Because I am a numbers geek at heart, I thought you might find a list of the most important online shopping and eCommerce statistics at your fingertips useful and something to appeal to your analytical left brain. 

​Online shopping and eCommerce is a huge multi billion dollar industry and is expected to grow by 20% this year to $1.5 trillion globally. E commerce is constantly changing and evolving with new technology and changes in consumer behavior.​​

  1. 71% of shoppers believe they will get a better deal online than in stores 
  2. 80% of the online population has purchased something using the internet, 50% of the online population have purchased more than once 
  3. 191.1 million US online buyers (source: Statista) 
  4. 98.9 million online buyers who have purchased at least once via a mobile device (source: Statista) 
  5. US Ecommerce sales estimated to be $304.1 billion for 2014, increasing to $491.5 billion by 2018 (source: Statista) 
  6. US mobile ecommerce now $7.3 billion in first quarter of 2014, up 23% on previous year (source: factbrowser) 
  7. Only 28% of US small businesses are selling their products online (source: SBA) 
  8. 46% of users read reviews and blogs before purchasing online 
  9. Blogs influence purchase, 13% said that a blog post had inspired a purchase 
  10. 84% of online shoppers refer to at least one social media site for recommendations before shopping online​ 

So what predictions can be made about eCommerce for this forthcoming year? Here are a few to help get your noodle grinding.​ 

  • US eCommerce sales will top $350 billion for the first time. 
  • Amazon will launch its international shipping business and say goodbye to reliance on domestic and international carriers. 
  • A major shift in department stores will see hundreds of brick and mortar locations shuttered in favor of online shopping and discount retail outlets. 
  • Social commerce will take center stage as the leading way to convert 
  • customers. 
  • Online product reviews and ratings will become the backbone with sales. 
  • Twitter and Facebook will roll out new online stores that allow you to make purchases directly from the site.​ 

The bottom line?

Shopping on line cwill never be as fun as getting down and dirty in a old barn in the back woods someplace - but it is not going away! You can still get great deals if you know whay to look for!

" So keep your head on a swivel and keep on pickin!"