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    Four years of digital transformation in four weeks: UK lockdown puts pressure on brands to digitally deliver

    August 5, 2020
    • UK businesses could lose almost a third of customers if either its app or website is unavailable for more than 24 hours
    • Online retailers suffer worst – with nearly a quarter (23 percent) would switch brand if they couldn’t access an online service for 12 hours, rising to a third (34 percent) after 24 hours

    London, 05 August 2020 – A study released today reveals the scale of omni-channel pressure brands now faced as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, as consumers flock to apps and websites to as the priority destination to transact with brands.

    The UK has experienced a huge leap in use of online services thanks to lockdown, with the public appearing to have less concern for the availability of a brand’s physical location. Research by Sungard Availability Services (Sungard AS) uncovers a “window of availability” that UK businesses now have before consumer loyalty changes:

    • If a brand’s website is down for 24 hours – 32 percent of consumers would switch provider
    • If a brand’s app is down for 24 hours – 28 percent of consumers would switch provider
    • If a physical store is closed for 24 hours – 20 percent of consumers would switch provider

    The results by industry paint an interesting picture of the availability timeframes brands are expected to adhere to:

    • For online retailers, excluding grocery retailers – 23 percent of consumers would switch provider if they could not access online services for 12 hours, rising to over a third (34 percent) after 24 hours
    • For financial services and entertainment streaming platforms – 21 percent of consumers would switch provider after 12 hours, rising to 33 percent after 24 hours
    • In the case of online grocery shopping – 20 percent would switch provider after 12 hours, rising to one third 33 percent after 24 hours

    The findings also highlight that as digital reliance increases, so will consumer expectations towards availability in the future. Over the coming two years, a third (33 percent) of consumers expect online financial services to always be available, rising to 35 percent for streaming services.

    “UK consumers have become reliant on the constant availability of online services, and lockdown has only served to heighten this,” comments Chris Huggett, SVP, EMEA at Sungard AS. “What used to be a choice between physical and digital has now firmly accelerated into digital environments across various industries. As online worlds continue to outpace bricks and mortar as the face of businesses, ensuring constant availability and clear communications on downtime will be key for brands to build trust and loyalty.

    About Sungard Availability Services

    Sungard Availability Services (Sungard AS) is a leading provider of cloud connected infrastructure solutions serving enterprise customers from 75 hardened data centres and workplace recovery facilities in nine countries. Sungard AS has a 40-year track record of delivering resilient and highly available hybrid IT solutions. Backed by high-performance networks, Sungard AS modernises customers’ end-to-end IT across connected infrastructure, cloud, recovery and workplace solutions. Working with customers to understand their business objectives, Sungard AS identifies gaps in customers’ current environments and tailors a solution to achieve their desired business outcomes. 

    For more information, visit Sungard AS at www.sungardas.co.uk or call +44 808 238-8080. Connect with Sungard AS on its Blog LinkedIn, Twitter Facebook and YouTube.

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