The Czech Republic is a leading country regarding e-commerce and its importance to the Czech economy is steadily growing. The number of e-shops per citizen is the highest in Europe. As was the case in many countries, the COVID-19 pandemic caused a significant boost in e-commerce. In the first half of 2020, the turnover of the e-commerce sector increased by nearly one-third. In some cases, the monthly turnover of the e-commerce sector increased by as much as 40% as a result of the pandemic.
In 2020, e-commerce accounted for around 13.5% of total retail turnover. The total turnover of e-commerce reached CZK 196bn (approx. EUR 7.5bn) the same year, which represented a 26% increased on 2019.While electronics is still the predominant commodity of e-commerce (mainly mobile phones), people also purchased groceries, pharmacy products and clothing online. The sale of groceries and clothing via e-commerce platforms increased by 8% and 19% respectively in the last year.
Currently, there are more than 40,000 e-shops in the Czech Republic and the number is rising. Some economists believe that there will be more than 50,000 e-shops within two years.