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Not too late to ready eCommerce infrastructures for the holiday shopping season

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Not too late to ready eCommerce infrastructures for the holiday shopping season

Eight things retailers need to know.

The economy may be recovering slowly, but projections for ecommerce spending are climbing quickly as the holiday season approaches.  In fact, studies show that ecommerce spending will total $61.8 billion in November and December 2013, an increase of 15 percent over 2012's estimated $53.7 billion.  Logicalis US, an international IT solutions and managed services provider, says now is the time for retailers to make sure their websites and online ordering systems are in top shape for the holidays. 

While the shopping season is nearly here, it's not too late to examine critical changes in ecommerce solutions and services for this year...

"As shoppers turn more and more to the Internet to research purchases and to complete their buying transactions, retailers' ecommerce sites have grown significantly in importance, making them business-critical systems that these organizations quite literally cannot afford to have down," says Julie Spiller, Senior Director, Vertical Solutions, Logicalis US.  "Most retailers today have set aside resources to upgrade their ecommerce platforms before the shopping season is fully underway.  While the shopping season is nearly here, it's not too late to examine critical changes in ecommerce solutions and services for this year, and it's the perfect time for some long-range planning to strengthen ecommerce platforms for the years to come."

Eight Things Retailers Need to Know
87% - Growth in tablet-based online sales expected this year.
81% - Retailers that have dedicated resources to upgrade ecommerce platforms in anticipation of the holiday season.
$70.5K – The average amount of money every 15 minutes of web site downtime costs a retailer.
62.5% – Retail ecommerce sales from tablets are expected to total $26 billion in 2013, 62.5 percent of all mobile-based ecommerce sales.
60% - Number of retailers that have significantly increased in-store data collection and analysis compared to two years ago.
52% - Midsize retailers that can tolerate no more than a single hour of downtime for their mission-critical data and applications.
46% - Retailers that continue to make significant investments in SEO and SEM technology.
16% - U.S. retail ecommerce sales from mobile devices are expected to reach $9.8 billion in November and December this year, accounting for 16 percent of the overall ecommerce market.

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