Data reveals a major increase in e-commerce retailers leveraging technology to understand the actions of competitors and customers over Black Friday period
VILNIUS, LITHUANIA / ACCESSWIRE / December 4, 2020 / With the majority of retail shops closed over Black Friday this year globally, and online sales predicted to account for 16.1% of all retail sales in 2020 (in comparison to 14.1% in 2019), consumers were inundated with options when it comes to shopping online, leaving e-commerce retailers facing unprecedented competition.
In a bid to better understand their audiences and competitor movements, retailers turned to technology to gain critical insights. This is according to new research from Oxylabs, which shows e-commerce retailers leveraged web scraping significantly more so, ahead of Black Friday, compared to last year.
The data revealed residential proxy traffic (made per e-commerce customer) increased by 301% on Black Friday 2020 compared to 2019 and datacenter proxy traffic increased by 97% on Black Friday 2020 compared to Black Friday 2019. Breaking this down, these findings show there was a huge increase in retailers leveraging technology to efficiently understand their competitors’ actions. These insights included data on pricing and promotion of products, product catalogs, shipping information, stock levels, and even consumers’ reviews and ratings of competitors, to name a few.
Commenting on these findings, Julius Cerniauskas, CEO at Oxylabs, explains, “It was very unfortunate for retailers around the globe to face consequences of the second Covid wave with the most critical period in the retail calendar, The Golden Quarter and Black Friday. However, our findings from Black Friday this year highlighted the fact e-commerce retailers have had to become far smarter with their use of publicly available data if they are to secure their share of consumers’ wallets and survive throughout this turbulent period.”
“In reality, it is unlikely we’ll ever return to the same pre-Covid landscape and even before the pandemic, bricks-and-mortar retailers had been fighting a fierce battle against e-commerce players. Those challenges have now accelerated at a staggering speed, as more businesses pivot away from physical outlets to online stores. Black Friday has evidently proved that retailers recognize more than ever the need to leverage technology to better understand the landscape they operate in.”
Cerniauskas continues, “Our data illustrates that our residential proxies solution recorded the highest number of requests and traffic a week before Black Friday 2020, yet in 2019, the highest number of requests and traffic was recorded one day before Black Friday 2019. This demonstrates customers were leveraging publicly available data further in advance of Black Friday in comparison to the same period last year, showing those operating in the e-commerce space are becoming increasingly aware of the competitive edge that technologies such as web scraping can provide.”
“As e-commerce players identified more and more competition, it was clearly important for them to have sufficient time to leverage new insights and refine their strategies ahead of one of the busiest trading periods of the year.”
Cerniauskas concludes, “The impact of Covid-19 on the e-commerce landscape is undeniable. Generations that never previously shopped online are now doing so, and retailers have moved quickly to meet this demand. We’ve already seen a tremendous increase in traffic across all our platforms when comparing against the same periods last year.”
Oxylabs is a leading global provider of premium proxies and data scraping solutions for large-scale web data extraction. The company’s mission is clear: To give every business – whether big or small – the right to access big data. With unmatched hands-on experience in web data gathering, Oxylabs is in trusted partnerships with dozens of Fortune 500 companies and global businesses, helping them unearth hidden gems of business intelligence data through state-of-the-art products and technological expertise. For more information, please visit: https://oxylabs.io/
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