1.1 BACKGROUND OF THE STUDY
The advent and subsequent growth of internet services has led to a significant change in the nature of transacting business. Consequently, the conventional buying and selling in supermarkets, stores and open markets can be equally done through the internet.Therfore, doing business on the internet has led to Online shopping. Conceptually , online shopping constitute a typical form of online shopping which enables consumers and sellers to carryout buying and selling of products and services directly over the Internet using a browser. Botha, J.; Bothma, C.; Geldenhuys, P. (2008). The Consumers can access the product of their interest by visiting the website of the seller directly or by searching for alternative vendors using the internet shopping search engine, which displays the products and services available and their prices. As at 2016, online shopping has become popular through the use of a range of different computers and devices, including desktop computers, laptops, tablet computers and smartphones.The use of online shopping has provided support to the improvement of business performance through increased sales as a result of access to online and offline customers. Business Performance is the optimization of overall business performance and attainment of business goals. It enables an organization appraise Key Performance Indicators and determines the efficiency and success of the firms business activities. The study seeks to appraise the effectiveness of online shopping on business performance. A case study of Jumia.
1.2 STATEMENT OF THE PROBLEM
The use of online shopping is however faced with challenges such as the inability to inspect products physically before purchase. This condition places the consumers at a higher risk of fraud as the items ordered online, may not work properly, have defects, or may not be the same item pictured in the online photograph. There are also security challenges as online payments may expose the customers banking details to hackers. The impact of such breaches could be devastating. Computer security is currently a major concern for merchants and online shopping service providers who are evolving ways to eradicate and mitigate various security challenges in the use of the internet for transacting business. Therefore the problem confronting the study is to appraise the effectiveness of online shopping on business performance. A case study of Jumia.
1.3 OBJECTIVE OF THE STUDY
The Main Objective of the study is to appraise the effectiveness of online shopping on business performance. A case study of Jumia; The specific objectives include
1 To determine the nature of online shopping.
2 To determine the effectiveness of online shopping on business performance.
3 To determine the effectiveness of online shopping on business performance in Jumia.
1.4 RESEARCH QUESTIONS
1 What is the nature of online shopping?
2 What is the effectiveness of online shopping on business performance?
3 What is the effectiveness of online shopping on business performance in Jumia?
1.5 STATEMENT OF THE HYPOTHESIS
The statement of the hypothesis for the study is stated in Null as follows
HO The effectiveness of online shopping on business performance in Jumia is low.
1.6 SIGNIFICANCE OF THE STUDY
The study appraises the effectiveness of online shopping on business performance. A case study of Jumia. The study shall therefore serve as veritable source of information to stakeholders to proffer interventions which will address the problem
1.7 SCOPE OF THE STUDY
The study focuses on the appraisal of the impact of pricing strategy on organizational Competitiveness. A case study of MTN Nigeria.
1.8 LIMITATION OF THE STUIDY
The study was confronted with logistics and geographical factors
1.9 DEFINITION OF TERMS
ONLINE SHOPPING DEFINED
FIRMS COMPETITIVENESS DEFINED
The firm’s competitiveness lies in its ability to provide products and service more effectively and efficiently than its competitors. It is the ability of the firm to maintain sustained success and the ability to compete favorably with the world's best firms in cost and quality of goods or services.
FINANCIAL PERFORMANCE DEFINED
This is the measure of the firm’s financial returns or goals through the use of evaluation method or financial indicators.