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A new study from a US-based company suggests the majority of Mexicans shop online.
What to do: Mexican grocery retailer Alimentation’s new research suggests the vast majority of consumers shop online, which could be a result of the nation’s rapid internet growth.
The report, released by Alimentations, suggests nearly half of the country’s households are currently online.
The study was commissioned by the Mexican food industry and is based on a survey of 3,000 consumers.
It was conducted in June 2016, when the Mexican government launched a major effort to crack down on online illegal online shopping, dubbed Operation Urbandale.
The scheme has seen a number of retailers, including the metal supermarket chain Alimentacion, join forces to help crack down online.
“Online retailing is the new normal for Mexicans,” Alimentación president, Alberto Dominguez, said.
“We know that many people are buying things online.
For example, they’re buying shoes online and they’re shopping in supermarkets, or they’re using online shopping services.”
“What’s different is the fact that this is an internet-driven market.
People don’t necessarily know what they’re getting,” he said.
Online shopping has become a big concern in Mexico since the US-controlled country passed new regulations in October 2017 to address online online sales, including a ban on online purchases of drugs and firearms.
While it is illegal for people to buy drugs online, Alimentarios sales director, Carlos Aguilar, said the Mexican consumer was buying “stuff that is not legally available”.
“We believe that if we can take a little bit of a step back, that’s the reason why we are seeing a lot of people buying things on the internet,” he told The Guardian.
“If they’re doing it on the cheap, they can get more money.”
Alimentaries online store is currently only available in the US, with a further expansion to follow.
Mr Aguilar said the company was considering launching a shop in Europe, where it currently has no stores, but said that could take up to a year.
The retailer is also exploring options in other countries, including Australia, which has the largest online retail market in the world.
“Australia is a very popular market,” he added.
“They’re the country where we have the highest number of people coming online.”
Aliments main focus is on the countrys domestic market, where the majority (52 per cent) of the 1,600 people surveyed said they would buy groceries online if they could.
“Our main focus right now is the domestic market.
We’re looking at the domestic food market, but we are also looking at online grocery sales,” Mr Aguiler said.
In 2017, the US and Mexico combined accounted for about one-third of the worlds online retailing market, with the two nations accounting for almost a quarter of the overall market.
In Mexico, Aliments chief executive, Alberto Aguilar has called for a “multi-year strategy to create the future of Mexican grocery”.
He also said that a number plans were in the works to improve the efficiency of the online shopping process.
The Alimentatos plan would see the company launch its own website, store a mobile app and offer an online store to consumers.
The plan also includes an online grocery store, as well as a store to sell organic food and a discount shop for Mexican products.
“Alimentation is committed to being the leader in online grocery shopping and to continue its work to expand online shopping to a new generation of consumers,” Mr Domingues statement said.
‘The internet is the big winner’ Alimentario said the results showed that online shopping was the biggest winner in the Mexican grocery industry, with consumers spending more than $1 billion on goods online in 2016.
The firm’s findings have been backed by a recent study by the OECD, which found that more than one-fifth of Mexicans now shop online at least once a month.
The OECD also found that the online retail sector has increased by nearly 10 per cent in size and revenues.
“What this means for the future is that the growth of online retail will be greater than the growth in physical retail in the country,” Mr Rueda Paz, director of research at the OECDs digital economy department, said in a statement.
“This will help Alimentator achieve its long-term goal of becoming the world’s largest online retailer.”
“Aliments success in growing online shopping in Mexico and other Latin American countries can be attributed to its strong focus on the domestic grocery market,” the OECD said.