North Macedonia E-commerce Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022-2027)

The North Macedonia E-commerce Market is Segmented by B2C e-commerce (Beauty and Personal Care, Consumer Electronics, Fashion and Apparel, Food and Beverage, Furniture and Home), and B2B e-commerce.

Market Snapshot

North Macedonia E Commerce Market Size
Study Period: 2020-2027
Base Year: 2021
CAGR: 16 %

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Market Overview

The North Macedonia e-commerce market is witnessing a growth rate of 16% over the forecast period from 2022 to 2027. North Macedonia's eCommerce market is expanding, but it remains small regarding local businesses selling and consumers shopping online. Most E-commerce sales in North Macedonia originate from AliExpress and other foreign websites, particularly from the United Kingdom, Luxembourg, Hungary, the United States, and Ireland. The majority of orders were for consumer goods like clothing and sports equipment. Consumers are price-sensitive, and the price is often the deciding factor in purchasing decisions.

  • In North Macedonia, many domestic buyers lack digital literacy and buy inexpensive knockoffs online, assuming they are authentic. The Customs Administration of North Macedonia is aware of the risk of infringement of intellectual property rights (IPR) in eCommerce. The Customs Administration inspects packages from foreign online retailers and holds IPR infringing goods.
  • Additionally, North Macedonia does not have complete access to cutting-edge payment technologies, particularly for mobile commerce. Several major e-commerce platforms, including Amazon and e-Bay, have barred or restricted purchases originating in North Macedonia. PayPal can only be used to send money in North Macedonia.
  • North Macedonia is no exception to e-rapid commerce's growth, which the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated. According to the Association for E-Annual commerce's Report for North Macedonia for 2020, the value of online transactions increased by 56% in 2020 compared to 2017. According to the same report, the number of internet selling points (or "e-selling points") in North Macedonia expanded to 1,342 in September 2020, up from only 342 in 2018.
  • Moreover, the expanding importance of the e-commerce market has prompted several initiatives by various authorities and organizations, such as the recently launched platform "Ecommerce4all," which is co-funded by the United States Agency for International Development ("USAID"). This platform featured, among other things, the creation of a free instructional web platform that compiles all of the material needed to start and run an e-business.
  • Additionally, the e-commerce association of North Macedonia said that, with the help of the German development agency Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH, it would build a regional portal for e-commerce information in the Central European Free Trade Agreement (CEFTA) countries (GIZ). The regional platform will be a rollout of an e-commerce platform launched in 2020 for the North Macedonian market to other CEFTA nations.
  • The Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated the country's studied market growth. According to a survey carried out by the Macedonian E-commerce Association in its Ecommerce Analysis Report, 37% of shoppers have increased their online purchases since the start of the pandemic. Further, around 20% of the respondents have started using e-government services for the first time. The country is characterized by increasing interest in online channels of shopping.

Scope of the Report

Conducting an e-commerce business means fostering relationships and selling information, services, and goods over computer communication networks. E-commerce usually refers to trading goods and services over the internet, which means broader economic activity. E-commerce consists of B2B and B2C and internal organizational transactions that support these activities.

The study also tracks the key market parameters, underlying growth influencers, and major vendors operating in the industry, which supports the market estimations and growth rates over the forecast period in North Macedonia. The study further analyzes the overall impact of Covid-19 on the ecosystem. The scope of the report encompasses market sizing and forecast for segmentation by B2B and B2C, in which the B2C channel is further segmented by application.

By B2C E-Commerce
Market size (GMV) for the period of 2017-2027
Market Segmentation - By Application
Beauty & Personal Care
Consumer Electronics
Fashion & Apparel
Food & Beverage
Furniture & Home
Others (Toys, DIY, Media, etc.)
By B2B E-Commerce
Market size for the period of 2017-2027

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Key Market Trends

Wide Availability of Internet will Boost the Demand for E-commerce

  • Internet and wi-fi are widely available in restaurants, cafes, hotels, and hostels, although free wi-fi is not always advertised in food and drink venues. Some hotels have computers in common areas. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) sponsored the 'Macedonian Connects' project, which helped to make North Macedonia the first all-broadband wireless country in the world.
  • Even in remote mountain towns where residents do not have phones, a wireless connection is available to a significant percentage of the population. According to the CIA World Factbook, North Macedonia is ranked 92nd in terms of internet hosts and 79th in terms of fixed internet broadband subscriptions.
  • In 2020, 71% of internet users in North Macedonia utilized the internet at least once a day, according to a European survey on information and communication technologies by Eurostat. However, North Macedonia had a much lower number of daily internet users than other European countries.
  • The percentage of individuals in North Macedonia who use the internet daily was lower than the EU-27 average of 80% in 2020. The overall share of households in North Macedonia with internet access was similar to that in neighboring countries like Greece and Bulgaria. However, even after low internet usage, there is a high availability of wi-fi and internet in the country that will enable the demand for E-commerce.
  • There are also no official limits on internet use, but new concerns include privacy, fake news, and hate speech. By market share, Google was the most popular search engine in the country, followed by Yahoo and Bing. Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Opera, Samsung Internet, and Internet Explorer were popular browsers. Furthermore, the US Agency for International Development (USAID) funded the 'Macedonian Connects' project, which enabled North Macedonia to become the world's first all-broadband wireless country.
North Macedonia E Commerce Market Trends

Fashion and Apparel sector is anticipated to drive the E-commerce growth in the country

  • According to Invest North Macedonia, the textile industry is the country's second-largest industrial sector after metallurgy. It is one of the most developed and varied industries in industrial production, employment, and export revenues. The textile and garment industry accounts for 17% of the overall industrial GDP and 14% of total country exports. This element will also increase demand for the Textile sector in the E-commerce business.
  • Another benefit is that locals have a positive reputation in the global market. Companies from the country have long been recognized for their quality and professionalism in the EU and US markets. The industry is also known for its high flexibility and willingness to adapt to the needs of international markets. Such considerations will provide local firms an advantage in selling their products online within the EU.
  • Proximity to EU markets and well-established transport and logistics networks. North Macedonia is home to most of the major European transportation companies' privately owned trucks and warehouses.
  • Furthermore, Macedonian e-shoppers prefer to buy apparel and sports equipment online, according to the Macedonian E-Commerce Association. In 2020, approximately 40.1% of consumers made online purchases, with the majority of consumers purchasing clothing and other garments.
North Macedonia E Commerce Market Analysis

Competitive Landscape

In North Macedonia, AliExpress and other foreign websites accounted for around 80% of all online purchases in 2020, according to the International Trade Administration. The majority of orders were for consumer goods like clothing and sports equipment. However, eBay is utilized for specific requirements on a much lesser scale. Orthodox Christmas, Orthodox Easter, and Ramadan are the three major consumer shopping holidays in North Macedonia.

  • May 2021 - Payten, part of the software company Asseco, has acquired North Macedonia’s leading e-commerce platform Grouper. Payten has acquired a 100% stake in Grouper as part of a strategy to expand the company’s portfolio with trading solutions. With Grouper in its ranks, the company enriches its offer for all retailers and promotes Payten e-commerce solutions.

Recent Development

  • April 2022 - H&M keeps expanding into new markets. Its first shop in Cambodia is now a franchise, and it expects to begin trading and selling online in Ecuador, Kosovo, and North Macedonia later this year, as well as selling through franchisees in Costa Rica and Guatemala. It will open its first store in Albania in 2023.

Table of Contents

  1. 1. INTRODUCTION

    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study

  2. 2. RESEARCH METHODOLOGY

  3. 3. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

  4. 4. MARKET INSIGHTS

    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Industry Attractiveness-Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.2.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      2. 4.2.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      3. 4.2.3 Threat of New Entrants

      4. 4.2.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.2.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry

    3. 4.3 Key market trends and share of E-Commerce of Total Retail sector

    4. 4.4 Impact of COVID-19 on the E-Commerce sales

  5. 5. MARKET DYNAMICS

    1. 5.1 Market Drivers

      1. 5.1.1 Mobile e-commerce to be the fastest-growing retailing channel due to proliferation of mobile apps and convenience

      2. 5.1.2 Retailers develop mobile-friendly strategies to attract young and tech-savvy consumers

    2. 5.2 Market Challenges

      1. 5.2.1 North Macedonia lacks full access to innovative payment systems

    3. 5.3 Analysis of key demographic trends and patterns related to the E-Commerce industry in North Macedonia (Coverage to include Population, Internet Penetration, E-CommercePenetration, Age & Income etc.)

    4. 5.4 Analysis of the key modes of transaction in the E-Commerce industry in North Macedonia (coverage to include prevalent modes of payment such as cash, card, bank transfer, wallets, etc.)

    5. 5.5 Analysis of cross-border E-Commerce industry in North Macedonia (Current market value of cross-border & key trends)

    6. 5.6 Current positioning of North Macedonia in the E-Commerce Industry in the Region

  6. 6. MARKET SEGMENTATION

    1. 6.1 By B2C E-Commerce

      1. 6.1.1 Market size (GMV) for the period of 2017-2027

      2. 6.1.2 Market Segmentation - By Application

        1. 6.1.2.1 Beauty & Personal Care

        2. 6.1.2.2 Consumer Electronics

        3. 6.1.2.3 Fashion & Apparel

        4. 6.1.2.4 Food & Beverage

        5. 6.1.2.5 Furniture & Home

        6. 6.1.2.6 Others (Toys, DIY, Media, etc.)

    2. 6.2 By B2B E-Commerce

      1. 6.2.1 Market size for the period of 2017-2027

  7. 7. COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

    1. 7.1 Company Profiles

      1. 7.1.1 Setec.mk

      2. 7.1.2 Anhoch.mk

      3. 7.1.3 Neptun.mk

      4. 7.1.4 AliExpress (Alibaba Group)

      5. 7.1.5 Grouper.mk

      6. 7.1.6 Pazar3.mk

      7. 7.1.7 Kupujem Prodajem

      8. 7.1.8 eBay Inc.

      9. 7.1.9 Amazon.com, Inc.

    2. *List Not Exhaustive
  8. 8. INVESTMENT ANALYSIS

  9. 9. FUTURE OUTLOOK OF THE MARKET

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Frequently Asked Questions

The North Macedonia E-commerce Market market is studied from 2020 - 2027.

The North Macedonia E-commerce Market is growing at a CAGR of 16% over the next 5 years.

Setec, Anhoch, Neptun, Ali Express, Grouper are the major companies operating in North Macedonia E-commerce Market.

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