Industry Analysis & Industry Trends
The recession had a profound effect on this industry, as it is highly reliant on positive consumer sentiment and a strong housing market. As the economy has strengthened, demand and revenue have somewhat improved; however, in the five years to 2018, the industry will experience much more encouraging increases. The industry will also gain traction as more consumers become comfortable shopping online.... purchase to read more
Industry Report - Industry Locations Chapter
Because of the inherent characteristics of e-commerce, the geographic spread of establishments is not proportional to the population distribution. While largely populated regions are the most important to the industry, the number of establishments varies considerably throughout the United States. Unlike retailers at physical locations, online retailers only require warehouse space to store industry products before trucks deliver them to households and businesses.
Major hubs for online shopping include the West, Southeast and the Mid-Atlantic regions. These are the most-populated regions in the United States, but the Southeast has fewer industry establishments per person than the West... purchase to read more