Amazon Announces Record-Breaking Holiday Shopping Weekend
- by Anne Allen
SEATTLE, WA - Amazon has become synonymous with holiday shopping, and they’ve got the numbers to back that statement up. During both Thanksgiving and the current lead-up to Christmas, consumers are hopping online and traveling in store to have their holiday needs met. The e-tailer recently announced that its Cyber Monday was the single biggest shopping day in the company’s history and the Turkey 5—the days starting with Thanksgiving and continuing to Monday—broke records as well.
“Black Friday and Cyber Monday continue to break records on Amazon year over year, which tells us that customers love shopping for deals to kick off the holiday shopping season,” stated Jeff Wilke, CEO Worldwide Consumer. “With curated gift guides, convenient shopping experiences, incredible product selection, and free shipping with no minimum purchase amount, Amazon offers customers tremendous value—sure to deliver smiles all season long.”
The holiday weekend highlights for the United States included:
- Sales by small and medium-sized businesses worldwide grew more than 20 percent on Black Friday year-over-year
- Throughout the Turkey 5, Amazon.com customers ordered more than 180 million items.
According to a press release, groceries purchased at Whole Foods Market played a factor in these record-breaking sales, as Prime members purchased last-minute ingredients for Thanksgiving meals—such as lemons, celery, and onions—and prepared holiday meals numbering in the hundreds of thousands. Additionally, an all-time record number of turkeys were sold during this Thanksgiving season—the celery and onions obviously needed to frame a marvelous bird!
To read the entirety of the press release, click here.