Retailers offering ‘insperiences’ have created an average of 15 new job roles each since the beginning of lockdown.
High Street queen Mary Portas praised the “ingenuity, adaptability and creativity” of Britain’s retailers.
She said: “The coronavirus pandemic has accelerated a new era of shopping and living.
“Now more than ever, people want to enjoy the experiences they’ve always been given, but from the comfort of their own homes.
“Retailers that enable ‘insperiences’ will continue to thrive, even as we emerge from lockdown and enter the ‘new normal’.
“There’s no escaping the fact that we’re facing the biggest economic challenge in living memory and experiencing a recession more serious than we’ve seen before.
“If businesses can celebrate anything from the past three months, it’s their ingenuity, adaptability and creativity, which have created a much-needed lifeline as they navigate these challenges.”
The top reasons shoppers enjoy ‘insperiences’ include that they are fun (27 per cent), novel (26 per cent), and that they can manage their time more efficiently (31 per cent).
As such, 39 per cent now intend to work out at home more even after gyms have reopened, and 28 per cent say they will continue having digital drinks once pubs and bars return.
Kirsty Morris from Barclaycard Payments, said: “Lockdown has undoubtedly been challenging for retailers, but it’s promising to see how many have been quick to cater their product lines to consumers looking for entertainment and personalised products while at home.
“Over the past few months we’ve helped many of our merchant customers transition to take advantage of the insperience economy by setting them up to start taking online payments, which is testament to their agility as they’ve adapted to the ‘new normal’.
“With more businesses now online, we expect the demand for insperiences to continue even as lockdown restrictions ease.”