e-Commerce Market Analysis

The eCommerce market in Belgium

Belgium is the 24th largest market for eCommerce with a revenue of US$5 billion in 2018, placing it ahead of Norway and behind Austria.

With an increase of 7%, the Belgian eCommerce market contributed to the worldwide growth rate of 11% in 2018. Revenues for eCommerce continue to increase. New markets are emerging, and existing markets also have the potential for further development. Global growth will continue over the next few years. This will be propelled by East and Southeast Asia, with their expanding middle class and lagging offline shopping infrastructure.

The eCommerce market includes online sales of physical goods to a private end user (B2C). Included in this definition are purchases via computer as well as mobile purchases via smartphones and tablets. Excluded from the definition of ecommerceDB are the following: digitally distributed services (e.g., travel tickets), online stores dedicated to digital media downloads or streams, online stores dedicated to B2B markets, and sales between private individuals (C2C) within the eCommerce market.

The eCommerce market in Belgium

Top online stores

The biggest player in the Belgian eCommerce Market is coolblue.be. The store had a revenue of US$0.4 billion in 2018. It is followed by bol.com with US$0.4 billion revenue and amazon.fr with US$0.2 billion revenue. Altogether, the top three stores account for 20% of online revenue in Belgium.

Store rankings are based on every store that generates revenue in Belgium. These stores can either have a national focus and only sell in their main country or operate on a global scale. For this evaluation, only revenue created in Belgium was considered.

One of the fastest-growing stores in the Belgian market is farmaline.be. The store achieved sales of about US$59 million in 2018. Its revenue growth amounted to 290% in the previous year.

Top online The eCommerce market stores in Belgium by eCommerce net sales 2018 in million US$ The table shows the stores that generate the highest revenue in the Belgian market. For this evaluation, only revenue created in Belgium was considered. Basis are all shops on eCommerceDB that operate in Belgium.

# Store
1. coolblue.be US$399m
2. bol.com US$361m
3. amazon.fr US$219m
4. zalando.be US$189m
5. apple.com US$176m
The eCommerce market in Belgium

Market size and growth rate

Revenue in 2018
US$4,888m
REVENUE
CAGR 2018-2022
8%
CAGR

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Market expansion in Belgium is expected to continue over the next few years, as indicated by the Statista Digital Market Outlook. It has been predicted that the compound annual growth rate (CAGR 18-22) for the next four years will be 8%. Compared to the year-over-year growth of 7%, this increase suggests that the market still has growth potential and is not yet saturated. Another indicator of market saturation is the online penetration of 73% in Belgium; in other words, 73% of the Belgian population have bought at least one product online in 2018.

Five categories are considered by ecommerceDB. Fashion is the largest segment in Belgium and accounts for 33% of the eCommerce revenue in Belgium. This is followed by Electronics & Media with 25%, Toys, Hobby & DIY with 18%, Furniture & Appliances with 14% and Food & Personal Care with the remaining 9%.

The eCommerce market in Belgium
Top shipping service providers

In Belgium, Bpost is the most frequently offered delivery service provider among online stores. Of those stores that indicating which service they use to transport their goods, 36% cited Bpost as one of their providers. Moreover, UPS (United Parcel Service) and DHL are among the top three shipping service companies offered by online retailers in Belgium, at rates of 20% and 19%.

Shipping information is based on orders from the store's main country, which is defined as the one where the store generates most of its online revenue. In this case, it is Belgium. Only stores that provide information about their shipping providers can be considered.

Competitor analysis of shipping service providers in Belgium The table shows the most offered shipping providers in Belgium. Shipping information is based on orders from the store's main country, which is defined as the one where the store generates most of its online revenue. In this case, it is Belgium. Only stores that provide information about their shipping providers can be considered.

# Shipping service provider
1. Bpost 36%
2. UPS (United Parcel Service) 20%
3. DHL 19%
The eCommerce market in Belgium

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