Baby boomers are buying into online shopping

Andrew M. Santos

Early in the pandemic, armed with step-by-step instructions, Joseph Clay committed to buying absolutely everything online.

Texas toast, blueberry waffles and diet root beer are repeat orders, spliced with the occasional addition: skull-shaped bookends, slippers for his partner and one overnight purchase to placate an aching tooth. He gladly shelled out $17.21 for a tube of Anbesol, an over-the-counter pain relieving gel, which Amazon got to him before dawn.

“My youngest daughter shops online constantly, so I called her up and said, ‘Hey, this online shopping thing — how does it work?'” said Clay, 60, a retired engineer in Nashville. “She gave me a quick rundown, and it just blew me out of the water.”

The coronavirus pandemic has reshaped habits and behaviors of even the most resolute shoppers as social distancing became a key line of defense against infection. But one of the most significant and unexpected shifts, experts

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Shopping online? Here’s what you should know about user reviews — ScienceDaily

Andrew M. Santos

If you’re about to buy something online and its only customer review is negative, you’d probably reconsider the purchase, right? It turns out a product’s first review can have an outsized effect on the item’s future — it can even cause the product to fail.

Shoppers, retailers and manufacturers alike feel the effects of customer reviews. Researchers at the University of Florida’s Warrington College of Business looked at the influence of the first review after noticing the exact same products getting positive reviews on one retailer’s website but negative reviews on others, said Sungsik Park, Ph.D., who studied the phenomenon as a doctoral student at UF.

“Why would a product receive a 4.7-star rating with 100 reviews on Amazon, but only four or five reviews with a two-star rating Walmart or BestBuy?” Park wondered.

To find out, Park — now an assistant professor at the Darla Moore School of Business

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Paypal profit surges as it cashes in on online shopping boom

Andrew M. Santos


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Paypal posted a surge in profit in the fourth quarter as the Covid-19 pandemic sparked a sharp rise in online shopping.

The payments processor posted net profit of $1.6bn (£1.2bn) for the last three months of 2020, up 209 per cent on the same period the year before.

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It came on revenue of $6.1bn, which grew by almost a quarter over the period.

The figures capped off a record year for Paypal, which has cashed in on a shift to online purchases as people were forced to stay at home during the pandemic.

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The California-based firm said it recorded its strongest ever performance in 2020, with total payment volumes topping $936bn, while

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Global Online Shopping Market 2020 Key Stakeholders, Subcomponent Manufacturers, Industry Association and Key Drivers Analysis to 2025

Andrew M. Santos

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Feb 02, 2021 (CDN Newswire via Comtex) —
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