Thursday, August 22nd, 2019
Britain’s ecommerce ecosystem compares to the US in many ways despite the existing gap between the sizes of the digital population between the two firms.
Though the US is ahead, the population of Britons using web-based solutions is savvy and dynamic, making the UK ecommerce platform one of the most sophisticated markets.
UK shoppers use computers as well as mobile devices to purchase a variety of goods and services from the online market.
Though dominated by giant US e-commerce companies, particularly Amazon and eBay, who are so far the largest e-commerce markets in the UK, Britain still has some strong players.
Discover three of the best platforms in the UK as of March 2019 according to traffic from SimilarWeb.
1. Amazon UK
Amazon kicked off in the US in ’94 as a web-based bookstore and later broadened its horizons to other items including furniture, toys, media, apparel, electronics, jewelry, and food.
It has so far penetrated different countries as well as the UK. As we speak, Amazon is an undisputed leader in global e-commerce that has further ventured into brick-and-mortar retail.
Its UK website, amazon.co.uk, hosts an approximate traffic of 446.5 Million visits per month.
2. eBay UK
eBay launched in America in ’95. It is an online marketplace where individuals and businesses sell products directly thanks to its web-based auction platform.
It has so far expanded to over 20 countries— the UK included— and deals with the trade of products including cars, home and garden, sports, toys, electronics, and fashion as well as industrial products.
eBay’s UK website, ebay.co.uk, hosts an estimated traffic of 355.5 Million visits per month.
Asos is the number one UK ecommerce retailer. It specializes in fashion and cosmetics for both men and women.
Established in 2000, Asos has a strong foothold in the UK and has penetrated into several nations in Europe and Asia. As we speak, Asos onboards over 3000 staff.
Its official website, asos.com, hosts an approximate traffic of 54.3 Million visits per month.
Argos is the second-best UK ecommerce retailer. The catalog retailer also runs more than 800 physical stores in the UK and Ireland.
It is a daughter company to Sainsbury, a renowned British retailer. Argos trades in apparel, toys, home and garden supplies, sports equipment, electronics, and more.
Argos official website, argos.co.uk hosts approximate traffic of 51.2 Million visits per month.
Asda is the number three UK ecommerce retailer. Though owned by Walmart (a US-based retail giant), Asda has managed to perform remarkably in the UK ecommerce marketplace.
Asda has a superstore that stocks groceries as well as other apparel and home products. Apart from that, Asda also offers financial services and serves as a UK mobile phone provider.
Its official website, asda.com, hosts approximately 25.6 Million visits per month.
Asos, Argos, and Asda are the three UK ecommerce leaders competing for long-established markets like Amazon and eBay. Hopefully, they will grow and increase their footprint in the UK and the global market as a whole.