If you don’t know by now, I’m a huge advocate for online shopping. It’s convenient, crowd-free, ‘prams & strollers running over your feet’ free, you can shop at any time, in any place and wearing whatever you want. I’ve been online shopping since I got my very own credit card but back then no Australian website dare had their own online store. Today things are a completely different picture.
Online shopping finally reached mainstream status early in 2013 with Australians who don’t buy something online now being classed as the minority, according to leading research company Roy Morgan. As a personal witness to just how much things have changed over the last 10 or so years I want to share interesting tidbits about online shopping in Australia.
Which sites do Australians shop from the most? What are Australians buying online? Which Australian online stores do I love? Read on to find all this out plus more.
Top 10 Shopping Websites
According to Australia Post, these are the top 10 Australian online shopping websites.
What Australians Are Buying
For me, it’s always beauty products, clothes and other fashion items, and last minute gifts because I have a terrible memory. Does the rest of Australia shop the same things? Let’s see what they’re buying and how much they’re spending:
- Tickets – $6.1 billion
- Entertainment & Leisure – $4.1 billion
- Consumer electronics – $3.4 billion
- Fasion – $2.7 billion
- Food & Beverages – $2 billion
What’s really interesting about these figures (besides the enormous amount of dollars being spent) is that three quarters of these items are being purchased from small to medium domestic online retailers. I suspect this may very well be because of the big department stores taking so long to join the online world and in that time we have found reliable service from smaller retailers. A win for the little guys!
The Most Parcel Deliveries
Which suburbs and towns do you think receive the most parcels? Australia Post have revealed where they deliver the most parcels (by volume).
- Bundoora, VIC
- Toowoomba, QLD
- Mackay, QLD
- Cairns, QLD
- Alexandria, NSW
- Gosford, NSW
- Bundaberg, QLD
- Lansdale, WA
- Crows Nest, NSW
Fun Fact: Alexandria, NSW is my delivery suburb – I wonder how responsible I am for them ranking at #5!
Facts & Figures
So what can we expect from Australia’s online shopping market in the future? These facts and figures can give us some insight on what’s to come.
- Last financial year Australia Post delivered 200 million parcels – close to 10% growth year on year. They expect volumes to double by 2019.
- More than 70% of parcels delivered by Australia Post have originated from a domestic online transaction. WOW. That isn’t including all the stores that ship with couriers!
- It’s estimated that online sales will reach 10% of all retail trade by 2019.
- In the week prior to Christmas, Australia Post deliver around 1.5 million parcels per day.
My Top Australian Online Stores
If you haven’t seen our Online Shopping directory you are missing out on all the best online stores from around the world. Bookmark it! But for now I’m going to share which Australian online stores I frequently purchase from:
Do you shop online? Did any of these facts surprise you? Let me know by commenting below!
Images source: Australia Post