Your abandoned shopping cart is costing e-commerce players $10bn yearly

Cart abandonment by online shoppers in India is resulting is a revenue opportunity loss for ecommerce platforms, amounting to a whopping $10bn per year, says report.

By Digit NewsDesk Published Date
10 - Nov - 2015
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10 - Nov - 2015
Your abandoned shopping cart is costing e-commerce players $10bn...

Octane Research has released a report which states that online shoppers leave their carts and abandon their shopping experience, resulting in revenue opportunity loss for Indian ecommerce players like Flipkart, Amazon, Snapdeal and more. This study titled, ‘Understanding India’s Shopping Cart Abandonment 2015-16’provides insights, strategies and recommendations for India marketers to earn back the lost revenues in abandoned shopping carts. According to the report, the rate of Cart Abandonment in India is 51%, as reported by the India Marketers. While 34% of the e-Commerce websites deploy a Cart Abandonment Program while 66% have still not considered this route to earn back the lost revenue.

Consumers’ View reported that Home Furnishing and Gifting have the highest rate of deployment of Cart Abandonment Program (CAP). 50% of India Consumers voted ‘Shipping and handling costs listed too late’ in the check-out process as the No.1 reason for cart abandonment. A whopping 78% India Marketers employ ‘Re-Marketing Campaigns’ to nurture leads and convert consumers’ interests into revenues. 69% of India retailers provide incentives such as Discounts, Offers and Coupons to draw in consumers as a part of Consumer Re-engagement activities.

Approximately $4 trillion worth of merchandise will be abandoned in online shopping carts in 2015 globally, and about 63% of that is potentially recoverable by savvy online retailers. This research in India has been conducted and analyzed from two perspectives: Marketers’ View, in which viewpoints of 33 e-Commerce Marketers’ on Cart Abandonment have been included and Consumers’ View, in which the effectiveness of Cart Abandonment Programs across 115+ e-Commerce portals has been evaluated. This approach has been crucial in identifying the touchpoints where India Marketers’ current Cart Abandonment Programs fail to engage with consumers.

Commenting on the release of this Annual Industry Report, Punit Modhgil, Director  & Co-founder, Octane Marketing ( said, “There is a tremendous opportunity for India e-Commerce to boost the revenue impact of their marketing efforts by focussing on improving shopping cart conversion rates. We find that email based shopping cart Re-Engagement Programs are being preferred by marketers and consumers alike.”

Source: PTI


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