Artificial intelligence brings online shops sales increases of 11 percent and more

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A study by FactFinder shows the importance of AI in European e-commerce in 2023. In the areas of search, merchandising and personalisation, the use of the new technology leads to the largest increases in sales for webshops on average.

On 11/30/2022, OpenAI ChatGPT casually launched with a Twitter post (now X) from Sam Altman. Five days later, the tool already had more than 1 million users, making it one of the fastest-growing online platforms. This sparked an unprecedented AI arms race across many industries. Online retailers in particular are not unaffected by the upheavals brought about by the new technology.

But how do e-commerce decision-makers in Europe assess the situation themselves and how much budget do they invest in AI? To find out, FactFinder surveyed 300 of them about the current use of AI in their company. The results of the survey are now available, summarised in a 20-page trend report. The report provides exciting insights into the current state, impact, investments and trends in the European e-commerce landscape. The results of the study are intended to serve as a basis for retailers' future business decisions.

Key findings include:

  • Investment in AI is increasing despite economic headwinds.
  • 86% of e-commerce decision-makers want to increase their AI investments compared to the previous year.
  • 76% of decision-makers have achieved an increase in revenue of 11% or more through the use of AI.
  • The use of AI in merchandising, search, and personalisation leads to the largest increases in sales for online stores on average.
  • With advances in Large Language Models (LLM), it is likely that AI will make its way into the entire e-commerce value chain – from customer acquisition to fulfilment.
  • 62% of decision-makers believe that AI will increase the size of their e-commerce teams, not shrink them.
  • The top three areas where AI has improved outcomes in e-commerce are: (1) Customer Support, (2) Search & Recommendations, (3) Automation.

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