III. Industry Analysis
[Company Name] competes against small, individually owned brands in the industry and major regional or national chains. The coronavirus pandemic supercharged Etsy’s growth, from $818 million revenue to $1.72 billion over the past three years. Etsy also doubled active buyers in that time period. Last year, the number of active sellers on the Etsy.com platform stood at 4.3 million and the site had 81.9 million active buyers who had bought goods through the platform.
Going forward, the hand-crafted goods market is forecast to reach a value of $448.5 billion in the next five years, registering a CAGR of 10.8%. Moreover, North American hand-crafted goods market reached a value of around $242.4 Billion. With the emergence of online retailing and proliferation of various e-commerce websites, the accessibility to artisanal products has significantly increased. Consumers can now buy artisanal items with the click of their smartphones and have them shipped anywhere in the world. Moreover, social media and the internet have made it more convenient for craftsmen to directly access their target markets.