Retailers like Amazon, Google, Wal-Mart, Macy’s, Best Buy, and others will be glad to hear the forecast for this year’s online sales. All of them have been making heavy investments into growing their e-commerce, including offering some form of Same-Day Delivery in the US or abroad. E-commerce is expected to hit a growth hike for holidays and the latest numbers are a sign of it.
Internet retailer says that 57 of the 61 days during the holidays will exceed $1 billion in online sales, resulting from e-commerce sales being expected to grow 11% this holiday season. This equates to $91.6 billion, which will be an increase from $82.5 billion from last year. The 2016 Digital Insights Shopping Predictions report from Adobe Digital Insights was released last week and reveals that shoppers are expected to begin buying online early, which will continue after Christmas Day. For the three days—Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday—roughly 9.2% of those online sales will occur during that time, accounting for $8.4 billion, roughly 9.2% of those online sales, according to the Adobe study.
According to an Adobe survey of over 1,000 US consumers, 31% of U.S. consumers say they will start their holiday shopping before November 1st. This is up 5% from last year. This attests to how consumers have become more comfortable with online shopping, as well as having a peace of mind with retailers being able to deliver. Shoppers have come to enjoy using same-day delivery to get their online items to their front door. It is convenient when you can see a deal online and then have it delivered to your front door in a matter of hours.
This is exactly what big name retailers are offering consumers, especially during the holidays. Amazon for example, has Amazon Prime available in several major US cities. Amazon has free same-day delivery in 27 city markets, including the San Diego, San Francisco Bay Area, Seattle-Tacoma, Dallas-Fort Worth, Indianapolis, New York, Boston, Tampa Bay, Baltimore,Washington DC, Chicago, Orlando, Nashville, Raleigh, Richmond, Tucson, Atlanta, and more. Last month, Amazon.ca also launched free same-day delivery in two major cities—Toronto and Vancouver. In addition according to Adobe, Prime Day may rank as this year’s third busiest online shopping day in the US.
Google is gaining momentum with expanding Google Express in now 14 different states. Early October, Google Express was rolled out in New York. Now, the e-retailer recently announced the service is available in Alabama, Kentucky, Utah, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming.
As holiday sales go up, same-day delivery will grow along with it. This is why partnering with a Same-Day Courier like AQuickDelivery can position companies to compete and capture the upcoming holiday sales to come. The Atlanta Courier has the courier expertise to quickly develop same-day delivery solutions that will produce results in Georgia, even nationwide.
Reference: 10.27.16, www.internetretailer.com, Zak Stambor, Online sales will surpass $1 billion nearly every day this holiday season, Adobe predicts