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Online hardware and home improvement sales grow 23%

The online hardware and home improvement industry grew 23.3% to $40.26 billion in 2017. Total retail sales in the category, which include sales online, in stores and via catalogs, grew 7.1% to $435.41 billion in 2017. E-commerce represented 9.2% of total hardware and home improvement retail sales in 2017, up from 8.0% last year.

Fastest-growing e-commerce startups

An analysis of 72 newcomers to e-commerce showed that these 10 retailers grew their web sales at a high rate of growth—many above 300% year over year—in 2017.

Market overview: Online hardware and home improvement category

An analysis of the 150 largest hardware and home improvement retailers shows the market grew 23% in 2017 to $40.26 billion. E-commerce now accounts for 9.2% of total retail sales in the category, up from 3.9% in 2012. Here's an in-depth analysis of the state of the market and how the economic environment, such as new home sales and construction starts, will impact the hardware and home improvement industry in the coming years.

Online luxury sales projected to grow 21% in 2018

Retailers are taking note that more consumers are willing to pay for high-end luxury goods online. E-commerce sales of luxury goods are set to hit $33.9 billion, up from $27.9 billion a year ago. Here's a snapshot of the online luxury market over the last couple years.

A breakdown of Walmart's e-commerce acquisitions

In an effort to quickly grow its e-commerce business and acquire top e-commerce personnel talent, Walmart Inc. has been on an acquisition spree the last couple years. Since August 2016, Walmart has acquired 7 online retailers, including women's apparel brands Eloquii and Bare Necessities in October of this year. Here's who else Walmart has acquired, the value of the deals and e-commerce stats, such as shopper demographics, of each acquired retailer.

Data behind e-commerce food leaders

The online food industry grew 26.5% in 2017, nearly nine times faster than the 3% growth of total food sales in the U.S. While the e-commerce market for food and grocery is growing fast, 2017 online sales were $31.39 billion, a fraction of the $1.0 trillion U.S. food industry.

Retail categories with high mobile traffic

Automotive parts and accessories retailers get roughly 60% of site traffic from mobile devices, the highest among all retail categories tracked by Internet Retailer. The high mobile traffic may be because shoppers are comparison shopping while they're in a store or auto shop. On the other hand, office supplies retailers get the least share from mobile devices at 27%. This may be because consumers don't browse around as much for office supplies, and because they purchase these products when it's top-of-mind, such as back-to-school season or when they're in their offices (near a desktop).