September 26, 2013

E-commerce Industry Outlook Series: Food and Beverage Industry
E-commerce Sales to Grow 38% by 2016

Author Victor Achilles
Category Blog | eCommerce | Industry |

In 2013, eMarketer estimates US retail e-commerce sales will total $259 billion, a 14.8% annual increase over 2012’s $225.5 billion indicating the future is very bright for e-commerce. Retail categories like food and beverage as well as auto and parts have disproportionately low sales online; indicating a large scope for e-commerce growth. Food and beverages, purchased mainly offline, are estimated to contribute $5.8 billion to online retail’s total sales in 2013. It is expected to produce a compound annual growth rate of 17%, a sign of an up and coming category.

Although currently at 6%, a number of research sources believe e-commerce is capable of achieving 20% or more of total US retail sales if big spending categories gain larger traction online. The advent of new technology and changing consumer buying habits are driving transformation in online shopping. Addressing consumer trends is key to driving ecommerce sales for companies in the food and beverage retail industry.

How can Food and Beverage Companies use e-commerce?

Today’s consumers are using a wide variety of channels to shop, including online stores, mobile sites, and social media to compare prices, read reviews, and even order products without stepping into a store. Food and Beverage companies can use these outlets to feel out customer tastes and to turn prospective customers into repeat buyers. With these multiple channels, companies can offer a seemingly endless variety of products, convenient pay and shipping options, and great prices while minimizing operational costs.

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