Grocery delivery has come into focus in the coronavirus pandemic, expanding what was long considered the “last frontier of e-commerce” to a much larger number of households. Yet, there are still major differences between countries when it comes to how the groceries usually arrive.
China, where companies had been experimenting with different delivery concepts even before the pandemic, is a big step ahead of the competition, with a majority of respondents having used grocery delivery at least once in the past 12 months. According to the Statista Global Consumer Survey, 55 percent of those surveyed in Mainland China stated that they had done so.
Out of the six countries surveyed in 2021, the next biggest market for grocery delivery was the United States, where the practice became a pandemic pastime. More than a third of U.S. respondents said they had used grocery delivery in the past twelve months. The most timid population in the survey in relation to online grocery shopping was located in Germany, where only 18 percent said they had ordered groceries online recently.