Statistics, Data, Facts

Studies are often pages-long and weighed down with numbers. We extract all the important data from studies or infographics and prepare it for our visitors. This always provides Handelskraft readers with all the relevant statistics, data, and facts at a glance. Apart from this, we also interpret the data and facts, identifying new trends or developments within the e-commerce scene.

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    Stationary retail finally keeps up with e-commerce [5 reading tips]

    Posted on 21. May 2018 by .
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    Online retail is continuing to grow in Germany. This increase can be felt in two main directions – on the one hand, the digitisation of stationary retailers and the considerable dominance of Amazon, on the other hand in the proliferation of smartphones in all day-to-day operations.

    This tendency covers the main points of the current survey of the retail association of Germany (HDE) “Onlinemonitor 2018”. We’ll summarise which trends are defining German online retail and which aspects retailers and manufacturers should pay particular attention to in order to master the digital transformation.


    4 important European e-commerce trends [5 Reading Tips]

    Posted on 4. December 2017 by .

    As already reported on Handelskraft, the German-language online market is in top form, is growing at double-digit rates, and is concentrating more and more. Sales of the top 1,000 online shops increased by 11 percent in 2016 compared to the previous year. Yet, the ten largest shops now account for almost 40 percent of total market revenue.

    A similar situation can also be seen in Alpine countries. Sales of the top 100 Swiss online shops increased by 12.8 percent to around CHF 5.5 billion, while in 2016 the top 100 online Austrian shops generated 2.1 billion euros in physical goods on the internet.

    But as we live in a globalised world and online commerce is increasingly important, German-speaking countries should not only look to themselves, but also to their immediate neighbours.


    How digital is the German DIY retail market? [5 Reading Tips]

    Posted on 29. May 2017 by .



    Now that the good weather has come to stay, it is the moment to tune private gardens and houses to enjoy the outdoors. The search for colourful flowers and appropriate flower pots is endless. Balconies are decked out with trendy decorative objects. New furniture is needed for spending the most memorable nights by moonlight and grills are the star products.

    Many of these purchases are made online but how solid is the digitalisation of German DIY stores? How is the DIY online sector evolving? Who are the leaders and what are the pain points?


    The main challenges of the omnichannel era

    Posted on 10. November 2016 by .



    In digital life, the average consumer owns 7.2 devices and uses three on a daily basis. As a result, the customer journey is more complex and flexible than in the analogue age. There are multiple channels and, consequently, more data to analyse and more touchpoints through which organisations can interact with consumers.
    However, this breath-taking scenario involves a challenging reality at all levels in which certain processes, systems, and technologies should be gently polished and linked to make the most of the omnichannel environment.
    Are companies ready to accept the omni-challenge? Are they adapting their marketing strategies to this scenario? Do companies store and analyse data effectively? Are they doing so by integrated solutions?


    Sustainability trend: Smartphone re-use market taking off [5 Reading Tips]

    Posted on 13. June 2016 by .


    The smartphone market has grown exponentially over the past decade. People have been buying them since they have been around. However smartphone sales are slowing down since the mature Western markets and also China are becoming saturated. The demand has topped out. People are not attracted by flagship models anymore, but by second-hand cheaper devices. This sustainable trend is gaining momentum. And it has a lot of potential. Who will win the battle?

    Analyst Gartner is expecting a big drop in smartphone sales growth, projecting the market will shrink from 14.4 percent growth in 2015 to just 7 per cent in 2016 — with only 1.5 billion smartphone units being shipped globally this year.

    Towards a Digital Economy by enhancing digital competitiveness [5 Reading Tips]

    Posted on 23. May 2016 by .
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    New data, connectivity, automation and innovative and user-friendly customer interfaces are challenging existing value chains. The perception of time is more important than never. The public demands for a constant immediacy requires a powerful communication infrastructure at B2B and B2C level. Companies must improve their digital maturity in order to recognize new opportunities, develop suitable offerings and get them to market quickly. Digital transformation is indispensable to be competitive and face the challenges of the digital age.

    The transformation occurs at implementing gradually more efficient production methods, updating existing business models and applying digital tools and software at the expense of manual processes.

    AGOF Digital Facts and EHI Online Payments studies: Cross-Channel and Invoice dominate the digital panorama [5 Reading Tips]

    Posted on 2. May 2016 by .
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    On 21st April, the Arbeitsgemeinschaft Online Forschung (AGOF) presented the first wave of their 2016 “Digital facts” study. Anyone, looking at this in more detail, can find not only positive figures for pure players, but an attractive spectrum of the current digital panorama.


    Your Checkout is too Long for Mobile? You’re not Alone, Says ibi Research

    Posted on 29. October 2015 by .

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    Compared to stationary computers the conversion rate of mobile purchases is still lower. One major reason for this is the cumbersome data input. The customers are more likely to feel irritated and simply cancel the buying process. In order to change this, retailers have to react: in many cases they miss out on revenue by annoying their mobile customers with multistage checkouts.

    Further numbers from the ibi Research survey “Success Factor Checkout Optimisation” reinforce this impression: despite the increasing use of mobile devices, nearly half of the retailers aren’t prepared at all. 44 percent of retailers optimise their online shops for tablet users and 42 percent for smartphone users. 33 percent are still planning their mobile optimisation.

    The End of Fashion Bloggers? Women Trust Everyday People more than Celebrities

    Posted on 6. October 2015 by .

    A well-known person shows a brand product to the camera and all of a sudden the product becomes a bestseller? Those times are over. Over the past ten years, ordinary women who became popular on Youtube or through blogposts gained more and more influence and companies also realised this. They started to pay bloggers to endorse them. A new form of advertising was born.

    Now even the confidence in bloggers shakes. According to research from SheKnows Media, women are increasingly weary of those well-known faces. Authentic opinions expressed in customer reviews or on social media are becoming popular. 86 percent of the interviewed women rather trust in opinions and recommendations from everyday people.

    Every year: According to Gartner, these 5 Trends Completely Overrated

    Posted on 7. September 2015 by .

    Marketing research institution Gartner has been examining what trends are where with their “Hype Cycle” for 20 years. Already arrived at the productivity phase, or does the valley of the shadow of disappointment still lie ahead? This analysis offers a hysteria-free perspective on current tech hypes.

    The following trends are totally overrated and represent the peak of inflated expectations: self-driving cars, next-generation analytics (understandable to everyone, even without specialists), Internet of Things, instant language translation and machine learning.

    3D printing in industry, virtual reality, and the deployment of gesture control are things to keep on the radar. These developments could soon disrupt the way we trade.

    Anyone who thought that the robots will take over the economy and our lives in the next few months will have to wait about five to ten years for current futuristic hype-visions come true.

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