E-Commerce: Watershed Moment?

Takeaway: A watershed year in the shift from "bricks and mortar" to dot.com.

With virtually every single retailer posting disappointing sales, we wanted to highlight a crucial factor we believe is of paramount importance. 

 

It is our view that this holiday will go down as a watershed year in the shift from "bricks and mortar" to dot.com. (Yes, we get that the weather was terrible as the month closed out and got worse in January.) 

 

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The chart above clearly shows the steady increase over the past decade in e-commerce's share of total spending.

 

Bottom line? We think when this quarter's numbers are reported, it will reveal the greatest increase in the slope in the the history of the Internet.

 

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Our belief is that shopping is ultimately behavorial. An increase in dot.com will only feed upon itself and continue to gain share in 2014 and ensuing years.  

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