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Title: Evolution of the online grocery shopping experience during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Empiric study from Portugal
Authors: Gomes, Sofia
Lopes, João M.
Keywords: Online grocery shopping
Food retail
Consumer behavior
Online shopping experience
Pandemic COVID-19
Issue Date: 6-Jul-2022
Publisher: MDPI - Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute
Citation: Gomes, S., & Lopes, J. M. (2022). Evolution of the online grocery shopping experience during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Empiric study from Portugal. Journal of Theoretical and Applied Electronic Commerce Research, 17, 909–923. Repositório Institucional UPT.
Abstract: Online shopping has intensified in the last decade. The COVID-19 pandemic has imposed circulation limitations and more restrictive behaviors on consumers due to fears of contracting the virus, boosting online grocery shopping. This study aims to assess the relationship between the online food purchasing experience during the pandemic and the intention to purchase food online after the pandemic. The sample of this quantitative study is composed of 358 Portuguese consumers who carried out grocery shopping online during the pandemic and was collected through an online questionnaire. First, a cross-sectional description of the variables was applied to this sample and then an analytical cross-sectional survey was carried out using the partial least squares method. Due to health concerns, food and beverage consumption behaviors changed positively during the pandemic compared to before. Healthier consumer behavior towards food and beverages during the pandemic, compared to before the pandemic, may influence a greater propensity for online grocery shopping. Sociodemographic characteristics (age, education, income) were also determinants of the propensity to shop online during the pandemic. Specifically, the results of this study demonstrate a positive influence of young male consumers, with higher levels of education and income, regarding the online supermarket shopping experience. The results also demonstrate that a good online shopping experience during the pandemic can positively influence online shopping intentions after the pandemic. This study makes it possible to identify determinants of the online food shopping experience, serving as guidance and preparation for strategic marketing for retail grocery companies that wish to position themselves online. It also helps marketers and policymakers understand the potential influence of sociodemographic characteristics such as age, income, and education on building a relationship with consumers. Finally, the relationship between personal characteristics and the online grocery shopping experience requires further substantiation and this study contributes to this gap in the literature.
ISSN: 0718-1876 (Electronic)
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