Canadian web-based and e-Commerce-enabled retail stores are enjoying growth that brick & mortar establishments can only dream of, according to a MasterCard Canada SpendingPulse (TM) Report that “demonstrates e-Commerce is the shining light in retail”. All indicators suggest retail establishments in Canada would be well-advised to set up online shopping if they want to thrive.
In August, MasterCard Canada made its first public release of insights from SpendingPulse for the first six months of 2012. SpendingPulse is a product of MasterCard Advisors, which highlights total retail sales across all payment forms including cash and cheque. The report includes sales in four key retail categories: e-Commerce, Grocery, Department Stores and Gasoline.
According to the June, 2012 report, overall Canadian retail sales for the first six months of 2012 showed modest growth of 2.2% compared to the first six months of 2011. The impressive growth is in e-Commerce, which shot up 24.9%. E-Commerce sales increased above the 20% threshold for the ninth consecutive month.
“While overall retail sales growth in Canada has been modest through the first half of the year, the e-Commerce growth rates are truly impressive. The growth in online sales is a good indicator of how Canadian retailers are capitalizing on the shift of sales from brick and mortar locations to online sales channels,”says Michael McNamara, Vice President of Research and Analysis for MasterCard Advisors SpendingPulse.
Taking advantage of this trend has never been easier. You can use a complete, step-by-step e-Business Building System like Montreal’s Site Build It, or a host like Go Daddy Canada with a built-in e-commerce platform. Both options allow you to easily implement and maintain your online shopping catalogue.
While it may seem like an overwhelming task, it isn’t necessary to offer all of your merchandise online. Search the internet for your products and pinpoint which markets are the least saturated, then offer your most unique products to online Canadian shoppers. You can slowly build your catalogue over time with a focus on what is selling best for you.
The biggest advantage is your target market will open wide to include shoppers from all over Canada (or internationally). It sure beats hoping someone will stop in when they walk by.
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