Press Release: Global Clothing B2C E-Commerce Market 2015
The latest publication of Hamburg based secondary research company yStats.com confirms that clothing is one of the largest segments of the online retail market worldwide. The report “Global Clothing B2C E-Commerce Market 2015”, shows that clothing is in close rivalry with the consumer electronics category for first rank among product categories by share of online shopper purchases and tops it in many countries. Pure online, store-based mass merchants and clothing specialists worldwide compete for a share of this booming market. Read more here: https://www.ystats.com/clothing-shoppers-seek-seamless-online-offline-experience-2/ Find the report here: https://www.ystats.com/product/global-clothing-b2c-e-commerce-market-2015/
Published on: Mar 4, 2016
Transcripts - Press Release: Global Clothing B2C E-Commerce Market 2015
Hamburg, January 26, 2015
Clothing Shoppers Seek Seamless Online-Offline Experience
The latest publication of Hamburg based secondary research company yStats.com confirms that
clothing is one of the largest segments of the online retail market worldwide. The report “Global
Clothing B2C E-Commerce Market 2015”, shows that clothing is in close rivalry with the consumer
electronics category for first rank among product categories by share of online shopper purchases and
tops it in many countries. Pure online, store-based mass merchants and clothing specialists worldwide
compete for a share of this booming market.
Clothing has been the most purchased physical product in recent years in many countries across all regions,
including the UK, Russia, China, India, Spain, Italy, Turkey, Mexico. In selected developed markets, such as
Germany, it tops all other categories in terms of sales volume. However, in some emerging markets, like the
Middle East, it is significantly behind consumer electronics in terms of market share. Clothing was also the leading
category in global cross-border B2C E-Commerce in 2014, accounting for over a third of all cross-border
Mobile and omnichannel strategies have become of vital importance for both online and store-based retailers of
apparel. While many consumers research clothing and footwear products online, they might eventually buy it
online or offline. In the USA, for example, the probability that a shopper would buy clothes in store after
researching their purchase online was almost as high as the probability that they would buy offline. Also the
majority of consumers in Germany say that they use both online and offline shops to buy clothes and often
compare prices between channels. In the UK, click-and-collect has become a popular option in shopping for
apparel and is actively used by store-based retailers to drive sales. Meanwhile, the example of South Korea, where
close to one in three online buyers of clothing conducted their last purchase via smartphone, shows that mobile
optimized websites, applications and a seamless shopping experience across different channels has
become of vital importance.
The competition landscape features online pure-plays, store-based and multichannel retailers, clothing
specialists, brands and mass merchants. In China and Japan online mass merchants and marketplaces are the
most popular destinations among online shoppers who want to buy clothing. Tmall has a dominant share of the
online clothing market in China, hosting local and foreign brands and sellers. In India, the largest general online
retailers merge with clothing specialists to increase their share of the booming market: Flipkart acquired the
online fashion store Myntra in 2014 and Amazon was reported to be in talks to buy another one, Jabong.
In the USA, on the other hand, apparel and footwear brands are second in popularity after online mass merchants
for buying clothes. One of the largest store-based apparel specialists in terms of online sales in 2013 was Gap. In
Europe, German online clothing retailers Zalando and Bonprix operate across several countries, as also do
France-based La Redoute and UK-based Asos. European store-based retailers of apparel such as H&M, C&A,
Marks&Spencer and Next were also popular among online shoppers in the UK and Germany. Meanwhile, in South
Africa online mass merchants Kalahari and Amazon dominated by share of online buyers of clothing, and in
Latin American countries MercadoLibre’s marketplace was a popular shopping destination, along with online
fashion specialists such as Dafiti.
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