Nonstore Retailers Surpass Brick & Mortar Cornerstones
Retail sales in the United States
Before the advent of e-commerce, i.e. in the early 1990s, nonstore retail sales, including mail order, door-to-door and teleshopping sales for example, amounted to less than a third of general merchandise store sales. By 2005, the latter were still twice as large as nonstore retail sales, but over the past decade, online shopping has really taken off. Despite the latest milestone, e-commerce sales still account for no more than roughly 10 percent of total retail sales in the United States, illustrating that the “Retail Apocalypse” isn’t as close as some might think.
The following chart shows how nonstore retail sales have grown over the years, surpassing grocery store sales for the first time in December 2017 and now leaving behind general merchandise store sales as well.
This chart compares nonstore retail sales to general merchandise store and grocery store sales in the United States.