COVID-19 Ecommerce Impact Report.

Week-Over-Week Analysis of the Coronavirus Crisis

As featured on CNBC, Bloomberg, and Other Major News Outlets

We’ve Tracked the COVID-19 Consumer Journey

 

It’s been over a month since life changed in the U.S. and the world at-large. The brick-and-mortar economy ground to a halt when shutdowns started—but not ecommerce.

In the weeks since, beginning March 13th, we’ve analyzed Global ads worth 4 lacs per week in our customer ecommerce sales to identify the consumer trends that emerged during the COVID-19 crisis. We’ve provided a week-over-week analysis of which verticals grew or declined, and how each week’s trends played into consumers’ journeys during the crisis. Here’s what we found.

COVID Hyper Consumers

At first everyone only bought essential items like groceries. After that, a new category of consumers emerged. These deal-seeking shoppers are fewer in number, but buying far more due to aggressive promos and deals—resulting in more purchases from a smaller group of consumers.

In the weeks since, beginning March 13th, we’ve analyzed Global ads worth 4 lacs per week in our customer ecommerce sales to identify the consumer trends that emerged during the COVID-19 crisis.

Every Day is Black Friday

Advertisers are pushing as many discounts as possible, and consumers are responding by buying more for less. Overall, purchases are up while average order value is down, resulting in growth rates in one week that can exceed the biggest shopping days of the year.

Week 1

The Hoarding Begins

Even before retailers got aggressive with discounts, purchases skyrocketed. Grocery stores and pharmacies across the nation were slammed and millions of consumers bought everything they could fit in their carts—or even more than that. The same story played out online and purchase growth exploded across any category the public considered essential.

Week 1

Notable Verticals for Purchase and Consumer Growth

Pharmacy 289%
Groceries 70%
Tobacco 36%
Food & Beverage 31%
Pet Food & Supplies 27%

WEEK 1 INDUSTRIES IN DECLINE

 

 

Consumers found their favorite bar—the one at home—and bought an enormous amount of wine & spirits to help cope.

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WEEK 1 INDUSTRIES IN DECLINE

 

 

Shoppers went crazy hoarding for themselves, but pets didn’t get as much love. Pet food & supplies saw only modest growth.

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WEEK 1 INDUSTRIES IN DECLINE

 

 

The travel industry experienced a staggering decline. For every…

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WEEK 1 INDUSTRIES IN DECLINE

 

 

Due to stay-at-home orders, people waited to schedule elective medical procedures, making it the hardest hit segment.

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Week 2

All About Entertainment & Fitness

Fitness saw an unprecedented increase in sales in week two, with entertainment and consumer electronics not far behind. Consumers wanted to be entertained while stuck at home, making anything that made them feel good a priority. Thankfully, that included philanthropy for some, which led to a huge increase in charitable donations.

Week 2

Notable Verticals for Purchase and Consumer Growth

Fitness 181%
Comics & Animation 97%
Philanthropy 78%
Music 75%
Consumer Electronics & Technology 60%

WEEK 2 GROWTH LEADERS

 

 

Not everyone just streams music for free. People created their stay-at-home soundtracks and music purchases surged.

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WEEK 2 GROWTH LEADERS

 

 

ESPN’s primary spectator sport is now video games, so it’s no surprise shoppers are buying more PlayStations and consumer electronics.

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WEEK 2 GROWTH LEADERS

 

 

The travel industry continued its freefall toward zero.

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Purchasing Decline

WEEK 2 GROWTH LEADERS

 

 

Pharmacy purchases skyrocketed in week one, then traced back toward normal purchasing behavior.

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Purchasing Decline

WEEK 3

Staying Fit and Buying Big

The only thing consumers are watching more than their favorite TV shows are fitness videos on the internet—and in week three that meant buying more home gym equipment. And after those gym sessions, they relaxed on the brand new couch they bought thanks to taking advantage of aggressive deals normally seen only on the biggest shopping days.

 

Week 3

Notable Verticals for Purchase and Consumer Growth

Fitness 133%
Furniture 98%
Photography 64%
Clothing 49%
Restaurants & Delivery 45%

WEEK 3 Growth Leaders

 

Consumers took advantage of clothing deals to update to a more casual, home-friendly wardrobe.

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WEEK 3 Growth Leaders

 

People either started running low on food, or got tired of cooking. Whatever the reason, restaurants and delivery benefited.

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WEEK 3

 

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Week 4

Adjusting to the New Normal

Consumers started to settle back into old habits. Purchases around hobbies, like photography and golf, shot up massively thanks to enticing deals. Consumer goods made a major comeback as well as shoppers returned to buying their basic needs and wants. Week four made it clear that the days of reactionary buying were over—for now.

WEEK 4 Growth Leaders

 

The stock market rebounded and caught consumers’ attention for financial services, leading to triple digit growth.

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WEEK 4 GROWTH LEADERS

 

 

Pharmacies finally settled in back to normal purchasing patterns.

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Purchasing Decline

WEEK 4 GROWTH LEADERS

 

 

Purchases were down, but average order value was up for online groceries—meaning people were buying in bulk.

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