;
Home / Knowledge / News / Information Technology / E-commerce continues to be a bright spot in biz - Scott Silverman
E-commerce continues to be a bright spot in biz - Scott Silverman
21
Oct '09
Despite a progressively deteriorating economic environment, including the worst holiday season in decades, 57 percent of online retailers surveyed for Shop.org's State of Retailing Online reported they were more profitable in 2008 than 2007. The survey polled 117 retailers and was conducted by Forrester Research, Inc.

“Many Americans are heading to the internet first to look for sales and promotions, especially when shopping for gifts and big purchases,” said Scott Silverman, Executive Director of Shop.org. “Though online retailers have had their challenges within the past year and watched consumers pull back on spending, e-commerce continues to be a bright spot in business.”

According to the survey, online retailers adjusted to the economy in a variety of different ways. Nine in ten retailers (91%) focused on preserving margins, while 88 percent of retailers amplified promotions or increased “value” messaging. Slightly more than half of retailers (53%) lowered prices as a result of the economy.

As the U.S. economy suffered in 2008, the environment provided an opportunity for some online retailers to focus on gaining market share while other retailers struggled. For many, that concentration proved successful: according to the survey, one-third of online retailers (33%) said they increased market share during the downturn.

“While online retailers have been able to navigate better than most through the economic downturn, companies should continue to focus on keeping costs low and integrating the online and offline channels in order to be best positioned when the economy bounces back,” said Sucharita Mulpuru, Forrester Research principal analyst.

As the economy begins to stabilize and consumer confidence grows, online retailers are hopeful for the future with guarded optimism. Four out of five online retailers (60%) believe the U.S economy will improve within the next year, and half (50%) think their web business will actually fare better than expected in the next 12 months. That said, retailers are being cautious internally: even though the overall sentiment about online retail is strong, thirty-eight percent said that they have actually lowered expectations around the Web business, even though the overall sentiment about the channel is strong.

Forrester Research, Inc. is an independent research company that provides pragmatic and forward-thinking advice to global leaders in business and technology. Forrester works with professionals in 20 key roles at major companies providing proprietary research, customer insight, consulting, events, and peer-to-peer executive programs. For more than 26 years, Forrester has been making IT, marketing, and technology industry leaders successful every day.

Shop.org, a division of the National Retail Federation, is the world's leading membership community for digital retail. Founded in 1996, Shop.org's 700 members include the 10 largest retailers in the U.S. and more than 60 percent of the Internet Retailer Top 100 E-Retailers. It's where the best retail minds come together to gain the insight, knowledge and intelligence to make smarter, more informed decisions in the evolving world of the Internet and multichannel retailing. Shop.org programs and activities include benchmarking research, events and networking communities.

National Retail Federation


Must ReadView All

Pakistan-Italy MoU to expand economic, trade cooperation

Textiles | On 14th Dec 2018

Pakistan-Italy MoU to expand economic, trade cooperation

Pakistan and Italy recently signed a memorandum of understanding...

South African parliament ratifies AfCFTA

Textiles | On 14th Dec 2018

South African parliament ratifies AfCFTA

The South African parliament recently ratified the agreement...

Jordan PM lays foundation stone for Chinese textile unit

Textiles | On 14th Dec 2018

Jordan PM lays foundation stone for Chinese textile unit

Jordanian Prime Minister Omar Razzaz recently laid the foundation...

Interviews View All

Abhimanyu Singh Rathore & Barbara Anna Kosiorek, Kannbar

Abhimanyu Singh Rathore & Barbara Anna Kosiorek
Kannbar

‘Blending cultures is the true beauty of fashion, where one’s imagination...

Rahul Bhadani, Looksgud

Rahul Bhadani
Looksgud

Navigating through catalogues is a bit hasslesome

DK Sharma, Velocity Apparelz

DK Sharma
Velocity Apparelz

We constantly communicate with employees at all levels

Franco Ravazzi,

Franco Ravazzi

Italy-based Tessimenti E Orditi Tinti (T.O.T SRL) specialises in stocking...

Tom,

Tom

<div>Inkbank is a leading supplier of inkjet inks and inkjet printing...

Maya Simova,

Maya Simova

Inter Expo and Congress Center (IEC) is a prominent exhibition centre in...

Prof Seokheun (Sean) Choi, Binghamton University, State University of New York (SUNY)

Prof Seokheun (Sean) Choi
Binghamton University, State University of New York (SUNY)

A team of researchers from the State University of New York (SUNY),...

Silke Brand-Kirsch, Schlegel und Partner

Silke Brand-Kirsch
Schlegel und Partner

Silke Brand-Kirsch, executive partner of Schlegel und Partner, a leading...

Kerem Durdag, Biovation II LLC

Kerem Durdag
Biovation II LLC

Kerem Durdag, CEO, Biovation II LLC, provides an insight into future...

Vaanee Bhatia, Gritstones Clothing

Vaanee Bhatia
Gritstones Clothing

<div>Delhi-based Gritstones Clothing offers quality and exemplary style...

Aditi Somani, Aditi Somani

Aditi Somani
Aditi Somani

Aditi Somani specialises in luxury fusion wear with international cuts and ...

Amiben Shroff, Shrujan

Amiben Shroff
Shrujan

From its modest beginning in the late 1960s, Shrujan has grown into a...

Press Release

Press Release

Letter to Editor

Letter to Editor

RSS Feed

RSS Feed

Submit your press release on


editorial@fibre2fashion.com

Letter To Editor






(Max. 8000 char.)

Search Companies





SEARCH

Leave your Comments


December 2018

Subscribe today and get the latest update on Textiles, Fashion, Apparel and so on.

news category


Related Categories:

Advanced Search