Amazon.com Inc maintained its online dominance in the 2017 holiday shopping season with increasing competition from Wal-Mart Stores Inc, Target Corp and Best Buy Co.
Amazon captured 89% of online spending among the dominant holiday retailers in the five-week period beginning on Thanksgiving, according to an analysis of credit- and debit-card transaction data by Earnest Research in New York. Wal-Mart, which purchased Jet.com in 2016 for US $ 3bil (RM11.96bil), remained a distant second a 4.4%.
The data show market share has changed little from a year ago. That suggests brick-and-mortar stores are keeping their customers, even as more shoppers shift their spending to the stores' websites, said Andrew Robson, president and chief revenue officer at Earnest. Traditional retailers have been trying to match Amazon's strength by offering more products online and adding new services like letting shoppers find and purchase goods on the web.
“There's a stabilization and the traditional brick-and-mortar retailers are figuring out how to maintain share,” Robson said.
Wal-Mart traditionally sees a sales bump after Christmas due to clearance discounts, which could improve its final totals, he said.
Earnest measures total spending for each retailer based on anonymous consumer transactions. The spending totals for Seattle-based Amazon measure the gross merchandise value, or the price of all goods sold on the site. That figure is bigger than Amazon's total revenue, many of the products come from independent merchants and Amazon. Wal-Mart, based in Bentonville, Arkansas, is also building its online marketplace.
Earnest has launched a “Consumer Insights & Competitor Intelligence” tool that measures consumer preferences across multiple brands. A recent comparison of Wal-Mart and Amazon shoppers found that Amazon's customers prefer to buy clothing from Banana Republic, workout gear from the Dominic Pizza while Wal-Mart shoppers prefer H & M clothing, Foot Locker athletic gear and Taco Bell. – Bloomberg