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That narrative asserted ecommerce grew while traditional store sales declined, which is the straightforward interpretation of the data. Early analyst predictions that traditional stores would eventually disappear in the face of the ecommerce juggernaut have yet to come to fruition.
More than 20 years later, ecommerce has yet to crack 10 percent of total retail sales. It also diminishes the importance of physical stores in a more convoluted and fragmented consumer purchase path.
Stores drive online sales because they instill a sense of confidence and trust in the consumer.
Whereas Amazon and, to a much lesser extent, eBay saw growth, stronger gains came from omnichannel players such as Walmart, Target, Best Buy, Sears, and others. According to data from ChannelAdvisorAmazon saw a 24 percent increase in sales during the five-day period measured Thanksgiving to Cyber Monday.
However, bricks-and-clicks retailers witnessed an average of nearly 83 percent growth over And Amazon is nearly alone among ecommerce providers in its brand strength and level of success.
Yet traditional retailers with ecommerce are the ones that are gaining. With only a few exceptions e. The physical retail store also is critical for returns, which play a huge role in online buying.
The idea that a consumer can take a risk on an unseen item because it can be returned locally is a critical consumer confidence builder and competitive advantage for the local branch of a multi-location retailer.
In fact, the perceived convenience of in-store returns and exchanges makes this the preferred option over online by a factor of nearly eight. Physical retail stores factor heavily in the consumer buying decision. They play a critical role in brand building and consumer confidence building.
And they are critical for ecommerce as well. Turns out the store will continue to play an important role in the future of retail.
The superficial take on Cyber Weekend shopping data is the story of ecommerce growth at the expense of traditional stores.
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