Ecommerce in Spain
After World War II and especially after the death of dictator Francisco Franco in 1975, Spain modernized quickly on economic grounds. However, in the last few years the government had to implement several austerity measures. A large budget deficit had to be reduced, but as a result Spain now has one of Europe’s highest unemployment rates. It’s estimated that more than 47.4 million people live in Spain, which makes it the 9th biggest country in the world. Slightly more than 46% of all Spanish people is between 25 and 54 years old. According to data from 2011 more than 28 million Spanish inhabitants have access to the internet.
|Population||46.7 million people|
|– % internet users||59%|
|Online sales||27.96 billion (2018)|
|Online stores worth mentioning:||Zara, Privalia, Mango|
- Ecommerce events in Spain
- Ecommerce customers in Spain
- The ecommerce market in Spain
- Big online stores in Spain
- Latest ecommerce news from or about Spain
Ecommerce events in Spain
Every year there are several ecommerce events being organized in Spain. 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 Spain.
Ecommerce customers in Spain
In 2019, there were about 26.2 million ecommerce users in Spain. A report from Ecommerce Europe in 2018 shows that online consumers in Spain have an outspoken preference when it comes to paying for products ordered online. The most preferred payment method is PayPal or something similar (77 percent). This is followed by debit and credit cards (50 percent), cash on delivery (18 percent) and invoice in arrears (6 percent).
According to data from IAB Spain, 44% of Spanish Internet users between 16 and 55 years old recurrently buy online. Their purchases could mostly be divided into the next product categories: fashion (65%), travel tickets (59%), consumer electronics (55%), tickets (54%) and books & CDs (46%). Data from the National Observatory for Telecommunications shows that about 18.6 million Spaniards bought something online in 2014.
Based on data from from Instituo Nacional de Estadictica, about 22% of the Spanish population bought something in the last three months prior to a survey in 2012. About 10.7 million Spanish people (31% of the population aged 16 to 74 years old) ordered something online in the last year.
The ecommerce market in Spain
Spain had to deal with a big financial crisis, but that was barely visible in the ecommerce sector. In fact, the ecommerce industry was one of the few sectors that experienced a double digit-growth in 2011 and 2012, something that also happened in the years after. Ecommerce in Spain was worth almost 28 billion euros in 2018, a report from the Ecommerce Foundation shows.
A lot of Spanish shoppers order their stuff on foreign websites. But since a few years, the total amount of purchases made on foreign online shops are lower than the ones on local sites. In terms of percentages, ecommerce isn’t that big in Spain. It accounts for only 3 percent of total retail sales. More information about the ecommerce market in Spain can be found on EcommerceWiki.
Big online stores in Spain
Popular online stores in Spain are El Corte Inglés, eBay, Amazon, Mil Anunacios, Segunda Mano, Lets Bonus, Groupon, Bing, eBay and Groupalia.
Latest news about Spain
Glami, a search engine for fashion, has expanded its presence abroad. The Czech ecommerce company is now also offering its services in Spain. In this Southern European country, Glami partners with local fashion companies, such as Desigual, Merkal and Vero Moda.
Alibaba will boost its partnership with Europe’s biggest department store group El Corte Inglés, by offering click & collect for AliExpress customers. In early 2020, they will be able to pick up their orders at El Corte Inglés stores.
Online store PcComponentes is the absolute winner of the Ecommerce Awards Spain. The popular online tech store won the prize that’s meant for a company that achieved excellence in both its online and offline strategies, marketing, its adaptability and its great results.
AliExpress is going offline. The popular Chinese shopping platform has opened a physical store in Madrid, the first of its kind in Europe. The store actually operates more like a showroom, because products still need to be ordered online.
Online pharmacy Newpharma wants to expand further across Europe and is thinking about launching its online shop in both Italy and Spain. Currently, the Belgian ecommerce company is active in six European countries.
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Last update: June 2019