There are certain advantages to visiting your local baby store when doing your shopping, but there are other times when it may be preferable to do your shopping online, and e-commerce has grown rapidly in popularity.
In Canada, 2018 saw 19.8 million users shopping online, and that number is expected to reach more than 25 million by 2021. The research group, Forrester, has projected $39.9 billion in e-commerce in Canada for 2019, representing 9.5% of all retail transactions.
What are some of the main advantages of a Canadian online baby store?
As good and as efficient as a baby store may be, they won’t always be able to keep every product in stock. They may sell out, or if an item comes in a variety of colours, they may choose to simply carry one or two of the most popular versions. Although sometimes it can seem that the larger baby stores have too much variety, making it hard to choose, it is entirely possible that they still don’t have what speaks directly to you.
Online baby stores may have more storage space than physical baby stores, as they can save money on their location, displays, and staffing. This allows a greater variety of products to be made available online, providing you with more options.
If you are in a hurry, it can prove much simpler to go online, do a quick search to find what you want, then pay. If you know exactly what you want, it can be a time-saver over driving out to the store, browsing, perhaps waiting for assistance from a clerk, waiting in line, and driving back home again. Holiday shopping can be rather time-consuming. And if there’s traffic? Well, that’s even worse, with more time being spent getting from place to place than actually shopping.
On the other hand, if you have plenty of time, then you can relax at home, browsing whenever you want, for as long as you want. If you prefer to shop in peace without interruption, there is no need to worry about someone approaching you repeatedly to see if you need help, or worse, to tell you the store is about to close. Are you only free to shop after midnight? No problem. Want to shop on a holiday? Go ahead! The online store is there when you are ready, without you needing to follow their schedule.
This can be great if you are purchasing multiple items, or even a larger item when you don’t have much trunk space or take public transportation. And while most stores will deliver larger items for you, you will often be left to carry some stuff home, which can be problematic on rainy days, if it’s icy, or if you have a young one in tow. Knowing that your item will come straight to your door can be a relief.
Of course, there is also the advantage of being able to shop with a company that has no physical location near you.
Shopping online, you can often find special deals or discounts on discontinued items. There may also be seasonal sales or other opportunities to save.
While there are many times when visiting the baby store can be beneficial, knowing when to take advantage of online shopping can make your life much easier.