While an election alone may not be enough to derail consumer spending, there’s another issue that might: shipping and the environment. Based on RetailMeNot research, just over half (51%) of Americans are willing to wait longer for eco-friendly shipping options from retailers like Amazon. But once cost becomes a factor, 70% prefer the lowest price over environmental impact.

Regardless, 81% of Americans expect retailers to offer more expedited shipping options during the holidays in 2020. Exacerbating the situation, 44% of consumers admit they will shop later in the holiday season in 2020 because they know they can receive items faster. Procrastinators will pose a major challenge for many brands as 63% of retailers struggle to keep up with shipping deals offered by their competitors.

Shipping Wars

February 2020