Online retail sales to reach 1.7 trillion dollars this year

Date: 27/07/2015 Comments: 0
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Online retail sales to reach 1.7 trillion dollars this year

New data from Juniper Research has revealed that global online retail sales are expected to reach 1.7 trillion dollars this year, up by more than 17 per cent on 2014’s total. It argued that while recent growth had been buoyed by factors such as public wifi deployments and 4G rollout, in the medium term sales would receive a strong boost from the trend of social media companies to act as direct sales platforms.

The new research, Mobile & Online Purchases: Cards, Carrier Billing & Third Party Payment Platforms 2015-2020 observed that players such as Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram had already launched ‘buy’ buttons from their mobile apps. It claimed that such players are also likely to enhance their sales prospects through strategic retailer partnerships, with Twitter already enabling users to link their accounts to Amazon.

The research also argued that online retailers were increasingly seeking to reduce time-to-consumer by launching same-day delivery, while ‘bricks and mortar’ stores now widely offered next-day in-store collection – often charging a premium for this option.

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However, the research cautioned that retailers need to deliver a consistency of message, branding and shopping experience across all channels. It argued that integration between in-store and online is also critical if the retailers want to maximise the extent to which that can identify a unique individual’s omnichannel shopping habits.

According to research author Dr Windsor Holden: "The key is to ensure that consumers are allowed to choose their own path to purchase rather than have it effectively mandated by channel limitations."



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