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Dec 17, 2005, 08:35 AM
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iMeowbot
Dec 17, 2005, 08:51 AM
The Hitwise data also indicated that retailers such as Target Corp. and Best Buy Co. may be coming up short in terms of converting traffic into Web sales. It was not clear, however, if this was due to some other dynamic - whether shoppers were simply looking at products online that they would later buy in stores, for example.
Yeah, that's the way I use a lot of those sites, to get an idea of who carries the kind of thing I want before heading out. UPS data also won't tell anything about in-store pickups, or companies like Staples that use in-house delivery.

Mitthrawnuruodo
Dec 17, 2005, 09:40 AM
I have no doubts that the online Christmas sales this year will not only break but demolish all earlier records. Amazon has been slow and unresponsive for days, probably due to heavy load...

Applespider
Dec 17, 2005, 09:59 AM
The online peak already passed; last week was the big one. Or at least, it was for us and we're one of the biggest UK online retailers . Now customers start to get nervous about their items arriving and arranging redeliveries if they arrive when out. It's the 'emergency' purchases and the tough to get gifts that people get late stock of that people risk it for.

Companies like Amazon who don't 'countdown' guaranteed stock but take the order make it tough for people to trust things will really ship that day at this time of year. I know a few people, including me last year, who have been caught out by their 'usually ships in 24 hours' statement only to get an email a few days later to say that it's not now going to be there for another 2 weeks. Grrrr...