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18 Jun. 2018 | Comments (0)

Consumers who make half or more of their purchases online rose to 26 percent, up from 21 percent a year ago

 

The intent to spend on online purchases has grown across a wide range of products and services compared to five years ago. For example, 45% of consumers intend to spend more online on vacation and travel. Similarly, 37% intend to spend more online on fresh and packaged groceries. Categories such as jewelry and tools are less affected.

 

Consumers increasingly turn to online shopping for making their purchases 

Percent of purchases made online last year

Percent of purchases made online last year

Plans to spend on online purchases in 2018 v 2013

Plans to spend on online purchases in 2018 v 2013

Consumers who make half or more of their purchases online rose across all age and income groups except to those in their 60’s or those with annual household incomes under $35,000  

Consumers aged 30 or younger and claim to make half or more of their purchases online has increased from 35 to 43 percent.  Even consumers in their 50s who claim to make half or more of their purchases online has increased from 16 to 23 percent.

Online shopping has increased across all age groups

Percent of purchases made online last year, by age group

Percent of purchases made online last year, by age group

The percent of households earning $125K or more and claim to make half or more of their purchases online has increased from 32 to 38 percent.

Online shopping has increased particularly among more affluent consumers

Percent of purchases made online last year, by household income

Percent of purchases made online last year, by household income

Connected Spenders

Last year, we introduced the Connected Spenders – a specific cohort of consumers around the world who are willing to spend, are fully engaged with the global economy, and have access to goods and services they desire. One of the most direct implications of Connected Spenders and their growing role in the economy is that they are important drivers of the rise in online commerce.

We project that Connected Spenders will account for half of global consumption by 2025—and will exhibit unique demographics and behaviors around the world. Our recent survey suggests that even in a market like the U.S. where internet penetration is already widespread, e-commerce continues to grow across product categories among consumers of various demographic and socioeconomic backgrounds. We encourage you to get to know Connected Spenders better and learn how you can leverage this new source of growth.

  • About the Author: John Forsyth

    John Forsyth

    John Forsyth is currently partner of Forsyth Insights LLC, a consumer insights boutique. He has worked in most industries, though he specializes in consumer goods/electronics, retail, and pharmaceutic…

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  • About the Author: Sumair Sayani

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    Sumair Sayani is a Vice President at The Demand Institute and Nielsen. Sumair leads The Demand Institute’s delivery of key research programs.Prior to this role, Sumair led the Nielsen’s Pu…

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  • About the Author: Ben Cheng

    Ben Cheng

    Ben Cheng is an associate economist in the economics department at The Conference Board. He received his undergraduate degree in economics with honors and mathematics at New York University. Ben …

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