Australia B2C eCommerce Report 2018

03 January, 2019
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In 2017, B2C ecommerce turnover rose to just over
USD 36 billion, up 9% from 2016. This is expected to grow
in the coming year to a forecasted USD 41.7 billion with
the projected growth rate of 13%.

Most large- and medium-sized Australian retailers have a digital transformation roadmap on which they are well progressed. They are now at the point of embracing the second generation of ecommerce solutions, having outgrown in-house technologies and niche providers. B2B organizations are emerging strongly as the next wave of ecommerce sellers since they can deliver customer-facing quick wins while engaging in transformations of their back-office operations .’
Jennifer Arnold, VP of Marketing, SAP Customer Experience, Asia Pacific Japan/Greater China

Ecommerce Foundation’s Australia Ecommerce Report delves into the details of the Australia B2C ecommerce market, consumer behaviors, and trends. The report also includes expert interviews with leading logistics providers and retailers in the Australian ecommerce market, including Mazars and SAP.

The Ecommerce Landscape in Australia

Internet penetration is on the rise in Australia, with 88% of the population forecasted to be using the internet in 2018, slightly up from the 2017 figure of 87%. Of the 88% of the population online, an estimated 81% will buy online in 2018. Australia ranks 18th in the Logistical Performance Index, 14th in the Ease of Doing Business Index, and the 2nd in the E-government Index.

Australia Ecommerce Consumers

'Research shows that Australians lead the world in online shopping cart abandonment. They are particularly price-savvy, with 60% of those surveyed abandoning their cart when shipping costs are higher than expected and 46% using their carts primarily to compare prices with other brands.' - Jennifer Arnold, VP of Marketing, SAP Customer Experience, Asia Pacific Japan/Greater China

Most of what consumers in Australia are buying online consists of clothing (47%), multimedia products (37%), and consumer electronics (31%). When asked which payment methods were most commonly used or had been used in the past, online payments (PayPal, Amazon Payments) were in first place with 67%, followed by credit cards (51%), and direct debit (46%).

eBay is the leading online store in Australia with over 9 million unique visitors followed by Gumtree with over 5 million unique visitors. Moreover, Australian consumers have some interesting behaviors similar to other countries. For example, when the majority of online shoppers are planning a major purchase, they do research on the internet first (59%), and most (40%) find consumer reviews on the internet very helpful.

Check out the infographic below for report highlights from Ecommerce Foundation.

Ecommerce Foundation infographic: Ecommerce Report Australia 2018, Report highlights

You can purchase the full Australia 2018 Ecommerce Report or download the FREE light version from Ecommerce Foundation here.