As if you needed proof that online shopping is the wave of the future, check out these eye-popping statistics.

  • This past Black Friday, American shoppers spent a record $5 billion in 24 hours. That's an almost 17% increase over last year according to Adobe.
  • Cyber Monday--November 27, 2017--was the largest online shopping day in U.S. history.  Consumers spent  $6.59 billion online, an increase of 16% over 2106.  Purchases make on smartphones also set a record with $2 billion in sales.
  • Amazon Prime Day--Amazon's equivalent to an annual sale--was on July 11th of this year.  Though exact sales figures were not given, the company said its sales increased a staggering 60% in 2017.

If ever you were going to do some online Christmas shopping for this year, today is the day to do it.  It's Free Shipping Day.

Free Shipping Day was started in 2008 by Luke Knowles and his wife who established a web site called FreeShipping.com.  The Knowles' idea was to combine free shipping with guaranteed Christmas delivery and the site has been gaining participants every year.  Here are just a few of the online merchants taking part this year:

  • Target
  • Belk
  • JC Penney
  • Old Navy
  • ToysRUs
  • Levi's
  • Harry & David
  • Barnes & Noble
  • American Eagle