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    Smartphones were used for Thanksgiving Day sales smashing all records

    By Hasnain R

    Nov 30,2020

    10:12 AM UTC

    During the coronavirus pandemic, some shoppers may have opted to avoid shops, but they still put several products into the virtual shopping cart.

    According to Adobe Analytics numbers, Thanksgiving Day spending increased by 21.5 percent year over year to $5.1 billion, setting a new high. Internet transactions on Thanksgiving Day 2019 were $4.2 billion. The firm evaluates traffic from 80 of the top 100 U.S. online stores on retail websites and purchases.

    According to Adobe, nearly all of all sales were done on a smartphone.

    There was a 31 percent higher transfer rate of traffic to their pages for merchants providing curbside collection, a sign of how common it is for individuals to shop online and receive orders without visiting shops.

    The strong online shopping data represents a pattern predicted by many retailers and market watchers: after the pandemic, more shoppers skip malls and purchase presents from their couch.

    The public health issue, like just about any part of 2020, has shaken up holiday shopping. In mid-October, stores including Walmart and Target kicked off deals to coincide with Amazon Prime Day. They’ve spread out one-day sales activities, giving shoppers less incentive this Black Friday to hurry to the supermarket.

    The global health crisis would not lessen excitement for shopping, one of the country’s largest retail trade organisations said. Holiday revenues are expected to grow between 3.6 percent and 5.2 percent year over year, according to the estimate of the National Retail Federation, amounting to between $755.3 billion and $766.7 billion. They rose 4 percent last year to $729.1 billion, NRF said. On average, for the last five years, holiday revenues have risen 3.5 percent.

    However the trade organisation said it believes that more of those dollars will be invested online instead of in supermarkets. Compared to last year, it predicted a 20 percent to 30 percent jump in online and other non-store revenue.

    Adobe said it expects the two biggest online shopping days in history to be Black Friday and Cyber Monday. It expects revenues on Black Friday to average between $8.9 billion and $10.6 billion and online sales to total up to $189 billion for the entire holiday season.

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