COVID-19 is creating new e-commerce patterns and anxieties among consumers.
According to a survey of more than 1,000 U.S. consumers from UPS subsidiary Ware2Go, more than half (55%) of respondents say they’re purchasing from online retailers they’ve never shopped with before. Almost nine in 10 (87%) of respondents are shopping online, and 64% have replaced traditional weekly shopping trips with online ordering.
Respondents are also buying a broader range of products online during the COVID-19 pandemic: 61% are buying groceries, 45% purchasing clothing, and 34% buying vitamins and supplements online.
In addition, respondents reported concerns about locating needed items such as personal care and cleaning products. More than eight in 10 (83%) experienced out-of-stock items, 85% of respondents reported concern that costs for consumer goods will rise amid the global pandemic, and 36% of consumers are stocking up for shortages.
Consumers are also embracing online shopping as therapy, with 60% of respondents saying they’re practicing retail therapy during isolation. Some 58% of respondents browse online retailers daily, and 39% plan to continue online shopping to avoid visiting stores. More than half (53%) say they are ordering takeout or delivery to support small businesses, and 33% are “tipping more than usual.” Almost thee in 10 (28%) are buying pet supplies, and 56% of those purchasing pet supplies are buying food and treats.
The most popular items respondents are purchasing online include:
• Clothing – 39%
• Skincare products – 33%
• Cooking supplies – 32%
• Pet supplies – 27%