commerce market is growing immensely with sales expected to top $27 trillion in 2020, as per eMarketer.
And considering the overwhelming growth in the sphere of ecommerce, it is safe to say that the industry has come a long way. Since Amazon’s launch of online shopping site in 1995, the industry has transformed immensely, giving birth to new opportunities for entrepreneurs and startups.
There is no stopping this upwards trend thanks to the many contributors of the ecommerce industry. In this post, I’ll be highlighting some of the leading ecommerce stores from around the globe. Stores that are the reason behind such monumental growth in the e-industry. Let’s begin. Here is a list of top ecommerce stores.
Note: This list is not a ranking list and excludes marketplaces, limiting to the sole contribution of ecommerce stores to the online industry.
Kogan is the largest online departmental store in Australia, which was created by Ruslan Kogan in 2006.
Till now they have delivered millions of products worldwide. The store sells electronic products, home appliances and groceries directly to consumers. But they are best known for products relating to electronics including TVs, tablets and phones.
According Kogan’s 2016 annual report, revenue for 2016 grew to $10.9 million when compared to 2015.
The Iconic is a leading online fashion and sports retailer in Australia and New Zealand. Since their launch in 2011, the retailer has become popular among Australian online fashion retailers and stocks over 700 brands and 50,000 items.
Within a short span of six years they’ve grew from five employees to over 400 employees. The retailer also has the award-winning mobile app which is also Australia’s most downloaded fashion app.
GFG which comprises of fashion brands including Lamoda, Namshi, Zalora and The Iconic saw a 10% increase in its revenue in 2016.
The Gap, Inc. is an American clothing and accessories retailer based in San Francisco, California and was founded in 1969 by Donald and Doris Fisher. Its HQ offices are in London, China, Japan and Canada.
With the potential to ship in more than 214 countries, GAP is surely one of the most iconic brand in the fashion industry. Gap leads the fashion industry (both online and offline) with its clothes available in 90 countries with 3,300 company-operated stores, almost 400 franchise stores, and ecommerce sites.
In 2016, GAP’s active customers increased by 25%, whereas overseas customers increased by 28%. At the same time, the company saw an increase of 30% in its total orders in 2016.
The American brand is the leading multinational office supply retailing corporation with more than 1,500 stores in North America. Headquartered in Framingham, Massachusetts, Staple generates major part of their sales through online selling.
Staples sell a wide range of products which includes staples, office machines, promotional products, technology, and business services both in stores and online. In 2016, Staples saw a growth in their sales by 25%.
A global online fashion and beauty retailer, offering womenswear, menswear, footwear, accessories, jewellery and beauty products. ASOS is a hub for fashion thriving community offering a wide variety of fashion related content.
ASOS revenue grew to 26% and operating profit increased by 37% in 2016. They sell over 80,000 branded and own-brand products through mobile and web.
They deliver products to almost every country in the world from their fulfilment centers located in UK, US, Europe and China.
The City A.M.’s Business of the Year Award winner, Boohoo is a UK based online fashion retailer that was founded in 2006 by Joint Chief Executives Mahmud Kamani and Carol Kane.
The brand recognises individuality by claiming:
We see you. We embrace it. We make fashion accessible and fun. boohoo is for girls. All girls.
Zappos is an online shoe and clothing shop based in Las Vegas. Around 80% of its sales came from shoes with over 50,000 variety of shoes sold by the store. In 2009, Zappos was acquired by Amazon in a deal worth about $1.2 billion.
On average, Zappos employees answer 5,000 calls a month, and 1,200 e-mails a week. Their goal is to make Zappos the best place for customer service in the world.
QVC is the world’s leading digital retailer as millions of people from all around the globe shop from them.
The business offers a wide range of products with top and famous brands such as HP, Dooney & Bourke, Perricone MD, Beats by Dre, Fitbit, and Vitamix.
They shipped approximately 183 million units in 2016 across its global markets. QVC has a growing global ecommerce business, which accounted for $4 billion of annual revenue in 2016.
Glossier is a cult-status online beauty product ecommerce store launched by Emily Weiss in 2014.
In 2010, Emily begun with the beauty blog ‘Into the Gloss’ which is a blog about women’s beauty and grooming routines. In October 2014, Weiss unveiled Glossier’s first four products on her blog. The beauty brand’s products now range from skincare essentials to masks and serums and make-up foundation.
Glossier is surely one of my top picks of ecommerce stores. It is worth noting that in November 2016, Glossier raised $24 million to open permanent retail stores and take its brand international.
Nixon is an American watches, accessories and audio brand, founded in 1997.
The easy navigable website puts them in the list of top ecommerce stores. The watch brand’s website gives a very happening shopping experience with products listing pages and product stories with downloadable manual. You can even build your own customized watch on their website.
Clos19 is a premium brand of champagnes, wines and spirit by LVMH.
Founded in 2017, the premium online drinks platform merges shopping and catering experience. It has a very simple and clean website with an attractive design complimented with quality content. Clos19 website surely stands out, securing a place in the list of most luxurious ecommerce stores.
Clos19 provides a rare and delightful experience to inspire and celebrate.
THE HOME DEPOT
The Home Depot is a famous American home supplies retailing company that sells tools, construction products, and services. It operates across US, Canada and Mexico.
In 2005, Home Depot launched its first online home furnishing store. Its ecommerce business offers more than one million products for the DIY customer, professional contractors, and the industry’s largest installation business for the Do-It-For-Me customer.
Home Depot saw an increase of 19% in sales from their online channels in 2016 compared to fiscal year 2015.
B&H Photo Video
B&H is the largest photo and video equipment store in US which was founded in 1973. They also host famous photographers on their podcasts, discussing their books and photos.
With over 12 million consumers visiting their online store every month, B&H’s ecommerce website is one of a kind.
The simple and unique website with a promise to deliver quality products and services puts B&H in the list of top ecommerce stores.
IKEA is a well-known mega giant in the furniture industry. They currently have about 313 stores in 38 countries with ecommerce operations in around 14 of them.
By launching its ecommerce operations in UAE and Australia in 2017, IKEA is working aggressively on expanding its online operations.
If we talk about an online furniture store, IKEA is surely to look for, as it is one of the oldest and premium furniture brand in the industry. In 2016, IKEA online sales were recorded at EUR 1.4 Billion across 14 IKEA group markets.
Here’s a simple yet effective website of the famous furniture brand:
Gear-Up is an ecommerce website that sells gaming and computer components. Originated from Europe, Gear-Up soon realized the potential in Arab market and started selling computer, gaming and graphics components in the Middles East.
The company is run by techies, computer junkies and IT gurus. The store holds the largest inventory of more than 20,000 items including motherboards, processors, RAM, hard drives, cases, graphics cards, optical drives and accessories.
Here is a glimpse of the top computer selling ecommerce store:
These were my picks for the top ecommerce stores based on their contribution to the growth of the ecommerce industry, their phenomenal designs and their inspiring stories.
If I’ve missed any ecommerce store that you think should be included in this list please let me know in the comment section below.