LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Shares of eBay Inc , Amazon.com Inc and other online retailers fell on "Cyber Monday," as analysts worried that deep discounts from traditional retailers may have stolen the thunder from their online-only rivals, known for lower pricing.
Reuters - Shares of eBay Inc , Amazon.com Inc and other online retailers fell on "Cyber Monday," as analysts worried that deep discounts from traditional retailers may have stolen the thunder from their online-only rivals, known for lower pricing.
Cyber Monday sales surged, sending online shopping toward a single-day record as Amazon.com Inc. and EBay Inc. siphoned consumers from brick-and-mortar stores.
Online sales rose 19% from 2012 as of 9 p.m. in New York Monday, International Business Machines Corp. said in an e-mailed statement. Retailers catering to smartphone and tablet users benefited the most, with mobile traffic accounting for 30% of the total site visits, an increase of more than 58% from last year, IBM said.
Amazon.com, Inc. (AMZN), the e-commerce giant, has certainly played a key role in revolutionizing today’s retail world. The impact has been so powerful that a whole new term, ‘Amazon Effect’ has been coined to describe the influence of the online giant on retailers’ sales.
Mobile is no longer the big, existential threat to bricks-and-mortar retailers it was once seen as. In fact, mobile is actually driving a greater share of online visitors to retailers like Walmart and Target, than it is to Amazon.
Leading bricks-and-mortar retail chains in the U.S. are seeing one-third or more of their online visitors accessing their e-commerce sites only on mobile devices, according to new comScore data. These are shoppers who never see the desktop version of the Walmart or Target site, and only access the mobile Web and app version.
By Cris Frangold:
Online retailing represents the single biggest change in direction of selling goods and services in history. The 1990's were the beginning of a phenomenon that has resulted a surge of online sellers.
BOSTON/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - EBay Inc initially believed that its customers' data was safe as forensic investigators reviewed a network security breach discovered in early May and made public this week, a senior executive told Reuters on Friday.
In some locations, people pushed, shoved, and fought their way through the shopping aisles. In other locations, traffic was normal.All in all, I suspect people once again bought more junk they do not need and cannot afford.Here is a sampling of the news.Walmart Processes 10 Million Transactions in 4 Hours