What the 50 top online retailers charge for shipping

The University of Europe of Applied Science investigated the shipping and return expenses of Germany's 50 top online businesses over the holiday season. According to the report, the average cost of shipping an order is 5.14 euros. Furthermore, 78 percent of returns are free of charge.

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According to a Bitkom poll, three-quarters of Germans buy their gifts online to avoid busy shopping areas and lengthy lines at department store checkouts. The University of Europe for Applied Science researched if internet purchasing costs more because of returns and delivery charges: Shipping costs an average of 5.14 euros in the 50 top online businesses, according to an analysis of the 50 online stores with the highest turnover. However, after the minimum order amount is met, more than half of the establishments do not charge customers any further fees.

Shipping expenses are charged by 94% of online businesses.
Although internet purchasing saves time and, especially during the holiday season, nerves, buyers must pay delivery expenses at 94 percent of the online retailers examined. Only Apple, Home24, and Kaufland provide free shipping regardless of order value. Within Germany, shipping expenses average between 5.14 euros and range between 2.95 euros and 12.95 euros.

It's worthwhile: if you buy a large number of things or more expensive items, 54 percent of online businesses will waive shipping charges. The minimum order value for online pharmacies Doc Morris and Shop-Apotheke is 19 euros. Fashion retailers such as AboutYou and H&M are in the middle at little under 30 euros, while delivery is only free on orders of 500 euros or more at Wayfair, Edelmetall, and GoldSilberShop. It might cost up to 2,000 euros at Reuter, a specialty shop for bathrooms and sanitary items.

If you don't like your gift, you can return it for free in 78% of circumstances.
If the present must be returned for whatever reason, 78% of online businesses provide free returns. Most suppliers either include the return label in the shipment or have it provided by customer service. However, only members of H&M and Nike receive free return shipping; at Wayfair, Limango, and Edelmetall, the customer is always responsible for the charges.

"Online shopping has been a part of our daily lives for many years, and it can save us time and nerves, especially during the holiday season." Consumers should, however, determine in advance which circumstances they will pay shipping and return expenses. Because if you aren't attentive and purchase the wrong item, you will wind yourself paying twice. Although the majority of firms charge shipping fees, the corporation bears 78% of the return costsb.

This is a tremendous benefit for customers, but it raises concerns about sustainability since it encourages wasteful purchase. Online merchants, on the other hand, face intense rivalry and must behave in accordance with the market and competitive environment," explains Ebbo Tücking, Head of Business Management Studies and Dual Study Programs in Business Administration & E-Commerce at the University of Europe for Applied Science.

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