Now at the beginning of the new year 2023 we look back on a season of holidays, family time and gifts. In Israel people celebrated Hanukkah, in many other countries they celebrate Christmas, but all over the world people buy gifts for their loved ones. Also Black Friday and Cyber Monday, the shopping holidays, encourage us to shop. In the US, for example, for this holiday season a total revenue of 1.3 trillion US-Dollar was expected. This is an increase of more than 3% in comparison to the past year.
Since this holiday season might be a busy time for everyone, online shopping can be a convenient and efficient way to check off all the items on our gift list. With just a few clicks, we can have our purchases delivered right to our doorstep, saving time and energy from having to brave the crowds at the stores in town.
Online shopping has become increasingly popular in the recent years, with many retailers offering special deals and discounts during the holiday season. One of the major benefits of online shopping is the ability to shop from the comfort of our own home. We can take our time browsing through different websites and comparing prices, without having to deal with the crowds and long lines that are common at physical stores. Online shopping also gives us access to a wider range of products. Many online retailers carry a larger selection of products than physical stores, making it easier to find the perfect gift for everyone on our list. To give an idea of the dimensions, in the UK 30% of a total amount of 80 billion British pounds for holiday spending is attributable to sales through digital channels. Another enlightening fact comes from Germany where we can observe that of the overall e-commerce revenue one quarter arises form Christmas online sales. Further, in the US, holiday e-commerce was expected to grow by 15% which leads to an overall revenue of 236 Billion US-Dollar. For Israel we can see that even though Hanukkah is accompanied by high shopping numbers, November is the strongest month when it comes to shopping. In November 2019 for example, Israelis ordered an estimated 14.5 million packages.
While shopping online, we can’t just facilitate their preparations for the holidays, but furthermore use the amazing opportunity provided by Enroute. Enroute allows us to ride the public transportation for free when we shop online. By incentivizing online shopping with the added benefit of free transportation, Enroute aims to encourage the use of sustainable and efficient public transportation and thereby contributes to a greener tomorrow.
So for buying the next gift, consider doing your online shopping from the various number of retailers which are part of Enroute’s network and get your next ride for free. Doing so, you can not only save time and hassle, but also save money for bus and train tickets and at the same time support sustainable transportation options.