Post-Pandemic Online Shopping continues to show no end to growth

Online Shopping

Due to the pandemic, customers are beginning to shift their attention towards online shopping. And this shopping behaviour may be here to stay.

Asides from recording a post-pandemic change in customer behavior towards purchasing products and services, other forms of digital engagement have gone on the increase.

According to a 2021 survey, a strong move towards online shopping can be seen. This shift points to the effect of the lockdown when people were confined indoors and had to continue working from home. Another indicator of this move toward online consumption is a result of users searching for eco-friendly options to purchase products or pay for services.

This post-pandemic inclination implies that most customers are not showing any sign of returning to the traditional way of goods consumption.

Increased Shopping from Digital Devices

Over 8,600 individuals from 22 localities took part in the PwC survey. Part of the questions they were asked was how often they purchase from an online store, in the past 12 months.

The below chart gives a graphic explanation of the answers gotten from participants in this survey. This shows a rising preference towards online shopping, across various devices like PC, tablets, smartphones, and smart assistants like Google Home, Samsung SmartThings, and Amazon Echo

Groceries and Pharmaceuticals Leading Online Shopping Demand

McKinsey & Company’s survey illustrates in detail, customer shift to online shopping, as well as other types of purchases transacted digitally.

The survey revealed about 15 to 30 percent growth in the number of customers who made online purchases across different categories of products. A handful of these categories show a higher percentage of customers’ intention to shop online.

The leading category in this post-pandemic online shopping spree is over-the-counter groceries, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, and household supplies.

As noted by McKinsey, the shopping intent of customers have taken a new turn during this post-pandemic era. This has majorly affected changes in shopping for essentials.

A  Downtrend in Brand Loyalty

As customers continue to shop online from the comfort of their homes, McKinsey pointed out a contrasting downtrend that indicated brand loyalty being affected.

75 percent of United States customers have tried out a new shopping behavior. Of this large percentage, 36 percent of them have tried out products from different brands.

This trend is seen to be driven by some instances of products from popular brands being out of stock. This will push customers to try out available or similar products from (sometimes) unverified brands.

This brand shift is even being seen in shopping for products including the adult space. Ally who runs a store specialized in the highly niche space of selling dragon dildos says that sales are up as shoppers look for alternatives. “We’ve found that more shoppers are looking for value for money and considering new brands which offer the same or better quality levels than traditional brands charging significantly higher with slower service”.

Consolidation of Tech Brands

Another post-pandemic effect of online shopping is the empowerment of digital giants. This is because most customers made more use of communication channels such as Instagram, Facebook Messenger, and WhatsApp.

Benefiting more from this paradigm shift are tech giants like Google Meet, Microsoft Teams, and Zoom. Workplaces that have integrated hybrid and full-remote roles into their worth standards tend to resort to these communication applications for reaching out to their employees.

Post-pandemic Change is Here to Stay

Surveys and statistics show that the change in customer behavior which shows an inclination toward online shopping will outlast the pandemic.

Most users in Turkey and China have attested to the fact that they will continue to patronize online stores while keeping their focus on essential products in times to come.

Not only is online shopping a phenomenal change of the decade in customer behaviour, but it has also come to stay with us. Brands and organizations should brace for the impact.

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