Ecommerce in The United Kingdom
The United Kingdom is one of the leading countries in the western world. As one of five permanent members of the UN Security Council and a founding member of NATO, the UK is an influential country with an important economy. It’s an active member of the European Union, but it chose to remain outside of the Economic and Monetary Union and therefore keep its pounds and pennies. In 2016, The Brits voted for Brexit, which means the United Kingdom will withdraw from the European Union.
THE UNITED KINGDOM
|Population||66.8 million people|
|– % internet users||96%|
|Online sales||€200 billion (2019)|
|Online stores worth mentioning:||Tesco, Asos, Argos|
- Ecommerce eventsin the United Kingdom
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- The ecommerce market in the United Kingdom
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- Latest ecommerce news from or about the United Kingdom
Ecommerce events in the United Kingdom
Every year there are several ecommerce events being organized in the United Kingdom. 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 the United Kingdom.
Ecommerce customers in the United Kingdom
A study from the Ecommerce Foundation in 2019 shows that PayPal is, by far, the most popular payment method in the United Kingdom. Over 40 percent of buyers have used PayPal at least once in 2018. Credit cards (23.7 percent) are also popular, followed by prepaid cards (17.2 percent).
Fashion and sporting goods are a very popular product category in the United Kingdom, followed by travel and household items. Other popular product categories are movies & music and books & magazines.
The ecommerce market in the United Kingdom
A report from the Ecommerce Foundation shows that 7.94 percent of the country’s gross domestic product is made up by ecommerce sales. An older study showed that ecommerce accounted for 10.7 percent of total retail sales in 2014. Ecommerce in the UK is expected to be worth slightly over 200 billion euros at the end of 2019.
Big online stores in the United Kingdom
Latest news about The United Kingdom
Which online and multichannel retailers are leading the way in the United Kingdom? Every year, Internet Retailing publishes the UK Top500, which features the best-performing online shops in the UK.
Abel & Cole, an organic food delivery service from the United Kingdom, has introduced Club Zero. This is a new service, claimed to be the first of its kind in the UK, which delivers groceries to consumers in returnable, refillable packaging. No more single-use packaging.
Ecommerce in the United Kingdom grew 6.7 percent last year. This is an all-time low. The discouraging growth rate is especially significant when you compare it to the 11.8 percent growth rate in 2018.
Asos has started a test with See My Fit, an augmented reality tool that shows a product in different sizes and on different body types. Asos is the first retailer in Europe to test the technology.
Lidl UK is said to launch its online shop later this year. The ecommerce website won’t feature groceries, but instead it will sell wine, spirits and non-food items.
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Last update: June 2019