Phoenix sales jobs (Click here) related to retail e-commerce are continuing to grow along with the rest of the nation.
A recent report from comScore found that retail e-commerce sales reached $36.3 billion during Q3 2011, a 13 percent increase from last year. This marks the eighth consecutive quarter of yearly growth and the fourth consecutive quarter of double-digit growth.
“The third quarter of 2011 saw a continuation of the year’s strength in U.S. retail e-commerce spending, even in the face of renewed economic headwinds and uncertainty facing the U.S. consumer,” comScore chairman Gian Fulgoni said in a press release. “As we approach the critical holiday shopping season, we are optimistic about the continued health of the e-commerce sector despite other factors – including stubbornly high unemployment and volatile financial markets – currently weighing on the economy.
“More consumers than ever before are relying on the online channel for product and pricing information, which along with the Internet’s fundamental appeal of convenience and attractive pricing, are contributing to the sustained upward momentum in e-commerce spending,” he added.
Some highlights of the report include:
- The online product categories that saw the highest sales growth over the year, each increasing at least 15 percent, include: digital content and subscriptions; event tickets; jewelry and watches; consumer electronics; and computer software.
- 74 percent of all Internet users made at least one online purchase during Q3, an increase of 22 percent over the year.
- 40 percent of e-commerce transactions included free shipping, a decrease from 49 percent during Q4 2010.