If you’ve ever thought of starting an eCommerce business, now’s the time to get real. The global and U.S. online opportunities are getting bigger every day as the COVID-19 pandemic forces people to spend less time in brick-and-mortar stores and more comfortable shopping online.
If we’re preaching to the choir and you’re just looking to get started, download our “Get in the Home & Garden eCommerce Game” guide to get on your way. If you need a little more food for thought, chew on the following numbers.
According to eMarketer, U.S. customers spent nearly $587B online in 2019 – before the COVID-19 pandemic shifted buying behavior from offline to online.
93% – and Growing
Statista’s eCommerce outlook stated that in 2018, 93% of internet users in the U.S. made at least one purchase online. Compound this with more and more users looking to the web to purchase everything from home office equipment to groceries in the time of COVID-19, and the online market will see more category growth and more average purchases per user going forward – not to mention more net-new internet users who were forced to change their buying habits and become more digitally fluent in 2020.
Statista predicts that by 2021, mobile eCommerce (or mCommerce) will represent over half of all U.S. online sales. Businesses that can launch websites, mobile sites, and apps to meet the growing user demand will be poised to succeed.
Think you need to spend a bundle up front to build a viable eCommerce business? Think again. For less than $200/month, you can become an AndMakers partner to get your products listed with major U.S. retailers and get end-to-end support, including sales and marketing, EDI/API automation, inventory management, warehousing, and fulfillment that ships directly to your customers.
For more information on getting started in the eCommerce industry, download our startup guide. And remember: whether or not you partner with AndMakers in our mission to make the U.S. eCommerce market accessible to every company, we’re always here if you have questions.