Green consumerism is on the rise
A quality product alone is no longer enough to win the loyalty of shoppers making purchases online.
The behavior of customers has changed, and their expectations from the products they buy are aligned with their personal values, including social and environmental—they are now increasingly demanding green products.
Green consumerism is on the rise as shoppers are passionate about the planet and want products from purpose-driven brands that advocate sustainability practices, making it vital for brands to act quickly to stay relevant and competitive. As such, retailers adopting sustainability business practices will influence more sales1.
Today, the sole responsibility of ensuring sustainability lies on the shoulders of retailers. Present-day ecommerce solutions focus more on personalized customer journey orchestrations but fail to advocate practices that will make customers contribute to a greener shopping online. There are numerous ways to ensure shoppers’ purchase behaviors have a greener impact on the planet and promote environmental stewardship.
Sustainability indices can be improved with a responsible customer journey orchestration through ecommerce solutions powered by artificial intelligence for green commerce online. The framework prescribed here aims at predicting shopper behavior and advocating effective means for them to be a part of the sustainability journey and make the planet better through responsible shopping that focuses on green products.
Nudge green shopping routine online
Omnichannel customer journey orchestrations through unified commerce platforms can go ‘green’ by predicting purchase behaviors and nudging changes in shoppers’ online routine.
An intelligent framework using artificial intelligence (AI) models within or outside commerce solutions can predict, in numerous ways, the possible customer journey orchestrations based on customers’ intents and linkages and then recommend a greener way of shopping to drive sustainability practices.
Cognitive journey orchestration for sustainability can take various forms
A robust modelling and AI-driven prediction of customer behavior with ecommerce solutions can make shoppers aware of how they can be a part of the overall eco-friendly and sustainability initiatives.
The key performance indicators (KPIs) that an effective sustainability-focused journey orchestration should track include:
Green commerce with personalized journey orchestration to drive sustainability practices can take numerous forms based on the attributes of shoppers and retailers:
The growing popularity of online shopping has raised environmental concerns. But sustainable journey orchestrations done in an intelligent way by deploying the right ecommerce solutions can help online shopping become greener. These journeys can be extended to multiple retailers’ context and the approach can become a state-of-the-art eco-friendly solution with the ability to make drastic difference to the way shopping is done online and make it more sustainable
Enable real-time, intelligent green shopping
Green shopping mandates an understanding of shoppers’ 720-degree profile, including internal, external, and eco-profile, and retailers’ sustainability business practices and selling contexts.
Additionally, shoppers’ intent in real time with a multitude of edges forms the core tenets of the framework (Figure 1).
The data is engineered and aggregated to build a unique sustainability realm context (SRC) model that serves as a foundation for prediction and recommendation of sustainability-focused customer journey orchestrations.
Retailers can leverage the framework for insights into shoppers’ behavioral traits and implicit preferences based on their intents and affinity towards purchases. Retailers’ sustainability and selling contexts, which includes marketing, offers, orders, logistics, sourcing, and sustainability data, help drive the customer journey orchestration in tandem with their intents. The sustainability realm context model is an aggregated perspective of the derived profile, sustainability and selling contexts that helps predict shopping behavior and prescribe intelligent recommendations of customer journey orchestrations to drive sustainability.
The engineered and aggregated data needs to be continuously updated and ingested into the SRC model to drive synchronized and consistent experiences across touchpoints. AI and machine learning helps to process the complex dataset quickly, abstract the right information by disregarding invalid data and predicting eco-friendly shopping behaviors and tendency for green consumerism.
Follow a layered approach to build the journeys
Seamless and personalized customer journey orchestration to promote sustainability can be built using a layered approach by leveraging a comprehensive set of static and derived attributes of retailers and shoppers (Figure 2).
The approach starts with the identification of the unified customer profile information, including internal, social, and eco-friendly profile, and leverages the eco-friendly catalog and product set that the shopper intends to buy. The customer’s propensity/inclination set layer determines various intents and transaction linkages, including click streams, past purchases, wish lists, customer preferences and interests, online and store transactions, gift purchases, and visit and basket metrics.
The next layer determines the logistics and selling context of the retailer, including the shipping methods, eco-friendly and transportation logistics, sustainability data, offers, promotions and discounts.
The layers are fused together to derive contextualized set of information for the specific shopper’s profile that could result in a best-value ecological product and shipping data set. AI-ML algorithms are defined to predict the contextualized customer journey orchestration that is more personalized, real- time, intent-driven, and promotes responsible green consumerism.
Retailers and shoppers can obtain better visibility on environment friendliness with this approach, together drive the sustainability indices for continuous improvement and promote eco-friendly shopping online.
A model beneficial for both retailers, shoppers
Personalized customer journey orchestrations for green commerce provide a model mutually beneficial for both retailers and shoppers, especially those who lean towards green products, and a co-created responsibility towards an eco-friendly shopping environment through an intelligent framework and approach.
The approach acts as a catalyst for enabling sustainable shopping online and encourages green consumerism. It prompts shoppers and retailers to join hands to drive sustainability KPIs together, which can have a profound impact on sustainability practices.
The core models prescribed here can be enhanced further for various customer journey orchestrations, which could have a direct impact on the planet. The approach could be smaller in scale pertaining to one customer context but can create a larger impact when applied at a global scale for millions of shoppers across the world and serve one common objective of having a better planet and better health.
The growing popularity of online shopping has raised environmental concerns. But sustainable journey orchestrations done in an intelligent way can help online shopping become greener. These journeys can be extended to multiple retailers’ context to make drastic difference to the way online shopping is done online and make it more sustainable.