Ecommerce in Austria
Austria is a Central-European country that is part of the so-called DACH region, which also consists of Germany and Switzerland. The country has as many as eight neighboring countries. is one of the Scandinavian countries. Austria has been a member of the United Nations since 1955 and joined the European Union in 1995. The euro is the currency of Austria.
|Population||8.77 million people|
|– % internet users||89%|
|Online sales||€7.3 billion (2018)|
|Online stores worth mentioning:||Universal.at, Eduscho, E-tec.at|
- Ecommerce events in Austria
- Ecommerce customers in Austria
- The ecommerce market in Austria
- Big online stores in Austria
- Latest ecommerce news from or about Austria
Ecommerce events in Austria
Every year there are several ecommerce events being organized in Austria. We have a handy ecommerce events calendar, where you can find all the major online retail events in Europe. But you can also check out only the ecommerce events in Austria.
Ecommerce customers in Austria
According to the Austrian statistical office, 89 percent of Austrian households had access to the internet in 2018. This means there are about 7.8 million Internet users in Austria. The same source also claims that 60.3 percent of all persons in Austria shopped online within the last twelve months. The average annual spending per online shopper in Austria is 1,700 euros. The study ‘Internet-Einzelhandel 2018’ also shows that 55 percent of what Austrians spend online goes to international retailers.
In Austria, invoice is a popular payment method. Research from Worldpay shows that 34.5 percent of transactions in Austria happen with cards, while bank transfers (31.1 percent) are also very popular. Most of these bank transfers are done online in real time. Another popular payment method in Austria is the e-wallet, which accounts for 13.6 percent of payments. The most popular e-wallet in Austria is, by far, PayPal, followed by Quick and ClickandBuy. According to Worldpay, these are the preferred payment methods in Austria:
The ecommerce market in Austria
Based on data from the Austrian Institute for SME Research, ecommerce in Austria was worth 7.3 billion euros in 2018. And the study ‘Internet-Einzelhandel 2018’ shows that ecomerce in Austria accounts for 4.3 percent of the country’s total retail sales.
Clothing and sporting goods are the most popular product category in Austria, with 41 percent of consumers buying products from this category online at least once a year. Books and magazines are in second place, although the number of online shoppers has decreased compared to a similar study five year earliers.
Big online stores in Austria
Some of the most popular and biggest online stores in Austria are online department store Universal.at, which sells mostly fashion, furniture and consumer electronics, Eduscho, which sells mostly coffee and travel, but also fashion and home & living items, and E-tec.at, which sells all kinds of consumer electronics. Other popular online retailers in Austria are Media Saturn, XXXL Gruppe, dm and Amazon.
Latest news about Austria
Consumers in Austria like to shop online, but apparently they don’t like to do this at local online stores. Only 8 percent of all online sales generated in Austria go to a purely Austrian ecommerce company.
Charlie Temple, an optical online retailer from the Netherlands, has expanded to Belgium and Austria. For the fast-growing ecommerce scale-up in prescription glasses these are the second and third new market, after it also expanded to Germany last year.
Bluecode, a mobile payment solution from Austria, has raised 12 million euros in its latest financing round. Private venture capitalists from Europe, who invested in Bluecode in the autumn of 2018, are investing again in the payment solution for iPhones and Android smartphones.
At the start of the Christmas season, Amazon has honored small and medium-sized enterprises with the Amazon Verkaufspartner-Awards (Amazon Selling Partner Awards). Customers of Amazon Germany chose their favorite companies in the categories ‘Partner of the year’, ‘Innovation champion of the year’ and ‘export champion of the year’.
Greenstorm, which launched an online shop this morning, is one of the fastest-growing companies in Europe. The German company that provides e-bikes to hoteliers in six European countries, now has an online marketplace which offers private traders the opportunity to sell their used e-bikes.
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Last update: June 2019