Approximately two weeks ago Cyber Monday took the online retail space by storm as the industry saw record sales of approximately $1.5 billion in a single day. While this online holiday is still relatively new, an older one by the name of “Green Monday” (the second Monday in December, the 10th of December this year) seems to be making a bit of a comeback.
While Cyber Monday is more associated with people shopping after their Black Friday efforts, Green Monday was once known as the last day to shop in order for consumers to get their gifts delivered on-time. Although Green Monday is still important in the eCommerce industry, consumers now put more trust in on-time deliveries from online retailers and will certainly continue to place holiday orders all the way through “Free Shipping Day” (December 17th).
Cyber Monday usually receives the glamour of being “the busiest online shopping day of the year” but in reality, according to comScore, this has only recently been true. In previous years, Green Monday was traditionally the day where online sales peaked during the holiday season, with a continual build-up in sales starting after the Thanksgiving weekend. Only recently, due to the intense promotion, has Cyber Monday taken the title as the top online shopping day of the year. Green Monday is now usually one of the top three online shopping days of the year.
To put it succinctly, Green Monday is the day that traditionally kicks off the biggest online shopping week of the entire year. Usually the first week of December also posts strong sales, but this year online shopping in this week grew only 9% year-over-year to $6.44 billion, the only single digit growth week of the holiday season so far.
So how did Green Monday do this year? Let’s take a look at the results…