Title

Research on Australian e-tailers: Strategic issues, success factors, and challenges

Document Type

Journal Article

Publisher

Inderscience Enterprises Ltd.

Faculty

Business and Public Management

School

Management

RAS ID

2331

Comments

This article was originally published as: Huang, X. (2003). Research on Australian e-tailers: Strategic issues, success factors, and challenges. International Journal of Services Technology and Management, 4(4-6), 563-573. Original available here

Abstract

The emergence of the internet has revolutionised the retailing industry. This paper attempts to integrate research on Australian e-tailers and to explore empirically strategic issues in managing e-tailers. Research so far on Australian e-tailers has shown that they have used state-of-the-art internet technology in designing their websites and have offered a big range of products to their online customers. The most difficult challenge facing them is fulfilment because of geographic isolation and low population density. The Australian government is actively involved in tackling those issues that concern consumers, such as privacy and security, by legislation and promoting a "best practice model". The findings from a case study of an Australian e-tailer can help us understand several strategic issues in managing pure e-tailers. To survive, e-tailers need to select product offerings carefully, streamline business processes, minimise marketing budgets and HR costs, improve fulfilment efficiency, and adopt a long-term growth strategy.

DOI

10.1504/IJSTM.2003.003633

 

Link to publisher version (DOI)

10.1504/IJSTM.2003.003633