Infographic: How eCommerce Made Everyday Life Easier
Juggling daily activities has never been an easy feat, but in today’s world, it can be likened to an art form, especially when one adds children to the colorful mixture. Therefore, when an opportunity like online shopping comes knocking, one will hardly turn down the offer.
The internet gave us almost limitless options and opportunities. Naturally, there are unsavory aspects of it that nobody likes to think about. Yet, with a little bit of caution mixed with common sense and basic knowledge, one can navigate the vastness of the online world with relative ease.
Some will gladly warn online shoppers about online fraud, damaged goods, and the frustration that goes hand in hand with waiting for the products to arrive—all valid points for sure. Yet, the upside is that online shopping also means lower prices, almost endless choices of both goods and retailers, as well as overall convenience.
The stated benefits are confirmed by the fact that eight out of ten Americans are active online shoppers. More precisely, 79% of adults have bought something online, 51% of them have used their mobile phones for the same reason, while 15% used social media links.
It is certainly much easier to sit in a comfortable armchair, sip on coffee, and click away on your phone, tablet, or laptop than sit in traffic, spend hours looking for products, stand in a queue, load the products into your car, and also unload them when you come home. Naturally, this is the scenario if all goes right, and there are no unexpected disasters along the way.
Compared to the traditional way of shopping, which has its perks, online shopping seems like a smoother, more sophisticated option where the job gets done more efficiently and in less time.
These are not just empty platitudes because numbers back up the claims.
- US online retail sales reached $389 million in 2016.
- Online sales made on smartphones in 2017 were worth more than $156 billion in the US.
- The US was the second-largest eCommerce market in 2019, reaching $586.92 billion.
With predictions such as that digitally influenced purchases are likely to reach $3.9 trillion, and that US online retail sales are expected to reach $380 million in 2022, eCommerce is here to stay.