Online shopping is now a norm in Canada. People have grown accustomed to the ease, speed, and security that shopping on the internet offers. In 2022 alone, there were over 27 million e-commerce users in Canada, which accounts for 75 per cent of the Canadian population. These numbers are expected to grow even more by 2025.
E-commerce not only makes shopping a whole lot easier, but also makes it incredibly simple to start your own business and sell products to consumers across the country. If you have your own e-commerce business, investing in the right e-commerce insurance can help you meet the demands of the online marketplace, while protecting your data and reputation.
What are the benefits of having e-commerce insurance?
Many e-commerce sellers operate their businesses out of their own home, and they may think that they will be protected under their home insurance policy. Unfortunately, this is not the case, as your home insurance policy is likely missing key coverages you need to protect your business and its assets, or it excludes business operations /business asset ownership entirely. Common risks and scenarios business owners like you may face, include but are not limited to the following:
- Your business inventory and/or equipment is damaged by an insured peril, or is stolen from your business premises.
- Your business suffers a loss of income after damages due to a fire, as you must shut down your premises and operations temporarily.
- A customer files a lawsuit against you claiming your business was responsible for causing them to suffer a bodily injury.
- A customer files a lawsuit against your business claiming that one of your products was responsible for causing them to suffer a bodily injury.
What are some situations that e-commerce insurance can protect me against?
Investing in e-commerce insurance coverage might not be at the top of your to-do list, but there are a few good reasons to make it a priority for your business. Here are just a few examples of situations that could affect you if you do not have insurance:
- Your customer’s data is stolen and you’re responsible for paying recovery expenses
You’ve invested in cyber security to help keep sensitive data from falling into the wrong hands – unfortunately, hackers can find ways to breach these measures. Insurance can help mitigate expenses that result from a cyber-attack.
- Your product has injured a customer or damaged their property and you’re now facing a lawsuit
Whether your product is misused, mishandled, or even handled appropriately by a customer, it can cause bodily injury or property damage. Protect your business with the right insurance, and cover legal costs associated with such a lawsuit.
- Your customer sues you for a loss related to work you produced
If you provide a professional service (such as an IT consultant, graphic designer, photographer, management consultant, etc.), the work you do or the work you neglect to do, can put you at risk if a client believes they have suffered a loss because of an error or an omission in the work you provided. In the event of a professional liability lawsuit, insurance can help cover these costs.
Protect your e-commerce business today!
As an e-commerce business, you work to provide a fast and secure online shopping experience. However, running an online shop comes with its own unique set of risks. A good insurance policy adds value to your business’ risk management plan. To learn more about how a tailored policy can help protect you and your bottom line, visit our E-commerce Insurance page today.
This blog is provided for information only and is not a substitute for professional advice. We make no representations or warranties regarding the accuracy or completeness of the information and will not be responsible for any loss arising out of reliance on the information.