How Ecommerce Shopping Industry Sustained COVID-19 Pandemic
Shopping, be it for need or leisure, has continued to be a favorite pastime for the masses through the years and decades. After all, the thrill of finding new stuff that suits your needs perfectly or simply discovering a new product that you would love to give a whirl is in itself intoxicating for a large population.
However, shopping online can be just as addictive.
Online shopping is by no means a new concept. It has been around for more than a decade now and its popularity still seems to be growing with every passing day.
Sitting on your couch in your PJs, in front of your television, munching on your favorite snacks, and shopping at the same time feels like a dream come true, especially for those who love shopping but hate going out!
The COVID-19 pandemic that brought the world to a standstill in 2020 proved to be a major boost to this industry. It restricted the movement of people outside their houses and increased their reliance on these online platforms who are ready to deliver all that you need, to your doorstep, with just one click – be it grocery or a brand-new dress.
Benefits Of Online Shopping
While there have to be at least a million pros to being able to shop online, there are a few that are certainly my top favorite ones. These include the following.
Shop from the comfort of your bed
This has to be, easily, one of the best advantages for lazy bums like me who absolutely hate dressing up and going out to buy even those much-needed groceries. Purchasing all that I need from that store near me through a website or a mobile application while lounging in my bed? The perfect way out!
No long queues
Remember those supermarkets and the long, tiring queues that you had to stand in to pay your final bill? No? Well, neither do I, thanks to the simple, individual payment window available to each customer on eCommerce platforms.
I can even choose from the various modes of payments, like a credit card, debit card, UPIs, or Cash on Delivery – whatever suits me best at the time, unlike those small, cash-only stores.
Saves time and effort
In a fast-paced world like today’s, who has the time to stand in those aforementioned queues, and canceling dinner plans with friends just to be able to go grocery shopping after work is just plain depressing.
Shopping online saves us from these hassles alongside the trouble of having to put in an effort and change to go shopping while sick in bed or similar.
All you have to do is go online and choose the products you’d like to buy. Everything after that is pretty streamlined from the business’s end itself.
A lot of traders and eCommerce platforms use a fulfillment service to get their goods delivered to the buyer’s doorstep while most provide the option of paying pre- or post-delivery, based on the customer’s choice. One is also informed of the said delivery date in advance so they can expect a certain order.
Good discounts and lower prices
Online shopping portals are usually known to have a great number of discounts going on at any given time. This makes the idea of buying stuff online even more enticing, as you are not just purchasing what you wish to, but you are also doing it at lower prices than you would get at that nearby store.
It also allows you to buy more products or the ones you don’t really need but simply want as you are saving money on those too. So why not, right?
Compare and Buy
The local markets may just have a single brand or model of the particular product you’re looking for but in the online world, on the eCommerce platforms, there is a much higher chance of finding the exact item you want.
Even if you’re not aware of the details of a product, you can easily find it on these websites and also compare them with similar items available on the market and choose according to your needs and budget.
My love for shopping online is certainly undying with these multiple sweet advantages it offers over the traditional routine. What about yours?
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