalty to the online products of Regalflowers.com. Analysis of data is based on 120 copies of questionnaire administered to users of Regalflowers.com. A total of 50 copies were filled and returned from Regalflowers.com and 55 was filled and returned from REGALFLOWERS.com, making a total of 105 copies returned while 15 was withheld. The formulated hypotheses were tested using chi-square. Results of the study shows that there are factors responsible for customer re-order purchase in regalflowers.com.The study therefore recommends that an online marketing organization should work at adopting policies that would reflect the factors that encourages customers to use online shops. For example, customers want to be sure of adequate security on their online transactions, they want to be sure that their personal identity and information is intact and that there is need for online shops to do a lot of advertisement based on the fact that many consumers still do not know the advantages of buying their goods online. TABLE OF CONTENTPagesTitle Page Certification ii Dedication iiiAcknowledgement ivAbstract vTable of Content viCHAPTER ONE: INTRODUCTION 1.1 Background to the Study 1 1.2 Statement of the Problem 3 1.3 Aim and Objectives of Study 4 1.4 Relevant Research Questions 4 1.5 Relevant Research Hypotheses 51.6 Significance of the Study 51.7 Scope of the study 5 References 6CHAPTER TWO: LITERATURE REVIEW 2.1 Preamble 8 2.2 Theoretical Framework of the study 92.3 Empirical Review of Previous works in the area of study 10 References 22CHAPTER THREE: RESEARCH METHODOLOGY 3.1 Preamble 253.2 Research Design 253.3 Population of study 253.4 Sampling Procedure and sample size 263.5 Data Collection Instrument and validation 263.6 Method of Data Analysis 273.7 Limitation of the Methodology 27 References 29CHAPTER FOUR: DATA PRESENTATION AND ANALYSIS 4.1 Preamble 304.2 Analysis of respondents’ Bio-Data 324.3 Analysis of Questionnaire items 44CHAPTER FIVE: SUMMARY, CONCLUSION AND RECOMMENDATION 5.1 Summary 465.2 Conclusion 485.3 Recommendations 48 Bibliography 49 Appendix 54CHAPTER ONEINTRODUCTION1.1 Background to the Study Electronic commerce also known as e-commerce has facilitated the emergence of new marketing strategies and business models in several industries in developing countries, Nigeria inclusive. Significant changes are happening in product retailing with the introduction of online shopping, especially in terms of channel development and coordination, business scope redefinition, the development of fulfillment centre model and core processes, new ways of customer value creation, online partnerships and general customer satisfaction. In fact the role of online marketing itself has undergone some significant changes in the last few years in Nigeria (Irene 2004). The electronic commerce segment of the retail market has witnessed tremendous growth in terms of participation in the Nigerian economy in the past few years. According to Johnson, (2012) over 100 firms both local and foreign have shown greater interest in the sector alleged to worth over $50 billion annually. The industry has no doubt opened doors for the coming generation of young Nigerian entrepreneurs. Electronic commerce industry has no doubt increased the percentage of local content in products and services as well as increased utilization of local capacity. Ayo, Adewoye and Oni (2011) asserted that the adoption of e-commerce in Nigerian business organizations has increased since the users of internet in Nigeria has grown from 0.1% in 2000 to 29.5% of its population in 2014 and still has the potential to grow higher. Tunde (2014) also noted that online retail market in Nigeria has significantly impacted the nation’s economy. In the same vein, Mary-Anne (2008) affirmed that e-commerce has offered a level playing ground for large businesses, as well as small and medium-scale enterprises (SMEs) to operate in the global market-place; and for regional businesses and communities to participate in social, economic andcultural networks seamlessly across international boundaries. E-commerce refers to the use of communications technology particularly the internet to buy, sell and market goods and services to customers. The Internet has brought about a fundamental shift in national economies that are isolated from each other by barriers to cross-border trade and investment; isolated by distance, time zones and language; and isolated by national difference in government regulations, culture and business systems (Mohammad, 2004). A customer is said to be satisfied when products and/or services meettheexpectation of the customer. Trust which is a belief that one can rely upon a promise made by another (Pavlou, 2003), is an important factor in customer satisfaction. Stewart, Ellis, Johnson and Meyer (2009) define trust in electronic commerce as the subjective probabilitywith which consumers believe that an online transactionwith a web retailer will occur in a manner consistent withtheir expectations. Scholars have identified lack of trustas one of the main reasons for consumers’ cynicismtowards electronic commerce. In the context of ecommerce,trust beliefs include the online consumers’beliefs and expectancies about trust-related characteristics of the online seller (McKnight and Chervany,2002). The online consumers desire the online sellers tobe willing and able to act in the consumers’ interests, tobe honest in transactions (not divulging personalinformation to other vendors), and to be capable ofdelivering the ordered goods as agreed.According to Mahmood (2004), the trust factor hassignificant positive contributions to consumers’ online shopping behaviour. Jiang, Chen and Wang (2008) argued thatconsumer trust is a critical enabler of successful onlineretailing and knowledge is one important factorinfluencing the level of trust. The work of Gefen (2003)and Al-Dwairi, Chappel and Feindt(2009), among others presented anintegrated trust model with the technology acceptancemodel for business-to-consumer (B2C) e-commerce.It is very important that customers are content with the products and servicesprovided by the particular internet shop as satisfied customers arelikely to be loyal and make repeat purchases which willincrease profitability of that particular e-commerce company. In this study, the concept of satisfaction will be referred in terms of outcome by comparingthe prior expectation and the perceived performance for eachantecedent factor in order to measure the attitude of the respondents for each of thosefactors.Many studies have been carried out to investigate the various degree of influence that e-commerce has on business development in Nigeria using different sectors of the economy but there seems a dearth of research that has specifically studied the relationship between e-commerce adoption and customer satisfaction using online shops. Based on this, this study takes a comparative analysis of E-commerce and customer satisfaction in fresh flowers company in regalflowers.com.1.2 Statement of the ProblemDespite the growth of internet users in Nigeria, muchresearch work has not been done in accessing the Business to Customer (B2C) e-commerce relationship. Presently, many online shoppingsites are thriving in Nigeria, servicing thousands ofsearchers every week. Some of them are:www.234 world., Xtaples.net, www.booksng.com, www.orderbay.com.,Regalflowers.com. Some of these sites make thetransaction process so easy that buyers forget about theopenmarket. A site like REGALFLOWERS.com allows buyer topay to a designated bank account after making onlinepurchases. The items purchased are then shipped to thebuyer at the speed of light. Regalflowers.com allows individual toreceive money online and thereafter use it to pay forpurchases made. Considering allthese, it is expected that the number of people engagingin e-commerce activity will increase. E-commerce hashowever not been widely tapped into in Nigeria. Many Nigerians stilltreat its benefits with deep skepticism. They do notbelieve that e-commerce transactions could besuccessfully conducted. Customers do not have trust on the delivery system, the payment style and the facelessness of e-commerce activities. Therefore, there is need for online marketing organizations in Nigeria to understand what satisfies individual and organizational customers. Based on this, the study is a comparative analysis of e-commerce and customer satisfaction in fresh flowers company using Regalflowers.com, which are some of the leading online shops in Nigeria.1.3 Aim and Objectives of the Study The general aim of this study is to analysee-commerce and customer satisfaction in fresh flowers company while the objectives are as follows;i) To identify the factors responsible for consumer re-order purchase in Regalflowers.com;ii) To determine causes of consumer loyalty to the online products of Regalflowers.com.1.4 Relevant Research QuestionsIn comparatively analyzing e-commerce and service delivery the following questions are pertinent:i) What are the factors responsible for consumer re-order purchase in Regalflowers.com?ii) What are the causes of consumer loyalty to the online products of Regalflowers.com?1.5 Relevant Research HypothesesH0:There are no factors responsible for customer re-order purchase in Regalflowers.comH1:There are factors responsible for customer re-order purchase in Regalflowers.com1.6 Significance of the Study This study became extremely important because of observed knowledge gap on e-commerce and its impact on customer satisfaction. This has made it apparently necessary to carry out this study. This study is therefore of significance to the following user groups:Managers of marketing organizations in Nigeria would benefit from the study as recommendations would serve as necessary data for management strategic decision making. Findings obtained from this study shall be of assistance to the Nigerian consumer public as recommendations would serve as a source of information for purchase decision making.The online shops in Nigeria would also benefit from this study as findings would assist them in formulating policies to counter competition in the sector.The study would also be of benefit to entrepreneurs who wish to venture into online marketing in Nigeria.This study would be of importance to academics who are involved in knowledge transfer as findings would serve as research evidence.1.7 Scope of the StudyThis study aims at comparatively analyzing e-commerce and customer satisfaction in fresh flowers company. 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