Walmart and PayPal

Walmart Canada is offering a new payment option for online shopping with PayPal.

"We are proud to be the first Canadian retailer that sells groceries to offer PayPal, making online shopping more accessible for more Canadians," says Alexis Lanternier, executive vice president of eCommerce for Walmart Canada. "PayPal has a long-standing reputation as a safe and trusted payment provider and together, we're helping Canadians shop for the products they need right now."

A survey commissioned by PayPal in early April shows that 30 per cent of Canadians are shopping online for groceries. This marks a 58 per cent jump from a comparable survey conducted just four weeks earlier, before the coronavirus was declared a global pandemic. 

Canadian consumers had already embraced online shopping before the pandemic, as 95 per cent reported in early March that they had made an online purchase.

Before the health crisis, online grocery shopping was less popular, with only 19 per cent reporting engaging in the activity at the time. Now, the most recent survey shows close to one in three Canadians surveyed (30 per cent) are shopping online to buy groceries. That survey also found that since the outbreak, more Canadians have started to shop online for essential items like household supplies (41 per cent increase) and toiletries (33 per cent increase), as well as other items like entertainment, toys and games (18 per cent increase). 

81% say new online shopping habits are here to stay

The new research findings seem to mark a substantial shift in Canadians' shopping behaviours. When asked if their online shopping habits would change in the coming months, the vast majority of respondents (81 per cent) said they anticipate shopping online the same amount or more, and 44 per cent said they expect to increase their online shopping.

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