Cyber Monday: retailers prepare

Amazon, whose main distribution centre is based in Rugeley, predict that today will be their busiest online shopping day of the year as part of 'Cyber Monday.'

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Record breaking day for online Christmas shopping

by Chris Halpin

Records are expected to be broken in the next few hours as tens of thousands of people buy their Christmas presents online.

Dubbed Mega Monday, internet based retailers are expecting this year to be busiesr than ever. But as more of us swap the high street for the comfort of our own homes - could this be the end of Christmas shopping as we know it? Chris Halpin reports.

Biggest day of the year for online shopping

Midlands online retailers are in the middle of what they call the biggest day of the year for online shopping, known as Cyber Monday.

Goods in the Rugeley Amazon distribution centre Credit: ITV News Central

A number of items have been reduced as companies prepare for the Christmas rush. Last year, Amazon which has a distribution centre in Rugeley, says orders averaged 41 items a second.

Goods in the Rugeley Amazon distribution centre Credit: ITV News Central

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Reasons behind Cyber Monday shopping peak

Payday and the arrival of December are the driving factors behind today's expected cyber shopping surge, according to Sage Pay, which has predicted spending of more than £500 million.

Retailers are predicting online shopping transactions will peak on Monday evening.
Retailers are predicting online shopping transactions will peak on Monday evening. Credit: PA

“With just four weeks until Christmas, most of us will just have been paid, so Cyber Monday is traditionally the day when consumers rush online to do their Christmas shopping, said Simon Black, chief executive at Sage Pay.

“Given the breadth of shopping and payment options available to consumers, competition between retailers is greater than it’s ever been.

"Plus, with an emphasis on omnichannel and a host of newer payment technologies beginning to make their mark, retailers can find it difficult to stay that one crucial step ahead of the trends.”

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Midlands retailers prepare for Cyber Monday

Cyber Monday is expected to be the busiest day of the year for online retailers
Cyber Monday is expected to be the busiest day of the year for online retailers Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Midlands online retailers are preparing for what they call the biggest day for online shopping today, also known as Cyber Monday.

Online retailers from across the region will today reduce a significant number of items in price as they prepare for the Christmas rush.

Amazon, which has a distribution centre in Rugeley, is hiring more than 15,000 people across the country for seasonal positions to satisfy demand.

Last year, the company says more than 3.5 million items were ordered on the site at a rate of around 41 items per second.