The interest in, and take-up of Online Shopping has skyrocketed since the Corona Virus and consequent stay-at-home rules came in. Major retail chains have also been encouraging people to get involved, and offer home delivery.
Online Shopping in Australia - TRENDS
(This report is quite long and is probably best printed from a Laptop/Desktop)
The phenomenal growth in Online Shopping over the Internet continues unabated. The biggest factors pushing this growth are convenience, and much cheaper prices than in the local retail mall. More recently of course COVID-19 has really pushed it along.
Conversely, the biggest negatives are the security concerns over paying for purchases over the Internet, and the fact that one cannot try on clothing purchases (for example) before purchasing.
For those who are still unclear and unsure of what online shopping entails, the Australian Government, via the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) produced a report dated April 2011, which is freely available over the Internet, and provided here in the public interest. It provides a comprehensive picture, albeit a few years old, of where Online Shopping (E-Commerce) is at in Australia. Click HERE to view/print the report.
It shows that the two largest online shopping sites used by Australians are eBay and Amazon.com , which are global sites. You can access both by clicking on their names/icons above.
From a security perspective, providing your credit card details can be made more secure by setting up a PayPal account, in which you provide your credit card details once to PayPal, and thereafter you just log into your PayPal account and authorize any payments - no repeated credit card details required. The bottom line is that purchasing via online shopping is still more secure than providing your credit card at a checkout - the banks are happy to support it, so it must be ok. You can create a PayPal account by clicking HERE to go to PayPal, and then click on Sign Up.
If we look at major retail outlets in Australia, you will see that most of them provide Online Shopping websites. Here at oz4034.com, our aim is to provide similar online shopping services for businesses in the local community, regardless of their size.
We can set up your very own online shopping store, or if you are a smaller business you can sell online in our general online shopping mall - just contact us to find out more.
If you want to sell second-hand items we can also help you with that, either in our second-hand category, or on eBay - just ask us.
If you would like to explore your options and associated cost, just contact us via the Contact Us menu item at the top, to initiate discussions.