E-commerce Acceleration

It may not come as a surprise that e-commerce is up in 2020.  Pandemic-related safety precautions and stay-at-home orders  ha ve  forced a lot of business online  over the last few months . The newest numbers from the Ce nsus Bureau give a picture of just how extensive that shift  has been  in the U nited States .  Take a look  at this chart from the  Census’  most recent  quarterly  report   on e-commerce in the retail sector : Image Description: A chart titled   ‘ Estimated Quarterly U.S. Retail E-commerce Sales as a Percent of Total Quarterly Retail Sales:  1 st  Quarter 2011 to 2 nd  Quarter 2020 ’ . The chart shows a steady rise i n  the  share of e-commerce sales  from under five percent in 2011 to  just under twelve percent in the first quarter of 2020, followed by a rapid spike to  over fifteen percent in the second quarter of 2020.     Look at that spike in  the second quarter of 2020!   E-commerce’s share of total retail sales steadily grew from under five percent in 2011 to