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Friday, 11 August 2017

Strategy: E-Commerce will make up 17% of all US retail sales by 2022 – and one company is the main reason (AMZN)

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Forrester predicts that online sales will account for 17% of all US retail sales by 2022, up from a projected 12.7% in 2017, according to Forrester’s new Online Retail Forecast as cited by Digital Commerce 360. The report also expects US online sales to grow 13% YoY in 2017, which is five times faster than projected offline sales growth, and in line with the National Retail Federation’s estimates.

Unsurprisingly, Amazon is expected to be a major driver of this online sales growth. The report states that 83% of US online adults bought something on Amazon in 2016, and 55% of them used Amazon as a research tool before making a purchase.

This suggests the company is so heavily entrenched in product discovery and the purchase process as a whole that, as Amazon itself grows and improves, so do e-commerce sales. As Amazon fleshes out its product discovery offerings with features like Spark, it could further strengthen its power over more e-commerce sales, which is frightening for competitors already struggling to survive against the e-commerce titan.

Brick-and-mortar retailers are caught on the wrong side of the digital shift in retail, with many stuck in a dangerous cycle of falling foot traffic, declining comparable-store sales, and increasing store closures. Over 8,600 retail stores could close this year in the US — more than the previous two years combined, brokerage firm Credit Suisse said in a recent report. Meanwhile, e-commerce pureplays are riding the rise of digital commerce to success — none more so than Amazon, which accounted for 53% of online sales growth in the US last year, according to Slice Intelligence.

In response, many brick-and-mortar retailers have started to use omnichannel fulfillment methods that leverage their store locations and in-store inventory in order to better compete in e-commerce. These omnichannel services, including ship-from-store and click-and-collect, can help retailers manage the transition to digital by:

  • Increasing online sales by offering cheaper, more convenient delivery options for online shoppers.
  • Limiting the growth of shipping costs as online sales volumes increase by leveraging store networks for delivery.
  • Keeping stores relevant by turning them into fulfillment centers that pull customers in to pick up online orders.

However, few retailers have mastered these new fulfillment services. While these companies have spent years optimizing their supply chain and logistics networks for delivering goods to their stores or directly to customers’ doorsteps, most have yet to figure out how to profitably bring their store locations into the e-commerce delivery process.

Jonathan Camhi, research analyst for BI Intelligence, Business Insider's premium research service, has laid out the case for why retailers must transition to an omnichannel fulfillment model, and the challenges complicating that transition for most companies. This omnichannel fulfillment report also detail the benefits and difficulties involved with specific omnichannel fulfillment services like click-and-collect, ship-to-store, and ship-from-store, providing examples of retailers that have experienced success and struggles with these methods. Lastly, it walks through the steps retailers need to take to optimize omnichannel fulfillment for lower costs and faster delivery times.

Here are some of the key takeaways from the report:

  • Brick-and-mortar retailers must cut delivery times and costs to meet online shoppers’ expectations of free and fast shipping.
  • Omnichannel fulfillment services can help retailers achieve that goal while also keeping their stores relevant.
  • However, few retailers have mastered these services, which has led to increasing shipping costs eating into their profit margins.
  • In order to optimize costs and realize the full benefits of these omnichannel services, retailers must undertake costly and time-consuming transformations of their logistics, inventory, and store systems and operations.

In full, the report:

  • Details the benefits of omnichannel services like click-and-collect and ship-from-store, including lowering delivery times and costs, and driving in-store traffic and sales.
  • Provides examples of the successes and struggles various retailers have experienced with omnichannel delivery.
  • Explains why retailers are having trouble managing costs with their omnichannel fulfillment efforts, which are eating into their profits.
  • Lays out what steps retailers need to take to optimize costs for their omnichannel operations by placing inventory where it best meets customer demand.

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