In the wake of the recent terror attacks in major cities, e-shopping during the forthcoming festival season is likely to go up by 180 per cent in Delhi and other metros, according to an ASSOCHAM study.
Based on feedback from traders across the country, the study says the worst-hit would be footpath sellers, especially those who sell garments and household articles.
Also, during Dussehra and Diwali, white goods and bullion trade would in all likelihood not be as impressive as it was last year because little discounts to attract customers are being offered by consumer durables manufactures due to higher input cost. Inflation and loss of property and lives as a result of terror activities at various places have completely dampened the purchasing enthusiasm of common investors towards gold and silver.
According to feedback received by the Chamber secretariat in the past 10 days on buying trends, it has been found that because of security reasons e-shopping is going to grow by nearly 180 times in various metros including large townships like Lucknow, Chandigarh, Dehra Dun, Pune, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Chennai, Udaipur and Jaipur.
ASSOCHAM Secretary-General D. S. Rawat said through e-shopping in the month of October-November 2007, shopkeepers in major hubs of economic activity effected sales of number of articles to an extent of Rs.5,500 crore. Since, one keeps a record of e-transactions as these take place through the established banking mechanism, the figure is realistic and cannot be described as exaggerated. The ASSOCHAM expects this to go up between 175-180 per cent to touch levels of over Rs.15,000 crore, Mr. Rawat said.
Just as Delhi e-shoppers' population was 30 per cent in 2007-08, in Mumbai it was 28 per cent with maximum e-shopping taking place in electronic gadgets, apparel and design purchases, railways and gift items. The number in percentage increase for e-shoppers in 2008-09 would touch at least 50 per cent in case of Mumbai while in Delhi it is expected beyond 60 per cent. Products that will gain popularity in e-sale could include gems and jewellery, books, accessories, apparel, gift products, music and movies, hotel room besides tickets for transportation.
ASSOCHAM adds that most shoppers have shown satisfaction with e-shopping.
Other reasons for e-shoppers' number multiplying are because of factors such as home delivery which saves time, secondly `24x7' hours shopping with ease and availability factors for product comparisons.
Most products bought and sold through online comprise gift articles (58 per cent), books (42 per cent), electronic gadgets (41 per cent), railway tickets (39 per cent), accessories apparel (36 per cent), apparel (36 per cent), computer and peripherals (33 per cent), airline tickets (29 per cent), music (24 per cent), movies tickets (26 per cent), hotel rooms (20 per cent), magazine (19 per cent), home tools and products (16 per cent), home appliances (16 per cent), toys (16 per cent), jewellery (15 per cent), beauty products (12 per cent), health and fitness products (12 per cent), apparel gift certificates (10 per cent) and sporting goods (7 per cent).
Thirty-eight per cent of the regular shoppers are in the 18 to 25 age group, 58 per cent in the 26 to 35 age group, 18 per cent in 36 to 45 and 10 per cent in the age group of 45 to 60. Eighty-six per cent of the user base is educated with a Bachelor or Master degree.
Source: Gurgaon Scoop