2018 Ecommerce and Consumer Highlights

2018 was a huge year for ecommerce globally. Here are some highlights taken from our 2018 Ecommerce Reports!

1. The Brexit-effect: Trust after the deadline hits

It’s been in the headlines over the last couple of years, and still the trade effects are largely unknown. But from the consumers perspective the current situation is already having an effect on their trust when it comes to ecommerce. The 2018 United Kingdom Ecommerce Report illustrated that 33% of online shoppers stated that they have some loss of trust in premium brands that are produced abroad.

2. Spain: Where does trust lay in an average consumer’s mind?


The Spanish B2C ecommerce turnover in 2017 reached €23,905 (millions of euros), with an impressive growth rate of 25.23%. With the likes of JD.com moving into the region, knowing what is on the mind of its customers is crucial when creating the customer experience for the region.

So just how high up is trust? See for yourself below:

3. Ecommerce & trust in the Middle East and Africa Region
 

Often times ecommerce trends are based on the larger more well-known ecommerce markets such as Europe, the US or China. However, when it comes to the issues affecting the MENA region, they differ greatly to the more well know ecommerce patterns. Top of the list for online shopping in this region? Trust, and not just by a small margin, as you can see below:

A recent Forbes article put forward the huge potential for global brands to grow their ecommerce presence in the regions, with the fashion industry being highlighted in particular. When trying to expand your business to the new markets, its crucial to know what potential customers worry about, as by increasing their trust you can increase your potential revenue and differentiate yourself over your competitors.

Find out about the Middle East ecommerce market in the 2018 Global Ecommerce Report

4. Sweden: Purchasing from a foreign store


With a relatively mature ecommerce market and some of the world’s most well-known brands such as H&M and Spotify, Sweden would seem like the perfect location to target when it comes to B2C ecommerce. However when looking at Q1 of 2018, trust came up frequently with Swedish consumers. In fact, 26% of respondents stated that not trusting the shop was the main reason not to choose a foreign online store. As well as this more general trust issue, there were aspects of trust related to returns (15%) and delivery (11%).

Find out about the Swedish ecommerce market in our 2018 Sweden Ecommerce Report

5. United States

It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it.


Warren Buffet might have been right about this one when it comes to US consumers. Salsify produced research stating that 83% of shoppers base their trust in a brand around previous positive experience. This is followed by the presence of ‘many good reviews’ (66%) and recommendations from family and friends (38%).

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