The struggles of brick-and-mortar retailers in 2017 have been well-documented. Iconic brands such as J.C. Penney, Macy's and Sears have all announced store closures this year, and other mall-based retailers such as The Limited, Wet Seal, and American Apparel have gone out of business. Why? A common reason cited is less in-store traffic, the result of more consumers going online to shop. And when you think e-commerce, most consumers think Amazon.com.
With that in mind, Total Retail surveyed its audience on their brick-and-mortar sales over the past years, segmented by B-to-C, B-to-B and hybrid (both B-to-C and B-to-B) retailers. The results, which were featured in the recent Total Retail and IBM report, The Amazon Effect: How Retailers Are Adapting Their Businesses to Better Compete With the Industry Leader, weren't surprising. In particular, B-to-C retailers’ brick-and-mortar sales seem to be most impacted by the growth of Amazon. See the chart below:
For 18 percent of B-to-C respondents, retail store sales have decreased by 5 percent or more during the past two years. Furthermore, an additional 13 percent of B-to-C retailers saw their sales decrease by 1 percent to 5 percent in the same time period. Interestingly, for B-to-B retailers, their brick-and-mortar store sales have actually increased by and large despite the looming threat of consumers opting to buy from Amazon. For these respondents, 21 percent said their sales have increased 5 percent or more over the last two years. And for 18 percent of B-to-B retailers, sales have increased 1 percent to 5 percent.
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