Technology is constantly evolving and with the ubiquity of smartphones and the incredible ease of getting online, there have been many notable changes over the last decade. E-commerce is just one of the many areas which has predictably benefitted from this major sea change and further developments already appear to be in the pipeline. With the traditional high street struggling to compete, we look at the way in which e-commerce has changed over the last ten years.
Next Day Delivery
If you require a product in a hurry and you don’t have time to get to the shops, next day delivery now enables speedy online transactions to take place. Some online retailers will even ship your goods within a matter of hours and it is little wonder that habitual shoppers are truly lapping it up.
Waiting 3-5 business days for your order is beginning to feel a little archaic and companies such as Amazon tend to pride themselves on speedy shipments.
According to a survey by 2Flow, 49% of shoppers say they are more attracted to retailers who can guarantee same-day delivery, whilst it also reveals that the majority of on-demand consumers are aged between 18 and 34.
Although smaller businesses may be struggling to compete with this rapid rate of retailing, the majority of firms are slowly beginning to wake up to the fact that demanding purchasers are more likely to return to their online store if they can guarantee a high-speed dispatch.
Movie Streaming / Renting
Although the majority of film buffs often reminisce about visiting the video store and hand-picking a movie of their choice, changes in technology have unquestionably improved the overall viewing experience.
Changes in e-commerce now allow viewers to watch any film or TV series at the touch of a button. Whether you fancy a night in with a romantic comedy such as Focus, with Will Smith or you prefer to scare yourself silly with an edge-of-seat horror movie such as A Quiet Place, there are now thousands of options available on services such as Amazon Prime and Netflix.
Although some streaming services may not be able to showcase all of the latest releases, other companies now offer users the chance to rent recently-released movies for a small fee.
You no longer have to worry about accidently scratching the DVD or forgetting to send the disc back in the post as it’s now all available at the touch of a button.
Online Takeaways Markets
As our lives become increasingly hectic, we are finding that we have far less time to cook meals from scratch. Takeaway firms have been able to capitalise on this trend and a number of online sites now present users with a plethora of edible options.
E-commerce has changed many aspects of our lives and as a result of this growing trend, we are no longer forced to store countless dog-eared takeaway menus in the kitchen drawers.
Takeaway aggregators such as takeaway.com, Uber Eats and Just Eat compile a list of every possible type of cuisine and they will send your orders directly to the kitchen. This has helped quicken the entire process and it now allows hungry consumers to specify the type of food they’d like and the time at which they’d prefer it to arrive. There is a real battle between these firms to be at the top of the tree and they are all aiming to strike whilst consumer demand is at an all-time high.