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The acceptance and use of online shopping in Limpopo province

Michael N. Moeti, Sello N. Mokwena, Dimakatso D. Malebana
SA Journal of Information Management | Vol 23, No 1 | a1313 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajim.v23i1.1313 | © 2021 Michael N. Moeti, Sello N. Mokwena, Dimakatso D. Malebana | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 17 September 2020 | Published: 07 June 2021

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Michael N. Moeti, Department of Computer Science, Faculty of Information and Communication Technology, Tshwane University of Technology, Polokwane, South Africa
Sello N. Mokwena, Department of Computer Science, Faculty of Information and Communication Technology, Tshwane University of Technology, Polokwane, South Africa
Dimakatso D. Malebana, Department of Computer Science, Faculty of Information and Communication Technology, Tshwane University of Technology, Polokwane, South Africa


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Abstract

Background: The retail industry globally provides online shopping services to offer consumers easy access to a variety of shopping services. Like retailers in other countries, the retail industry in South Africa offers online shopping services to its consumers. South African consumers in Limpopo province are still reliant on the traditional shopping method, despite the convenience, ease of access and the elimination of physical boundaries offered by online shopping.

Objectives: This article investigated and discussed the factors which affect the acceptance and use of online shopping by consumers in Limpopo province.

Method: A quantitative research approach was used in this research. Data were gathered using a paper-based questionnaire and were analysed using Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) software.

Results: The perceived trialability was found to have significant influence on the acceptance and use of online shopping, whereas relative advantage, compatibility, complexity and external variables such as security and awareness were found not to be significant factors in the acceptance and use of online shopping in Limpopo province.

Conclusion: The research revealed that the effectiveness of trialability increased the intention to accept and use online shopping. Retail consumers in Limpopo province did not accept and use online shopping because of the lack of experience and trust. Trialability will make it easy for retail consumers in Limpopo province to build confidence in online s hopping, thus consumers may in the future be willing to accept and use online shopping. Retail consumers were found to be willing to accept and use online shopping.


Keywords

consumers intention; online shopping; online stores; mobile shopping; e-business

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