More Poles buying online amid epidemic - study

Every sixth Pole is making online purchases amid the coronavirus pandemic and e-shopping is gaining popularity, primarily among the inhabitants of large cities, according to a study prepared by Santander Consumer Bank (SCB).

The latest report by Santander Consumer Bank (SCB), "An Exceptional Summer on a Polish Budget," shows that every sixth Pole declared that online purchases were more frequent than before the pandemic (16.3 percent). Over 4.3 percent of the people also said they ordered grocery shopping with home delivery.

The study showed that the increased interest in e-shopping was reported especially among the youngest respondents, aged 18-29, but also among people between the ages of 30 and 50.

According to the SCB study, e-shopping was most popular among the inhabitants of larger agglomerations, as pointed out by 27 percent of respondents from Katowice, Wroclaw and Gdansk, and as indicated by percent 26 percent of those polled from metropolitan cities such as Warsaw, Lodz and Krakow.

SCB said that the option of online shopping was indicated by 17 percent of village inhabitants and by 9 percent of people living in medium-sized cities.

The authors of the report also said that despite the lifting of some restrictions, such as the number of customers in stationary stores, the fear of coronavirus caused Poles to readily adapt to the new sanitary regime.