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Study: Mobile holiday traffic peaked Thanksgiving, hit low Cyber Monday

BY Dan Berthiaume

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Mobile traffic during the 2014 holiday season peaked on Thanksgiving (50% of online traffic) and hit a low point on Cyber Monday (30% of online traffic). According to the 2014 Online Holiday Shopping Trends and Traffic report from e-commerce solutions provider Akamai Technologies, Cyber Monday still proved to be the most popular shopping day of the season, with overall retail traffic peaking at almost 13 million page views per minute (V/PM).
 
This new high peak of page views per minute represents a 16% increase year-over-year from the 2013 holiday season record of 11.2 million page views per minute.
 
Other highlights from the report include:
 
• The Monday before Thanksgiving (Nov. 24) saw the fourth highest peak page views per minute – and a 100% year-over-year uptick in activity – suggesting that many consumers are browsing and shopping well before the usual popular shopping days.
 
• Most average peak browsing times shifted from 1 p.m. ET in 2013 to 9 p.m. ET in 2014. This may represent a move away from the lunchtime desktop searches to the adoption and use of smaller or more mobile screens for browsing in the evening.
 
 
In addition, Akamai saw the following retail security trends on Black Friday:
 
• During the 2014 holiday season, volumetric attacks decreased while application layer attacks increased.
 
• There was a 12% increase in the number of proxy addresses in use on Black Friday 2014, potentially pointing to more malicious attackers' attempts to hide among volumes of legitimate U.S.-based shoppers.
 
• Black Friday saw more than 2.5 times the normal number of Web application firewall (WAF) triggers, as measured against the 24-hour periods on the previous four Fridays.
 
• The most common attack vectors were cross site scripting and SQL injections.
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Coming soon to Sam’s Club: 3-D printers

BY DSN STAFF

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Home Depot had it first, but now MakerBot is coming to an even wider mass market arena as the 3-D printer rolls out at more than 300 Sam's Club locations in the United States.
 
“I truly believe that having the opportunity to learn about 3D printing first-hand is a big step towards a better understanding of the technology,” said Frank Alfano, acting CEO of MakerBot. “By expanding our retail presence into Sam’s Club, we’re providing opportunities to reach professionals, entrepreneurs and small business owners and show them the power of 3-D printing. Offering MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D printers in retail stores exposes potential users to 3-D printing technology and provides them an opportunity to understand the benefits of 3-D printing today. We’ve made a conscious effort this past year to expand accessibility to MakerBot Replicator 3D Printers by working with key retailers like Sam’s Club.”
 
According to Alfano, bringing MakerBot printers into the mainstream offers a user-friendly way for the average consumer to leverage 3-D printing technology and avail himself of the related software, apps, MakerBot Learning, lectures, classes and parts and support offered through the company's MakerCare program.
 
“We strive to provide our members with access to the latest technology, at a great value," said SVP technology Dawn VonBechmann. "Offering the comprehensive MakerBot 3D Ecosystem is just one example of delivering on that commitment. Our members have shown interest in 3-D printing, both from a professional and small business aspect. Any member with a natural interest in creating things will be excited to learn more about this amazing technology.”
 
Home Depot initially started selling the printers in its retail stores last summer, which it introduced in select markets like Chicago, New York City, Los Angeles and San Francisco.
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Delhaize Group completes sale of Bottom Dollar

BY Antoinette Alexander

BRUSSELS, Belgium — Delhaize Group has completed the sale of its Bottom Dollar Food store locations to ALDI.

As reported in November, Delhaize Group signed an agreement to sell its Bottom Dollar Food stores to deep-discount grocer Aldi for approximately $15 million, including the assumption of associated lease liabilities. The transaction involved 66 Bottom Dollar stores in the greater Philadelphia and Pittsburgh markets.
 

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