Online shopping Trends & Stats

By | 01/07/2016

Do you shop online?  If you do then you are a part of 85% of the world’s population who make up the online shopping trends and statistics of today.  The growth of the internet and it impacts on our everyday Pumping Petrol Your Selflife is amazing, to say the least and for some a little frightening.  The jobs we have today may be gone tomorrow as automation takes over.

Many will remember when you could sit in your car while the service station attendant pumped you petrol, checked your oil and water, put air in your tires and cleaned your windscreen.  Now you do it yourself and pay for the privilege.

There are many jobs that have disappeared over the years.  Now there are electronics to take over those jobs and employers have been able to cut back on their staff.  A good example of this is the self-serve checkouts in your local supermarket.  One staff member monitors up to eight checkouts where you check out your own groceries.  In the past, those checkouts would have been operated by staff members.

The impact of change is felt even in health care.  In the past, a nurse took a patients temperature with one of those glass tube thermometers.  It took two minutes to get and accurate reading.  She counted the number of breaths you took per minute and counted the number of times your heart beat.  Now all this is done with a monitor set up beside your bed which puts out a digital reading 24 hours per day.  It registers your blood pressure and blood oxygen levels as well as pulse and respiration.  The latest thermometer is held a few centimeters away from your forehead and registers your temperature in seconds.

The Statistics

In the US almost 70% of adults shop online regularly.  Some of these have admitted they bought a little extra so they could qualify for free shipping.

95% of people in the UK  have turned to online shopping with internet retailers.

Roy Morgan reports that 40% of Australians over the age of 14 are buying products online every month.  That is 7,630,000 people today compared with 5,704,000 in 2011.

Online shopping around the world is rising rapidly and bringing about change in the way we shop. This growing trend is impacting on many local businesses.  It is also impacting on the people who are working in these local businesses as many jobs are disappearing.

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In a fast moving world where everyone is busy and time poor, shopping online is a great time saver.  It gives parents more time with their children and for the things they want to do rather than the things they have to do.  A grocery list can be sent off in the evening online and your groceries will be delivered to your doorstep at a time that is convenient for you.  Shopping online gives you the opportunity to check out and save on all the specials without every leaving home.

People who viewed the internet with suspicion a few years ago are now beginning to realize that with a little care their purchases are safe and secure online.  Trust is growing and with it has come a rise in the number of people who are shopping online.  The attitude of many consumers has changed.

A Growth Industry

The internet has also become an opportunity for many people.  They are seeing the potential that the growth of the internet offers them.   They are setting up their own online business and are cashing in on the rewards.

Setting up an online business is the most cost effective way to get started in your own business and many entrepreneurs are taking advantage of this opportunity.

Starting an online affiliate marketing business has a number of advantages, not the least of which are the minimal start-up and ongoing costs.  With just a website as your store front, you can start making money quickly and setting up a website is not only easy it can be free.  The best place I found for setting up a website is Wealthy Affiliate.  It is free and you can have your website in just a couple of minutes.

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The beauty of affiliate marketing is you don’t have to clutter your home with stock.  Instead, as you can promote other company’s products.  You simply place product affiliate links on your website.  When someone clicks on that link and then goes on to purchase a product from that company you will receive a commission payment.

There are many companies where you can sign up for affiliate links and get started writing content that will attract traffic to your website.  The best places to start are Amazon, Clix Galore, Commission Factory, Share a Sale and Commission Junction just to name a few.  They have many businesses that are looking for affiliates to promote their products.

There are a lot of benefits to be gained by creating your own online business. You can build your online business part-time without having to throw caution to the wind by giving up your day job.   When you decide the time is right you can make the decision to quit your job and focus on your online business.  Unlike a bricks and mortar shop, you can start a risk-free online business in seconds.


Building an online business will put you in a position to capitalize on the growing trend toward online shopping.  You can choose what products to promote and build a website to suit those products.  Many online marketers are enjoying a lifestyle that most of us have only ever dreamed of and they are people just like you and me.

Spending more time with your family is within easy reach and if that is what you want then the place to start is right here and right now.  To find out more about getting started just click here.

If you have any questions or want to make a comment then drop me a note below.  I am always happy to hear from you and will definitely get back to you as soon as I can.

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Best wishes






4 thoughts on “Online shopping Trends & Stats

  1. Margaret Post author

    Hi Mike,

    I must admit I am pretty old 🙂 but I do remember those things and more. That is not the only change. People who did mechanical apprenticeships before cars became computerized find their training back then has not equipped them to work on modern cars. Many older mechanics have found they are out of work.

    I think the reason for the growing trend toward online shopping is related to two main things

    1) Increasing trust in the internet

    2) It is much quicker than going from shop to shop comparing prices and products and we are all living fast paced time poor lives these days.

    Of course there are a lot of other reasons but I believe they are the major reasons why online shopping is escalating.

    Thanks for your comment and best wishes to you.


  2. Margaret Post author

    Hi Alec

    You are right. I was sent a video about a year ago about the growth of the internet and I must admit I was amazed. It is absolutely awesome and it has changed our world so much.

    Some occupations have completely disappeared and others that we never dreamed of have taken their place and all this has happened in pretty much the last 10 to twenty years.

    Starting an online business now is the smartest way to go as online shopping continues to grow.

    Thanks for taking the time to contact me. It is always greatly appreciated.

    All the best


  3. Alec Terry

    I think you did an excellent job highlighting the fact that online shopping is prevalent and very much here to stay. There is so much opportunity to make a name for yourself in the online sphere that with a little hard work anyone can make it. Even as of today, only about 2 billion out of the 7 billion people here on Earth have internet access. As that number improves, so will the opportunities for success.

    Great post!

  4. Mike

    I have to say, I’m too young to recall the days when the gas station attendant at the service station pumped petrol (or gasoline as we say here in the Colonies ;-), checked your oil and water, put air in your tires and cleaned your windscreen. And it’s astounding that the rate of online shoppers in the UK in 95%. What’s the cause for such a high rate do you think?

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