Apparel and tech gadgets are two things that are almost synonymous with online shopping. According to Statista, ecommerce sales in fashion and the electronics & media categories make up more than 50% of total online sales in Southeast Asia.
Statista estimates ecommerce sales in the electronics & media category will reach $5.26 billion this year across six Southeast Asian countries (find below), while the online fashion market will reach $4.464 billion.
Fashion online sales in the region are expected to double within the next five years and electronics & media are expected to increase 1.5 times. Where are customers going online to look for these products?
Google’s Consumer Barometer has some answers and based on the data, a couple of online channels in Southeast Asia stand out for buying clothing & footwear and mobile phones.
Where are shoppers buying clothing & footwear?
Consumers mostly buy apparel on general online marketplaces and e-shops that predominantly focus on selling fashion and footwear. Less people report buying on brand.com but until only recently did well known brands such as Adidas, Zara, Uniqlo, started to offer their products online in Southeast Asia.
Other popular online shopping destinations include social sites such as Instagram and Facebook and apps like Shopee and Carousell who are dominating C2C market sales in the region.
Where are shoppers buying mobile phones?
As for electronics, there is a larger variety of channels shoppers use to buy mobile phones. In Indonesia, classifieds sites and mobile phone brand stores are the most popular choice for shoppers.
In Vietnam, shoppers favor online shops of mobile retailers and big box retailers, while in Thailand people shop on general e-retailers.
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