Online shopping includes all kinds of purchasing processes via the Internet. Online retailers offer their products on special platforms (online shops).
The customer selects a certain product with a mouse click and pays electronically. The sector is also known as e-commerce. Popular sales platforms are Amazon, Alibaba, ebay or Zalando.
Following Monday's terror attack in Berlin, the German-based GfK Association for Consumer Research expects some consumers to change their shopping habits and buy more goods online. But analysts don't expect it to have a major impact on the German economy. Berlin could suffer though, because the German capital relies heavily on tourism, especially during the Christmas holiday season.