What’s it like to be an online retailer?
For a few months now, online retailers like Amazon and Etsy have been experiencing a boom.
And now, it’s about to hit a peak.
Here are five things to know about shipping and online retail.
The rise of the e-commerce industry.
It’s hard to imagine the ecommerce boom hasn’t already happened, but it has.
Amazon has doubled its online retail sales since the start of 2018, and it’s on pace to surpass $100 billion in annual sales by 2021.
In the past three years, Etsy’s total online sales have jumped from $5.3 billion to $10.4 billion, according to data from eMarketer.
Amazon and eBay, the two biggest online retailers, are also expanding their online sales as they battle with the rise of e-books and other e-book sellers.
As part of the shift to e-tailers, Amazon announced this week that it will sell e-readers at its fulfillment centers.
But it isn’t the only online retailer that is expanding its online sales.
In February, Amazon started selling digital downloads of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, which is being released as an eBook.
Amazon is also selling the original audiobook version of the book for $1, and in May, it will launch a new edition of the same title.
“I’m a big fan of the idea that there are more ways for people to buy books,” says Chris Gorman, chief digital officer for digital distribution at Amazon.
“We have a lot of great opportunities to drive new consumption, and this is one of them.”
In March, the company started selling Kindle books for $2.99, which it says will allow people to “read more books in a smaller, more portable space.”
That could mean more people buying books online, which will lead to more e-store traffic.
In May, Amazon also announced plans to buy more than 100 e-reading devices, which the company says will help people to read books offline and “better engage with books in their homes.”
The company is also rolling out its Kindle Cloud app for iOS and Android tablets, and a new app for the Kindle Fire TV, which Amazon says will make reading books and watching movies easier.
Amazon’s expansion of its online business is a result of a shift in the retail landscape, says Michael Dreeben, a senior research analyst at eMarker.
“When Amazon began, you had a very fragmented retail space,” Dreebin says.
“Now you have a bunch of retailers that are all doing the same thing.”
That’s a lot more competition.
“In a way, you have to compete with them because they’re going to be the largest,” Deeben says.
But the digital world is changing, and so are the physical stores.
“There’s an opportunity for retailers to be able to do the same things that they have done for years,” Dabens says.
Amazon, for instance, has already started selling more physical books, including ebooks and audiobooks, at some of its fulfillment sites.
That could lead to even more ebooks being sold online.
“Amazon is a much bigger player than it used to be, and now Amazon has the opportunity to take advantage of that, particularly in the ereader space,” Gorman says.
Amazon may be selling more books online.
In 2018, Amazon sold about 2.8 million books online and 4.5 million ebooks, according a report from eSupply.
That’s up from 1.8 and 3.3 million, respectively, in 2017.
Amazon isn’t alone in making the move to online sales, which has been happening for a while.
Over the past two years, the eCommerce giant has started to expand its online store.
“It has been a growth industry for Amazon for years and years,” says David B. Zaslav, CEO of eSuppley, an e-retail research firm.
“But there are a lot fewer of them now than they were.”
In 2018 alone, Amazon grew its online presence by more than 3 million customers, or about 11 percent of the company’s total ecommerce market share.
But in the past few years, Amazon has been cutting back on its online inventory.
It has been shutting down its online bookstore, which was originally slated to open in 2018, as well as its online fulfillment sites, which typically sell ebooks.
Amazon also says it will not be making any new book launches.
But a new survey by eSupple shows that Amazon is on pace for more book launches in the coming years, and that the company is now the second-largest e-reader seller behind Apple, with roughly half of all the books it sells being e-literary books.
Amazon still doesn’t have a physical store.
While Amazon is expanding into new areas, it hasn’t built a physical fulfillment center.
In fact, the Amazon retail chain