The data analyzed by Trackr suggests that in 2021, the U.S. retail giant Amazon will hit its all-time highs, exceeding $500 billion in revenue – a yearly increase of at least 30%.
The projection is based on five fundamental factors, such as the pandemic-inspired online shopping trend, increasing number of new sellers onboarding Amazon, improving delivery and logistics processes, new COVID-19 mutations signaling the extended pandemic effects, and the ongoing Amazon revenue growth during the past 10 years.
Amazon reports a record-breaking 2020 revenue, further growth is projected
From the data, Amazon ended 2020 on a high note, reporting a record-breaking $386 billion in revenue. The company managed to increase its profits by nearly 38% and is expected to continue following the same path in the upcoming year.
One of the reasons for this is that Amazon is continually working on improving its delivery and logistics inefficiencies that lead to better customer experience, thus strengthening the online shopping trend even more.
The Trackr app’s co-founder Ernestas Petkevicius commented on growing online buying power:
“Shift to online is for sure unstoppable and has plenty of room to grow. Logistics is a big challenge for any retailer, and Amazon is not an exception as it will see more buying power coming online from stimulus checks and different social programs all over the world.”
Besides partnering with such logistics companies as FedEx, UPS, and USPS, the everything store continues building Amazon Air to ensure higher efficiency of the delivery process and testing new delivery methods, such as drones aimed at delivering orders in about 30 minutes.
Amazon was able to secure its position at the forefront of e-commerce due to the worldwide lockdowns and social distancing that increased the demand for online shopping options. It now enjoys more than 200 million monthly visitors, Prime memberships are expected to reach 153.1 million in 2022 (compared to 142.5 million in 2020), which create the perfect conditions for Amazon to thrive like never before.
Furthermore, more than a million new sellers are onboarding the platform every year, and not without a good reason. From the data, 85% of Amazon sellers are profitable, driving more than half of Amazon’s $386 billion revenue in 2020.
As the new COVID-19 mutations signal the possibility of extended pandemic effects, people are expected to continue practicing social distancing and purchase online in order to keep themselves and others safe.
Amazon already exceeded its own expectations in 2020, and such consistently growing numbers alongside the already mentioned arguments for further growth indicate that the projection of this e-commerce giant crossing $500 billion in revenue by the end of 2021 is more realistic rather than just optimistic.
Kwik Delivery Releases Prestashop Plugin; Becomes Most Integrated Delivery Platform With e-commerce Frameworks In Africa
The ‘oars’ are definitely not resting at Kwik Delivery at this time! Just weeks after the release of its plugins for Shopify and Magento, Kwik Delivery announces the release of its plugin for Prestashop. This new plugin is a milestone as Kwik Delivery is now fully integrated with the “Big Four” of e-commerce frameworks: Magento, WooCommerce, Shopify and now Prestashop.
Delivery plugins are a critical technology brick in the growth of African e-commerce by allowing thousands of merchants to offer reliable, secure and efficient last-mile delivery services to their customers. By installing the plugin, businesses no longer need to worry about on-time deliveries after-sales as Kwik handles it for them. Kwik delivers within 2 hours in Lagos and 1 hour in Abuja after pickup and will soon expand its service to new cities.
“These are key milestones for us in enabling the growth of e-commerce in Nigeria,” commented Romain POIROT-LELLIG, Founder & CEO of Kwik Delivery. “We are working to ease the logistics hassles faced by both businesses and their customers after-sales. Just providing the network to make this possible is not enough. The added value brought by Kwik Delivery starts from the fulfillment systems of merchants, all the way to the doorsteps of buyers.”
The Prestashop plugin is free and easy to install and use. The plugin allows buyers to get real-time shipping rates between merchants’ addresses and the buyers’ delivery addresses. Buyers can directly place orders to be delivered by Kwik Delivery at the checkout of Prestashop stores.
Since its launch in 2019, Kwik Delivery has introduced the concept of “just-in-time” last-mile deliveries in Nigeria and has pioneered an approach of deep integration with e-commerce frameworks that proves to be indispensable to the growth of Africa’s e-commerce, fostering trade across Africa. Kwik Delivery is the trading name of Africa Delivery Technologies SAS and the mobile app is available on iOS and Android.
Walmart eCommerce Sales to Grow by 21% in 2021 to $65 Billion, Nearly a Sixth of Amazon’s $367 Billion
A massive boom in click-and-collect trends is expected to accelerate Walmart’s pandemic-driven momentum through 2021.
According to the research data analyzed and published by ComprarAcciones.com, Walmart’s online sales will grow by 21.2% to $64.62 billion in 2021. Its share of US online sales will rise from 6.7% in 2020 to 7.1% in 2021.
Based on the latest NRF ranking, Walmart is the world’s biggest retailer, followed closely by Amazon. Its total sales for 2020 – both online and offline – amounted to $559 billion, more than $200 billion ahead of Amazon’s figure.
Click-and-Collect Purchases will Grow by 15% to $83 Billion in 2021
Walmart’s US online sales for 2021 will almost double eBay’s estimated $38.67 billion. They will also be higher than the combined total of $60.59 billion that Best Buy, Target and The Home Depot will generate.
However, the big box retailer will be far behind the top US online marketplace, Amazon. Amazon’s sales are projected to reach $367.19 billion, nearly six times the Walmart total. Its share of US online sales will increase from 39.8% to 40.4%. Third-party vendors on the platform will grow sales by 16.5% to $220.39 billion. That will be 60% of total sales.
Among the factors driving Walmart’s growth is its huge brick-and-mortar footprint which drives online sales via click-and-collect. It has more than 4,700 stores in the US and 90% of Americans live within a 10-mile radius of one of them.
The click-and-collect trend saw significant growth in 2020. According to an eMarketer report, US shoppers made purchases worth $72.46 billion using the method. Compared to the 2019 total of $35.02 billion, the figure marked a growth rate of 106.9% YoY. It accounted for 9.1% of all online purchases, up from 5.8% in 2020. The growth is expected to carry into 2021. Total sales are also set to rise by 15.2% to $83.47 billion.
Konga Health Debuts June 2021
Konga Health, a highly anticipated digital health care distribution subsidiary of Nigeria’s leading e-Commerce giant, Konga is set to go live by June 2021.
The tech-driven health care company is expected to expand access to quality Medicare for millions and revolutionize the health care value chain in Nigeria.
Feelers from a reliable source indicate that the management of Konga has secured all pending statutory approvals for the formal launch of the company. Further, the source disclosed that the management of Konga has been testing its robust technology, nationwide logistics; as well as its payment platforms in partnership with local and international players in the sector; ahead of the rollout in order to achieve a seamless experience from launch.
Konga Health will expectedly provide huge employment opportunities for medical professionals and other Nigerians.
Meanwhile, the expected debut of Konga Health has also been confirmed by a confidential source at Konga.
The source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, revealed that the startup will radically improve the speed at which quality drugs are delivered nationwide to pharmacies, hospitals and other health services providers; while also boosting structured last mile delivery to patients and other end-users across Nigeria.
In addition, he disclosed that Konga Health will power an unprecedented level of digital health democracy in Nigeria; adding that the company may possibly launch a globally rated blood bank across the six geo-political regions in Nigeria; using cloud-based digital sensors to monitor secure cold rooms in its facilities.
‘‘I can assure you that it is an ambitious project which serious local and international donor agencies; government at all levels, the public sector and corporate organizations will leverage to deliver quality health programs; backed by reliable data at the least cost to the remotest villages,’’ the source stated.
Konga Health was initially due for launch in September 2019.
However, the management of Konga had pushed back the rollout due to delays encountered with approvals from statutory bodies.
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