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/imec.digimeter 2018/E-commerce, Sharing Economy & Makers

E-commerce, Sharing Economy & Makers

E-commerce well established;
Sharing economy and maker movement yet to capitalize their potential

Increasing numbers of Flemings admit to buying goods online. It also appears that most people in Flanders believe in the benefits of online shopping.

Most Flemings are either positive or neutral about the sharing economy. Only a minority say they feel negatively about it. The biggest barrier is the value that individuals attach to owning things. The main plus points about the sharing economy are that sharing is good for the environment, that it makes life easier and more efficient and is also cheaper than owning everything. But this positive attitude does not necessarily lead to frequent use of sharing platforms.

Approximately one in eight Flemings describe themselves as a “maker”. Certainly DIY electronics (such as Arduino or Raspberry Pi) or IoT toolkits are used frequently by makers. 3D printers are used less often on a regular basis. A limited number of makers say that they have taken part several times in hackathons or have visited a ‘makerspace’.

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Eva Steenberghs