More shoppers are shopping online in the United States and around the world and some are heading to grocery stores online, according to a new report by the Center for American Progress.
The report found that online shoppers in the U.S. spent nearly $9 billion online last year, a rise of almost 30% from 2013.
The data shows that online shopping increased significantly in 2017, from $3.5 billion in 2016 to $4.1 billion in 2017.
Online shopping accounted for more than 10% of the total spend of U.N. members in 2017 and up to 20% of total spending among U.K. adults.
Online shoppers also accounted for about 10% or $1.9 billion of the global total spending in 2017.
“Online shopping is a significant driver of the growth in the world economy and a key driver of consumer choice,” said Paulina Giannotto, senior research associate at the Center.
“More people are shopping on the Internet and more Americans are buying online.”
The report also found that shoppers are increasingly choosing to buy online as a way to save on shipping and handling costs.
About 2.7 billion Americans bought goods online in 2017 alone.
Online retailing is expected to grow at an annualized rate of 2.4% to $14.9 trillion by 2021.
The report found the average cost of goods online for U. S. consumers dropped by 5% in 2017 from the previous year.