E-commerce in a Post-Virus World – Part 2

Learn how businesses cope up with the changing e-commerce landscape.

With the global vaccine rollout facing major slumps in small-to-midsize economies, experts predict that the world will not return to normal until the warmer months of 2022, according to an article published by The Atlantic. So with a full year ahead of us, how can e-commerce businesses endure these uncertain times? Here’s what online stores do to stay afloat.

Sell to the post-virus market.

Offer Discounts and Incentives!

  • 73% of top online retailers are running sales regularly.
  • 40% is the median discount rate across all active sales.
  • 90% of customers say free shipping is the most in-demand perk, so more businesses are adding this incentive to their stores.

Market at the Right Place

Since Day 1 of the pandemic, people flock to social networking sites more than ever. Facebook Marketplace has a potential market reach of 2.7 billion monthly users, though that’s a highly inorganic number. Still, marketers predict that Marketplace will soon become the Internet’s leading market listing platform, overtaking current titleholder Craigslist.

  • U.S. online orders in market listing platforms increased 56% YoY
  • Mobile sales expected to drop globally by 5% in 2021-2022
  • Podcast downloads are down 20%

The coronavirus is here to stay.
So must your business.

Just like the major pandemics of the past, Covid-19 may never go away, health experts say. People will only have to develop immunity against the virus. As we wait for the vaccine rollout to trigger herd immunity, the world needs to carry on and continue doing business as usual.

For online businesses to stay profitable and maintain growth, they have to:

  • Adapt to meet changing customer needs
  • Sell thoughtfully to the right market
  • Stay safe

We can help! AOC’s mission is to assist online businesses in achieving stability and maintain growth.

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E-commerce in a Post-Virus World – Part 1

Get a glimpse of how the Covid-19 pandemic impacted and changed the landscape of E-commerce.

Businesses around the world have been grappling with the effects of the coronavirus pandemic for almost a year. Everything from rapidly changing customer behavior to logistics and supply issues proves to be a challenge for entrepreneurs trying to keep their businesses afloat. In this blog, we’re offering a bird’s eye view of the key data around these changes and how E-commerce is adapting to them.

The market has changed.

All figures are based on a year-on-year comparison (2019 and 2020).

After the impact of Covid-19,
What are people buying online?

  1. Gifts and Specialty Products – 18.9% increase YoY
  2. Apparel and Accessories – 14.3% increase YoY
  3. Home and Garden – 8.4% increase YoY
  4. Groceries – 7.2% increase YoY
  5. Toys and Games – 7.0% increase YoY


After the impact of Covid-19,
Here’s what people aren’t buying online:

  1. Luggage – 77% decrease YoY
  2. Cameras and Equipment – 64% decrease YoY
  3. Swimwear – 62% decrease YoY
  4. Gym Bags – 57% decrease YoY
  5. Store Fixtures and Displays – 50% decrease YoY


Businesses must change, too.

To stay ahead of the pandemic and meet changing market needs, stores are adapting to the new normal.



If you’re among the millions who closed down their physical stores, don’t lose hope. Set up a store online and reconnect with your customers.

  • Due to Covid-19, E-commerce sales grew by 25% in 2020.


Less Contact, More Sales

Because of the continuous threat of the virus, shoppers order more items through stores with less physical contact.

  • No-contact deliveries are up 62% since April 2020.


Popular Products

In a time where people only buy what they need, you can make a pivotal shift to selling what customers are buying.

  • Face mask sellers grew 5 folds in just two weeks.


Learn what online retailers are doing in Part 2!