Online festival sales to clock GMV of $9 billion: RedSeer

Our Bureau Bengaluru | Updated on September 23, 2021

Tier 2 cities will continue to drive growth as they are 55-60 per cent of the total shopper base this year

This year’s festive sales are expected to grow 22 per cent y-o-y to touch about $9 billion gross GMV during the whole festive month, according to consulting firm RedSeer’s latest E-commerce Festive Season Report.

Last year, the players clocked a GMV of $7.4 billion during the festive season. The growth will mostly be driven by the accelerated online adoption which has been witnessed as an effect of Covid-19. Secondly, Tier 2+ will continue to drive growth as they are 55-60 per cent of the total shopper base this year, against 57 per cent in 2020 festive days.

On the other hand, as offline retail and mobility is recovering almost up to pre-covid levels, this will impact the online festive sale as customers may opt for offline shopping as well. Further, categories have been evolving differently during these months which will see an impact as well.

While mobile will continue to dominate driven by new launches, electronics are expected to see the second highest demand driven by the wide range of selection, easy payment options including EMIs and Buy Now Pay Later among other factors. Additionally, fashion is also expected to see a steady recovery this festive season with greater outdoor mobility of consumers and steady rebound of fashion and office wear.

The report finds that the sellers are very bullish and are looking to recover the losses suffered due to Covid. Nearly 80 per cent of the sellers agree that festive sales will play a key role in recovery, while 70 per cent agreed that the bigger online players have been supportive and positive which led up to the sales event.

The overall online GMV is expected to touch $49-52 billion which is around 37 per cent growth from last year primarily driven by strong consumer funnel expansion and the high adoption of online shopping post-covid across the categories.

“We believe that the 2021 online festive sales will continue to ride on strong tailwinds of greater consumer digital adoption supported by an increasingly positive macro and consumption sentiment post the Covid second wave. At the same time, we see strong bullishness in sellers towards online festive sales as nearly 80 per cent of them believe of showing strong sales growth and make up for the losses during Covid period,” said Mrigank Gutgutia, associate partner at RedSeer.

Published on September 23, 2021

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