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The COVID-19 Impact on Ecommerce: Stats and Trends You Need to Know

The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically changed the way people shop.

The COVID-19 Impact on Ecommerce: Stats and Trends You Need to Know

The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically changed the way people shop. With lockdowns, social distancing, and other restrictions in place, more and more people are turning to ecommerce to get the goods they need. As a result, ecommerce has experienced a significant impact, both positive and negative, as a result of the pandemic. In this article, we'll take a closer look at the impact of COVID-19 on ecommerce and explore some of the latest stats and trends.

  1. Ecommerce sales have increased dramatically

One of the most significant impacts of the pandemic on ecommerce has been a massive increase in online sales. According to eMarketer, US ecommerce sales grew by 44% in 2020, reaching a total of $861.12 billion. This increase in online shopping is driven by several factors, including the closure of brick-and-mortar stores, the need for social distancing, and the convenience of online shopping.

  1. Ecommerce growth is expected to continue

The pandemic has also led to a shift in consumer behavior that is likely to continue even after the pandemic is over. In a recent survey, 56% of consumers said they plan to continue shopping online after the pandemic is over. This shift is likely to drive further growth in ecommerce sales in the coming years.

  1. Online marketplaces are gaining in popularity

Online marketplaces like Amazon, eBay, and Walmart have seen a significant increase in traffic and sales during the pandemic. According to Digital Commerce 360, online marketplace sales grew by 39% in 2020, reaching $2.05 trillion. This growth is expected to continue in 2021 and beyond.

  1. Mobile ecommerce is on the rise

Mobile commerce (m-commerce) has been growing steadily in recent years, and the pandemic has only accelerated this trend. In 2020, mobile ecommerce sales in the US grew by 42.6%, reaching $314.42 billion. This growth is expected to continue as more and more consumers use their mobile devices to shop online.

  1. Certain product categories have seen a surge in demand

The pandemic has also led to changes in consumer behavior when it comes to the types of products they are buying online. Some product categories, such as groceries and home goods, have seen a surge in demand as consumers look for ways to avoid crowded stores. Other categories, such as fashion and beauty, have seen a decline in sales as consumers focus on more essential purchases.

  1. Supply chain disruptions have impacted ecommerce

While ecommerce has seen significant growth during the pandemic, it hasn't been all positive. Supply chain disruptions, including factory shutdowns, shipping delays, and inventory shortages, have impacted ecommerce retailers' ability to meet demand. In a survey conducted by Digital Commerce 360, 62% of retailers reported experiencing supply chain disruptions due to the pandemic.

In conclusion, the COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on ecommerce, with online sales growing rapidly and consumer behavior shifting towards online shopping. While the pandemic has presented challenges for ecommerce retailers, including supply chain disruptions, the overall trend towards ecommerce is expected to continue in the coming years. As consumers become more comfortable with online shopping, ecommerce is likely to become an increasingly important part of the retail landscape.

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Shazad Awanshapeshape
Shazad Awan
CEO and Co-Founder