Traditional brick and mortar stores have been forced to adapt and transition much of their business online due to the pandemic. However, despite this shift, the global e-commerce market sales are projected to decelerate to a 16.5% growth rate in 2020, which is a decrease from 20.2% last year (Cramer-Flood Global E-commerce 2020).
Prior to COVID-19, it was estimated that the global e-commerce market would have an 18.4% growth rate with USD$4.105 trillion in sales. Due to the pandemic, this estimation has decreased by over 2 points, with major impacts in China and India. Despite China being hit first and experiencing unprecedented logistical bottlenecks, the country’s e-commerce market is bouncing back. Countries in the Asia-Pacific region are projected to dominate 62.6% of global digital sales, with North America trailing at 19.1% (Cramer-Flood Global E-commerce 2020).
With limited cash reserves and high reliance on a steady stream of customers, SMEs around the world have been particularly vulnerable to the sudden shift in purchasing patterns. A research study conducted by McKinsey & Co found that “one in five (SME businesses) may not survive past August 2020” (Mladenov et al. How the COVID-19 crisis is affecting UK small and medium-sized enterprises).
Despite this sobering news, brands must view this as an opportunity to remake their strategy by focusing on digital growth and transformation. A recent analysis completed by Digital 360 found that brands that decreased or maintained their marketing spending had a slight dip in sales, if not struggling. However, the brands that aggressively increased their marketing spending are seeing unprecedented growth, some experiencing over 50% growth from the previous year.
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Cramer-Flood, Ethan. “Global Ecommerce 2020.” EMarketer, 2020, www.emarketer.com/content/global-ecommerce-2020.
Mladenov, Zdravko, et al. “How the COVID-19 Crisis Is Affecting UK Small and Medium-Size Enterprises.” McKinsey & Company, 2020, www.mckinsey.com/industries/public-sector/our-insights/how-the-covid-19-crisis-is-affecting-uk-small-and-medium-size-enterprises.
Stoltz, Nick. “COVID-19 Pandemic Exposes Brands Slow to Embrace E-commerce.” Digital Commerce 360, May 2020, www.digitalcommerce360.com/2020/05/14/the-coronavirus-pandemic-exposes-brands-that-were-slow-to-embrace-ecommerce/.