Online Shopping Trends

As more retailers move their products to online stores and exclusively online retailers gain popularity, online shopping will only continue to increase. Today, 73% of people do at least half their shopping online (Source: Lab42.com). Why? It’s easier to sit at home and surf the web in your pajamas than going out in public–especially in today’s busy world where everyone is multi-tasking day in and day out.

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It is important to remember that we are part of a society defined by e-commerce. Online spending is expected to increase by 62% between now and 2016 (Source: Forrester Inc., January 2013). To understand these staggering numbers, all you need to do is look back to the beginning of online retail. In 2000, online sales were $27 billion even when the internet was still in its infancy. In 2014, online sales are expected to be $291 billion. And by 2017, they will exceed $434 Billion (Source: eMarketer, April 2013/ U.S. Department of Commerce, Internet Marketer). That is a lot of deliveries!

Even UPS and Fedex know their trucks and planes will be full to the brim with packages as online shopping grows. Recently, UPS put out an article about retail trends for 2014 and we couldn’t agree more with their findings. Free shipping and free returns will make online shopping more appealing to people who currently shop at brick and mortar locations. Without fees to ship the package, buying online is essentially just like buying at the store. Only more convenient.

Other outlets such a mobile shopping or social media discounts will aid in the e-commerce boom. These factors among others have been highlighted in additional articles about looming trends that will become the face of online shopping in the coming years. The greater question we need to consider is how this will affect multifamily apartments who are already inundated in packages? The answer is simple. The mountain of packages will continue to grow.

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Holiday Package Preparation

christmasYes, it isn’t even Halloween yet. And yes, you should be thinking about the upcoming holiday season. Especially if you plan to ship gifts to your loved ones across the country or across the world. Given the way the calendar falls this year, the holiday season is compressed by one week. You can thank a late Thanksgiving and early Hanukah for that (Did you know they’re on the same day this year?). With one less weekend to shop for deals, that’s one less weekend to prepare your gift packages.

Don’t think it’s a big deal? Well, some of the biggest names in shipping sure do. Amazon plans to hire 70,000 season workers to handle the increased load this year.  That’s up 20,000 from 2012.

Fedex expects an 11% rise in Cyber Monday sales, thanks to the increase in online shopping, making December 2nd their anticipated busiest day of the year with 22 million packages shipped.

UPS also knows that because of the compressed holiday season, that they will be busier than ever. December 16th, UPS’s peak pick-up day will likely see 34 million packages and they’re hiring additional works to handle the load.

If you want to get ahead of the curve, what should you do?

Shop Early. Instead of waiting for December to roll around, head out to the stores now and get your shopping done to beat the rush.

Ship Early. If you’re packing a gift yourself, or buying on the web, it would be best to do it early. The sooner you get your presents out, the shorter the lines and the shorter the wait.

If you’re like most people and wait until the last minute, what should you do?

cyber mondayCyber Monday Deals. Given the short shopping season, the online deals on Cyber Monday (December 2nd) will be worth the wait.

Last Minute Deals. Some companies offer last minute deals if you purchase much closer to Christmas (December 20th or later) such as 75% off the full price you might pay in November.

Whichever route you take, this holiday season is sure to be one of the busiest yet.

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