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
- Ecommerce customers in the United Kingdom
- 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
Enjoy, an ecommerce startup best described as an online mobile store, has raised about 135 million euros in Series C funding. With this money, the company wants to further expand in the United Kingdom and launch in new markets.
Online shoppers in the United Kingdom have left about 250 million euros worth of uncollected products at click-and-collect sites last year. This was due to long queues and understaffed collection points.
Amazon has extended its anti-counterfeiting program Project Zero to Europe. With this initiative, which launches in France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom, the ecommerce giant wants to drive the number of counterfeits on its platform to zero.
Dutch food delivery group Takeaway has confirmed it wants to acquire its British competitor Just Eat. If Just Eat and Takeaway successfully end talks, the combined company will be one of the largest food delivery companies in the world.
Consumers in the United Kingdom want greater transparency and product information around sustainable purchases. Almost two thirds of young consumers would even reconsider their purchasing decision if retailers better communicated the impact they have on the environment.
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Last update: June 2019