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Blog posts tagged with 'Holidays'

Wednesday, January 02

Happy Downloading Holidays

By Brad

Tech gadgets are always a hit during the holidays, and the number of mobile applications downloaded for iPhones and Android phones over this year’s holiday week hint at another big year for mobile devices.  As Ryan Kim of GigaOm reports:

The final week of 2012 was a big one for mobile app makers as consumers downloaded a record 1.76 billion apps between Christmas and New Year’s Eve, according to new data from Flurry. It’s not surprising that app downloads set a new weekly record, considering mobile usage is only going up and Christmas 2012 already set a single-day record for downloads.

The full report from Flurry that Kim highlights is available here.

Thursday, November 08

Happy Holidays Online

By Brad

Every year, online holiday shopping continues to make gains. And as Leena Rao of TechCrunch reports, this year analysts are expecting a good season:

After comScore predicted a very healthy holiday shopping season for online retailers yesterday, Forrester is joining in, reporting that this holiday season is expected to generate $68.4 billion in US online sales. That’s a 15% increase over 2011′s total and 3% higher than the expected overall annual online retail growth rate.

Forrester’s report also predicts holiday shoppers will spend over $400 online this year on average, an increase of 12% over last year.

Monday, December 12

Happy Holidays Online

By Brad

Via Anthony James of TechFlash, online sales this holiday season continue to be brisk:

Seven of the 10 best online shopping days have occurred this year, including four days last week: Monday ($1.178 billion), Tuesday ($1.107 billion), Thursday ($1.024 billion) and Friday ($917 million). About $15.5 billion has been spent online this year between Thanksgiving and Dec. 9.

Tuesday, November 29

Online Shopping Boost

By Brad

Yesterday was Cyber Monday, and it appears to have been a big success. How big? Over at TechCrunch, Leena Rao reports:

Cyber Monday online sales, according to IBM’s Coremetrics report, were up 33 percent over 2010, and up 29.3 percent over Black Friday.

IBM says that the average order amount was up 2.6 percent this year from $193.24 to $198.26. The shopping peaks during the day took place at 11:05am PST/2:05pm EST as well as after commuting hours on both the east and west coast.

Given ongoing economic concerns, this can only be counted as a big win all around.

Monday, November 28

Cyber Monday

By Brad

Today is “Cyber Monday,” the online equivalent of “Black Friday,” and business is expected to be brisk. But as Brendan Sasso of The Hill reports, customers will have a hard time connecting to some websites today:

The Justice Department and other federal agencies shut down 150 websites on Monday accused of selling copyrighted materials and counterfeit products.

The crackdown was timed to coincide with “Cyber Monday,” the most profitable day of the year for online retailers.

Speaking of today’s online shopping madness, over at GigaOm, Katie Fehrenbacher looks at the positive effect online holiday shopping has on the environment:

A couple years ago we commissioned a study for our subscription services GigaOM Pro on the greenhouses gas emissions of online holiday shopping versus in-store holiday shopping, and the trends still ring true. The study found that in-store purchases represented an increase of more than 15 times the green house gases of online purchases. Overall, the impact of Black Friday in 2009 was about 50 times that of Cyber Monday in 2009.

Monday, November 30

Holiday Cheer

By Brad

Mega-retailers Amazon and Wal-Mart have been waging a pricing battle online for holiday shopping dollars, and as TechFlash reports, so far they both appear to be winning—at least on the traffic front:

The two retailers saw a big jump in unique visitors on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, with Amazon up 28 percent and Wal-Mart up 22 percent, according to internet measurement firm comScore.

TechFlash also notes that online spending for “Black Friday” (AKA the busiest shopping day of the year) took a 11% jump over last year. And as earth2tech reports, all that business online has very real — and positive — effects on the environment:

[T]he carbon reductive powers of broadband-enabled dematerialization, or reducing physical goods and transportation with virtual options, is very real. According to The Climate Group’s Smart 2020 report published back in 2008, information and communication technology (ICT) can reduce the world’s carbon emissions across sectors by 15 percent (about 5 times the amount of the ICT sector’s own added carbon footprint). Dematerialization — from reduced transportation from e-commerce and telepresence as well as virtual goods replacing physical goods — could prevent 500 million tons of CO2 by 2020 (which is a little less than Australia’s total emissions in 2005).

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