The growth of ecommerce is unstoppable, and continues year after year. As we tell you in a recent post of news of the sector, in 2016 in Argentina it has grown 60%. These figures are repeated throughout the world, so having a website with an online store becomes really indispensable. But in addition to implementing it, it is essential to know what are the expected trends for this 2017, and take action in this regard.In CWT Advertising we select 4 of the most important trends expected for the year.

1. Delivery in the day

One of the advantages of the traditional purchase compared to the online one, has been, and still is, the possibility of having the product instantly. This gap is blurring, when not? by Amazon, which recently made its first shipment with its PrimeAir technology, in just 13 minutes.

You may not have the possibility of using drones for your deliveries, but surely with creativity and research you can create a methodology that allows you to reduce deadlines, and even get to do it on the same day.

Keep in mind that, according to a study by Forrester Market Research, 29% of buyers say they are willing to pay an additional cost for this type of delivery.

2. Multichannel purchase is the new standard

Away in time has been the time where he went to a shopping mall, or a shopping center to make purchases from beginning to end. From the Iphone to this part, everything has already changed. There are purchases that are analyzed in person and defined online, others that start on one device and end on another, transactions where the ROPO effect predominates (research online, buy offline), and the new trend is the use of the smartphone being included within the store, to investigate reviews, additional product data or price comparison

It should also be noted that, according to the Google report “Multichannel buyers: an emerging reality of retail trade” Omnichannel consumers are 30% more loyal than traditional consumers.

Tip: forget the watertight compartments, think big, think of multiple and integrated channels.

3. Disintermediation

Other customs that remained for decades, are slowly disappearing and mutating for others. An example is a visit to a travel agency to select the tourist destination and purchase the services. Nowadays, consumers usually access hotels directly to get the same or better prices, and buy their tickets from the airlines. It is that the new trend is precisely the disintermediation, where consumers prefer to acquire companies directly, and those who are in the “middle” of the chain, must offer more services and offers to continue with their position in the market.

A paradigmatic example is Nike, who recently achieved a 42% growth online in a year, and 21% in its direct sales to consumers, both through e-commerce and its own stores.

If you manufacture your own products, 2017 is an excellent year for the development of your online store, selling directly to the public, thus obtaining the growth of your sales and your brand.

4. Predictive analysis

The volume of data that companies have about their customers grows exponentially. This does not happen only to corporates that use the benefits of Big Data, but also with SMEs or enterprises that know how to use the available information.

It is because of this scenario that a trend that is affirmed is the predictive analysis of purchase. This is done based on user behavior, crossing it with others who have had similar behaviors

This analysis allows segmented email marketing campaigns, planning offers, and even anticipating which products will be sold more than others to organize the stock or production.

Surely in your business you can incorporate this idea. You may not have software that analyzes millions of records and automates the conclusions, but with intelligence you can surely study your data and others in the market, in order to predict future actions of your customers or prospects.