From messenger groups to online shopping apps
Online shopping in Indonesia has changed significantly since its nascent days. In 2013, most online shoppers purchased items through messaging services such as Blackberry Messenger groups. Today, it has shifted to website and apps-based online shopping channels. Tokobagus.com, the most popular shopping website in 2014, was nowhere to be found on the 2019 most-popular list. As of 2019, the Indonesian brand Tokopedia ranked first among the most clicked e-commerce sites in Indonesia, followed by Shopee and Bukalapak , while Lazada, Shopee, and Tokopedia were the most popular mobile shopping apps respectively.
Quality and duration
Electronics and its accessories, fashion items, and groceries were the most popular products that were bought online in Indonesia. 50 percent of the total e-commerce expenditure was contributed by online shoppers between the ages of 30 to 39 years. Most of the Indonesian online shoppers believed that doing an online transaction in Indonesia was safe. Their biggest concern was rather about the quality or the description of the product. The second most popular concern about shopping online was falling prey to scammers. According to a survey in 2018, the time taken to deliver an item is one of the main reasons to be unsatisfied with the service of some online marketplaces in Indonesia. It seems that logistics is one of the biggest challenges for the Indonesian market.
Indonesia’s e-commerce in the future
To encourage and educate the public about the convenience of online shopping, Indonesia introduced an annual National Online Shopping Day (HarBolNas) in 2012 that falls on December 12. This event was initiated by e-commerce companies in Indonesia and is expected to have an impact on the Indonesian e-commerce penetration in the near future.