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U.S. Ecommerce Sales Rise 25%, Lists Suppliers for COVID-19 Materials and Online Wedding Dress Retailer Anomalie Sees Web Traffic Surge

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U.S. Ecommerce Sales Rise 25%

In the United States, online sales have increased 25% on average for daily sales from March 13 through March 15 compared with average daily sales from March 1 through March 11. This growth is largely due to a surge in online grocery sales, which have increased 100% in daily online sales from March 13 through March 15, compared to average daily sales from March 1 through March 11. Pickup orders also increased 62% year over year during February 24 through March 24. Below are order spikes in various product categories on March 11 compared with average daily sales in January:

  • 807% increase in sales for virus protection products
  • 231% increase in toilet paper sales
  • 217% increase in over-the-counter drug sales
  • 87% increase in non-perishable, shelf-stable and canned foods

What stood out to us? Covid may be more dangerous to traditional retail than it is to humans. 

Manufacturing Lists Suppliers for Coronavirus Materials

Last week,, a B2B marketplace for various industries, launched an online coronavirus resource hub for manufacturers searching for trading partners, supplies and other resources related to the COVID-19 pandemic. One area of the hub lists over a dozen suppliers of materials and equipment used in treating COVID-19. Companies listed as suppliers include manufacturers LabCorp, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Roche Diagnostics and Danaher. The list provides information on what each company has available and links to each supplier's website. “We have received an overwhelming number of requests for analysis and trends based on our data and information during this global crisis,” says Thomas president and CEO Tony Uphoff. “Everyone from the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Small Business Administration to CNN and Yahoo! Finance has asked for deeper insights around how the manufacturing industry is reacting to and preparing for the impact of the coronavirus.”

What stood out to us? Thank you

Wedding dresses

Online Wedding Dress Retailer Anomalie Sees Web Traffic Surge

With stay-at-home orders during COVID-19, wedding ceremonies have been postponed, downsized or even canceled. Approximately 28% of couples that had planned to get married in April, May or June are posting their weddings to later in the year, with 6.5% of April brides canceling their weddings altogether. Anomalie, an online only wedding retailer, has seen a surge in website traffic, with a 40% increase in traffic from social media and 25% increase in signups since the outbreak. The online retailer works with brides to create custom-made wedding dresses from scratch. Its online DressBuilder tool lets brides answer a series of questions, which then creates a mock up sketch. Brides then set up a virtual design consultation to meet with a stylist. The online retailer is also using its supply chain partnership to provide CDC-certified masks to hospitals in need across Canada and the United States. 

What stood out to us? Time to get married to a good ecommerce strategy.

In the headlines

  • Walmart’s new options: Walmart expands contactless options for in-store shopping, delivery and pickup. 
  • DoorDash deliveries: The company now delivers from over 1,800 convenience stores nationwide.
  • Going fast: Startup Fast raises $20M to streamline ecommerce checkout.

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