COVID-19’s Impact on eCommerce: Get the Numbers Here

  • By Emily French
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  • on March 19, 2020

As originally published by WITHIN.

WITHIN is monitoring the effects of COVID-19 on ecommerce. Using data from a sampling of clients, we are tracking year-over-year trends in ecommerce revenue, ad spend, and conversion rate relative to the pre-COVID benchmark period.

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Tuesday, March 17, 2020

The effects of the COVID-19 outbreak in the US are growing, with 4,226 documented cases as of this writing. San Francisco has ordered a shelter-in-place policy while New York City ponders doing the same. Meanwhile, for now, retail metrics seem to be leveling off.

FASHION

  • From its pre-COVID trend, fashion ecommerce revenue has fallen -61.68%, up a bit from yesterday’s -63%.
  • Conversion rates are down by -34%, higher than yesterday’s -46%

OMNICHANNEL

  • Revenue has fallen -63.13%
  • Conversion rates continued to fall, now at -16.3%.

LUXURY

  • Revenue saw a little bump, up to -31% compared to yesterday’s -37.87%
  • Conversion rates fell to 0.40% from yesterday’s +25.4%.

PURE-PLAY ECOMMERCE

  • Revenue made a slight rebound from -46.43% to today’s -29%.
  • Conversion rates are likewise slightly up at -26.5% compared to yesterday’s –32.63%.

SUBSCRIPTION & AT-HOME CONVENIENCE

  • Revenue has risen by +204.3%.
  • Conversion rates are up by +159.22%.

Monday, March 16, 2020

As of this writing, the number of reported COVID-19 cases has grown by 114% since yesterday. Across the country, stores, gyms, restaurants, bars, venues, movie theaters, and schools are closing their doors indefinitely. The retail world is likewise not faring well.

FASHION

  • From its pre-COVID trend, fashion ecommerce revenue has fallen -63%.
  • Conversion rates are down by -34%, higher than yesterday’s -46%.

OMNICHANNEL

  • Revenue has fallen -57.3%.
  • Conversion rates are down by -7.44%.

LUXURY

  • Revenue has fallen -37.87%.
  • Conversion rates are up by +25.4%, likely because they’ve pulled back ad spend which has decreased traffic. Repeat buyers and lack of new site traffic make the CvR appear higher.

PURE-PLAY ECOMMERCE

  • Revenue has fallen -46.43% from its pre-COVID trend.
  • Conversion rates are down by –32.63%.

SUBSCRIPTION & AT-HOME CONVENIENCE

  • Revenue has risen by +204.88%.
  • Conversion rates are up by an amazing +119.36%.

Friday, March 13, 2020

COVID-19 continues to spread, with 1,629 confirmed cases across the US. The economic impact is being felt across retail verticals too.
  • The fashion category has been hit hard, with revenue -40.96% from where it was trending around this time in January (the baseline benchmark we’re using).
  • Pure-play ecommerce growth has slowed from our last update from -14.57% on 03/10 to -35.30 from its growth trend.
  • Omnichannel has declined to -41.42% from trending revenue growth.
  • Subscription brands continue to grow at an incredible pace, at +127.19% from its baseline trending growth this time two months ago.
  • Luxury goods continue to drop, now at -35.99%.

Go here for WITHIN’s latest updates on COVID-19’s impact on eCommerce.

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