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Online shopping in Malaysia

PicodiMarch 15, 2019

Interesting facts about the shopping habits of Malaysian internet users

Although there is no denying that online shopping has brought much convenience to people’s lives, the issue poses a great challenge for retailers as there is a number of points to consider. What kind of devices do Malaysians use to shop online? How much money do they spend? How does the shopping activity change across the year? Is online shopping more popular among men or women? To look for answers, Picodi.com analysed last year’s data and presented the results in this report.

Smartphones far behind

Although mobile commerce is booming globally, it turns out Malaysians still prefer desktops over smartphones. According to our internal data, 1 out of 3 transactions was made with the use of a mobile device last year.

When Malaysians did shopping with the use of a phone, the average order value was RM314. It’s about RM30 more than when using desktops (RM284) and RM25 less than when using tablets (RM339). iOS users tend to spend more than Android users —RM361 vs RM311 on average.

The important question is who shops online more — men or women? Our data shows that there were more purchases made by Malaysian women than those made by men, 58% and 42% respectively.

Unsurprisingly, it’s the young generation that prefers online shopping. More than half of all online shoppers (51%) are people between the ages of 25 and 34. They’re followed by people aged 18-24 (24%) and 35-44% (15%). The remaining 10% are consumers who are over 45 years old.

Shopping habits of Malaysian internet users

Busy end of the year

According to our research, the average order value of a Malaysianshopper is the highest in June(RM440), followed by May and March (RM366 and RM337 accordingly).

Compared to that, the average order value of a moderate RM293 in November might come as a surprise. After all, that’s when Black Friday and 11.11 take place. The answer is rather easy. Even though their baskets are smaller during that time, Malaysians shop in a number of different online stores and place more orders. So if you look at the shopping activity, it turns out November has the highest number of transactions — 11.4% of all the transactions made during the year.

The second busiest month when it comes to the number of transactions was December (10.2%), followed by March and April (both 9.3%). The lowest number of transactions was noted in September (6.5%) with the average order value amounting to RM297.

If we look at the activity of Malaysian consumers across the week, it turns out that mobile users are the most active towards the end of the week — Thursday to Friday. On the other hand, shopping on computers is preferred on Monday. Malaysians definitely prefer to shop in the evenings: the peak of sales occurs between 6 PM and 12 AM.

The most popular categories for online shopping among Malaysians were: food on delivery, travel, clothing, cosmetics and sports.

Online shoppers around the world

How people around the world shop online?

We analysed data from 35 countries and compared the devices people use to shop online and the average order value. Malaysia, with 31% of orders made on mobile devices, is among the countries where desktop shopping takes the lead.

Peru tops the ranking with 76% of online purchases made with the use of smartphones. Close behind are Nigeria and Thailand (62% and 56%). Among the countries that fall behind Malaysia are Hong Kong and Australia (23% and 22% respectively).

When it comes to the average order value, Malaysians with their US$72 (RM294) rank lower than the world’s average, which is US$79. Emiratis spent the most money per order — astonishing US$218. And it looks like Hungarians and Turks don’t like to spend a lot in one go. They are at the bottom of the ranking with US$32 and US$38 respectively.

Online shopping in numbers:

  • 1 out of 3 transactions was made on a mobile device last year,
  • there were more purchases made by women than by men (53% vs 47%),
  • more than half of all online shoppers (51%) are people between the ages of 25 and 34,
  • the average order value in Malaysia is the highest in June (RM440),
  • the highest number of transactions was noted in November — 11.4% of all annual transactions,
  • food delivery, travel and fashion are the top 3 categories for online shopping

Methodology

This report uses the internal data of a global e-commerce platform Picodi.com for 2018. For currency conversion, we used the average exchange rate for March 2019.

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