One of the most significant changes in the world that came with the 21st Century is the way people shop. With the rise of the internet, online stores have become increasingly popular. Around 20%, or 1 in 5, global retail sales are now made through online stores. That rate is even higher in many highly developed countries. Here, online stores have surpassed the traditional brick-and-mortar stores in many branches and product categories and are now the absolute most used go-to shopping option.
The popularity of online stores, and online shopping in general, is mainly due to its easiness. With a few clicks, you can choose your desired item from a wide range of different models, products, sizes, and other options and then order from the comfort of your home. The bought item is then getting delivered directly to your home or wherever else you want it. Online stores can either sell their own products and/or offer their store as a marketplace for other sellers, and collect a fee for every listing or item sold. Furthermore, the online store can function as a B2C (Business-to-Consumer) or B2B (Business-to-Business) retail or as a marketplace for C2C (Consumer-to-Consumer) transactions.
Needless to say, the steady increase of online shopping all over the world has turned the global e-commerce market into a multi-billion dollar market. The following ranking lists the Top 10 biggest online stores in the world, based on the global sales the online stores have achieved most recently.
Note: Only actual online stores are counted for the ranking. Convenience stores, supermarkets, hypermarkets, specialty stores, and other types of primarily brick-and-mortar retail businesses are not part of the ranking.
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The 10 Biggest Online Stores in the World
The Top 10 Biggest Online Stores in the World
(as of 2022)
|Top 10 Biggest Online Stores in the World:|
Global online sales: $325.3 billion
Global online sales: $135.9 billion
Global online sales: $76.3 billion
Global online sales: $18.2 billion
Global online sales: $15.7 billion
Global online sales: $12.8 billion
Global online sales: $12.4 billion
Global online sales: $10.8 billion
Global online sales: $10.5 billion
Global online sales: $10.4 billion
The top 10 biggest online stores in the world by global online sales. Only true online stores are counted here that generate at least 90% of their revenue through online sales. Other forms of retail stores (supermarkets, hypermarkets, convenience stores, drug stores, etc.) are disregarded here. Other streams of revenue that the online stores, or the companies behind them, may make are also not regarded for this ranking.