Shopping involved going from your house to the shops, wherever the
shops are. Typically the shops would all be grouped into the high
street, or equivalent if you live in a weird country. You have to get
up off your arse, go to the bus stop or tube station, go to wherever
the shops are, and buy
Online shopping rose up and prevented this in several ways.
Supermarket shopping involves using a polluting internal combustion
powered lorry or what is effectively a tractor to drag the products to
you. The other way is you order stuff from amazon or eBay and it
wends its way from china if it hasn't broken on the way to you, by
surprise, some time after you've forgotten you ordered it, and it
turns up when you're not in.
Telecommuting is a related concept, involving not having to turn up
to go to a workplace, and yet strangely, there is work to do. You
simply do it from home. This can even involve being occasionally
clothed, although usually obviously doesn't. The idea is that you
dodge all the expense of taking the tube to work. Also, the time
involved is spent doing something other than commuting.
This idea is simple. Bring the shops to you. Online shopping could
involve buying something from a shop, then a few minutes later (or
more likely, hours), the shop appears when you open your front door.
The shop has made its way from wherever it started from, to
wherever it ends up, if that's not too obvious a statement. The shop
can be dragged all the way to you. Automatonically.