In Canada, online shopping isn’t just some trend that spikes during the holiday season. Okay, well it certainly spikes during the holiday season – but doesn’t all shopping? No, online shopping is a trend that keeps on growing. So it doesn’t matter that the holidays are well behind us – online shopping is still incredibly popular with Canadians. And all signs show that it will continue to be.
Let’s not forget that various holidays occur all year long. Take Valentine’s Day, for example. Two days from now, loving couples from all over Canada will be celebrating their relationships. Just ask any flower shop owner how much business is booming this week, as a result. And don’t think for second that you can’t order flowers for your loved one online!
If you own a flower shop and don’t provide this convenient service to your customers, you’re bound to lose out on a whole lot of business. Canadian shoppers are flocking to the internet to make purchases in bigger droves than ever before. And this has been going on for years. In fact, Hollie Shaw of Financial Post noticed the growth in online shopping popularity among Canadians years ago.
In 2010, she wrote that young Canadians were embracing online shopping much like their American counterparts had already embraced it years before. She revealed that Statistics Canada was proving this to be true. In 2009, they found that “39% of Canadians aged 16 and over used the internet to place more than 95 million orders.” This was an increase of 32% and the 70 million orders placed online in 2007.
“I actually like buying things online myself,” one of our clients commented yesterday, “It just makes things easy. I’m not particular about waiting in lines at stores or searching for parking. I’d rather just jump on my computer, press a few buttons and have my package sent to me. It’s much easier, to be honest. All I need is my credit card and I’m good. I recommend it to everyone I know.”
Our client points out an all-too-important fact. Online shopping generally requires shoppers to have credit cards in order to pay for their purchases. At Canadian POS Corporation, we offer Canadian merchants the opportunity to accept both credit and debit cards using top-of-the-line POS terminals. We also provide top-notch customer service while offering the most affordable rates in our industry.
Are you accepting credit and debit cards yet? If not, you’re certainly missing out on all of the benefits of allowing your customers to shop online. According to Shaw’s 2010 report, Statistics Canada found that online orders for goods and services were valued at $15.1 billion in 2009. This was up from $12.8 billion in 2007. Imagine the possibilities now that 2014 is here!
Give Canadian POS Corporation a call at 1-877-748-2884 today. Let’s ensure that you’re not missing out on a trend that’s pretty much becoming a way of life. Online shopping in Canada is here to stay. And let’s not forget that selling your items online allows you to promote your brand to shoppers outside of Canada. The possibilities are indeed endless when you accept credit cards as methods of payment.