eCommerce has ushered in an era of change in shopping and consumer habits. The market is growing rapidly since consumers now understand how convenient online shopping can be.
Talking specifically about the United States, the market will reach $875B by 2022, with a big contribution from the home improvement niche. Here are a few top eCommerce companies in the home and garden sector in the US.
Founders: Bernie Marcus and Arthur Blank
Year Founded: 1978
Location: Atlanta, Georgia, US
The Home Depot's Monthly Unique Visitors: 11,066,438
The Home Depot's Order Volume: >50,000
The Home Depot's Web Sales: >$5B
The Home Depot, the largest home improvement retailer in the US, was founded with a view to becoming a one-stop shop for everything home. It sells everything you need for your home and garden— tools and hardware, painting, plumbing, lighting and fixtures, electrical supplies and services, flooring, home improvement items, and much more.
Founders: Niraj Shah and Steve Conine
Year Founded: 2002
Location: Boston, Massachusettes, US
Wayfair's Monthly Unique Visitors: 7,556,840
Wayfair's Order Volume: >50,000
Wayfair's Web Sales: >$5B
Wayfair has made quite the news for being a young company to be counted amongst the top runners in the home and garden niche. It was founded to provide consumers with home-delivered furniture and home improvement goods, such as bedding and bath linen, home and outdoor lighting solutions, furniture and rugs, etc., all under one roof and at unbelievably affordable prices.
Founder: Lucius Smith Lowe
Year Founded: 1921
Location: Mooresville, North Carolina, US
Lowe's Monthly Unique Visitors: 7,631,738
Lowe's Order Volume: >50,000
Lowe's Web Sales: >$5B
Lowe's is a chain of world-famous hardware stores. L.S. Lowe wanted to create a singular shopping point for anything people would need to improve their homes and gardens. This store has since diversified to offer its consumers a wider range of home improvement products, such as building supplies, power equipment, plumbing, hardware, electrical tools, etc. It also offers themed goods targeted at home improvement, for instance, summer specials.
Founders: Warren Eisenberg and Leonard Feinstein
Year Founded: 1971
Location: Union, New Jersey, US
Bed, Bath & Beyond's Monthly Unique Visitors: 2,847,132
Bed, Bath & Beyond's Order Volume: >50,000
Bed, Bath & Beyond's Web Sales: $1B-$5B
Bed, Bath & Beyond is an eCommerce retailer found on Fortune 500 and Forbes Global 2000 lists. It began as a specialty chain of premium bath linen and soaps and has now expanded to an umbrella store where you can buy anything "home," such as storage and cleaning supplies, furniture, luggage, pet supplies, and other household items.
Founder: James Cash Penney
Year Founded: 1902
Location: Plano, Texas, US
JC Penney's Monthly Unique Visitors: 2,434,933
JC Penney's Order Volume: >50,000
JC Penney's Web Sales: $1B-$5B
JCPenney is a well-known name in the top online stores in the home and garden category in the US. The store is a jack of all trades, offering products in apparel, furnishing, cosmetics, jewelry, and more. It has expanded to offer a dedicated line for home improvement as well.
Founders: David Quayle and Richard Block
Year Founded: 1969
Location: Chandler's Ford, Hampshire, US
B&Q's Monthly Unique Visitors: 1,744,251
B&Q's Order Volume: 10,000-50,000
B&Q's Web Sales: $250M-$500M
B&Q Ltd emerged when David and Richard came together to establish a store with products that would allow people to do everything themselves. Thus, a unique eCommerce store was born that was all about DIY.
Since then, the eCommerce store has been home to all the supplies you need for home and garden improvement projects, like sheet material, bespoke worktops, tools and equipment, electrical and electronic components, and much more.
Founder: Eric Favre
Year Founded: 1986
Location: Austin, Texas, US
Nespresso's Monthly Unique Visitors: 2,046,372
Nespresso's Order Volume: >50,000
Nespresso's Web Sales: $500M-$1B
Nespresso is a unit of Nescafe that deals in selling quality coffee machines at cost. These machines work by shooting high-pressure water jets through tightly compressed coffee (which is how authentic espresso is made). Nespresso's monetization model, thus, primarily focuses on offering premium coffee ampoules (containers of compressed coffee) for these machines.
Founders: Christian Friedland and David Boctor
Year Founded: 2000
Location: Chico, California, US
Build's Monthly Unique Visitors: 1,858,895
Build's Order Volume: >50,000
Build's Web Sales: $1B-$5B
Build is a popular eCommerce brand that sells bathroom, kitchen, and lighting hardware in addition to various household appliances. This makes it a great destination to shop for interior-specific items specially curated for certain spaces. Considering that this store is still young, its numbers are quite promising.
Founder: Williams-Sonoma Inc.
Year Founded: 2002
Location: Brooklyn, New York, US
West Elm's Monthly Unique Visitors: 1,634,410
West Elm's Order Volume: >50,000
West Elm's Web Sales: $1B-$5B
West Elm is an eCommerce retail chain that has won the consumers’ hearts by offering an extensive range of modern home improvement solutions, like contemporary patio sets, bathroom storage and organization solutions, wall art, and more. According to news, Williams-Sonoma considers this retail chain as their most profitable. Williams-Sonoma Inc. also owns Pottery Barn, another furniture retail chain featured in the famous sitcom "Friends."
Founders: Gordon and Carole Segal
Year Founded: 1962
Location: Northbrook, Illinois, US
Crate & Barrel's Monthly Unique Visitors: 2,073,386
Crate & Barrel's Order Volume: >50,000
Crate & Barrel's Web Sales: $500M-$1B
Crate and Barrel is a houseware, furniture, and home accessories online store that has been around since the 1960s. It still goes strong even today, owing to its wide range of home and garden improvement products. The store also offers themed products that emphasize the most popular items from the hot-selling lists.
With the advent of technological conveniences, consumers have accepted home and garden eCommerce companies as their one-stop destination to shop for products and supplies. As a response, the home and garden niche in the eCommerce sector has grown leaps and bounds, bringing more products on offer for the consumers.
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