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Is there ever an occasion to celebrate sucking? I’m hyper competitive and I can personally tell you that typically “sucking” is not an option. Let me strike that, I’m hyper competitive with a smidge of lazy. So if I actually choose to do something – a project, blog, social network, whatever – then I insist on it being the best possible. (The lazy helps by making sure I don’t commit to everything under the sun and thereby giving myself to excel and be the best I can).
Researching some of the eCommerce data thats being reported to draw a picture of the environment for our clients at VinTank I noticed something – eCommerce can celebrate sucking this holiday season!
Sounds wierd, I know. But look what these numbers bear out (I’m clipping from various notes and sources that I’ve been looking at):
Amazon’s sales peaked on Dec. 15, when online shoppers worldwide bought 72.9 items per second, amounting to more than 6.3 million items that day, the company said, although it did not report a dollar total for how much it sold. Wal-Mart and Apple also reportedly had strong online sales.
U.S. e-commerce sales between Nov. 1 and Dec. 24 were down 2.3 percent compared to 2007, according to SpendingPulse, an information service of MasterCard Advisors. SpendingPulse called online sales “an area of relative strength” amid overall holiday retail sales that rank among the worst in recent memory.
And the the stories keep coming, mostly generated by SpendingPulse report (a subsidiary MasterCard). I don’t think all the evidence is in just yet but its obvious that the value of ecommerce (easy, search capabilities, avoidance of difficult crowds and/or customer service situations) played a pretty big role this holiday season. The question that has to be worked on is how to best get over the hurdles to wine ecommerce (logistical, legal, as well as product proliferation) to make sure wine companies can share in this rising tide.
Anyway, back to my homework. Cheers!
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Buddy of mine Gary Vaynerchuk was on CBS this morning talking holiday wines. I know most of my wine contacts that hit the blog know Gary but for those that don’t, he’s the host of WineLibraryTV.com and he does alot of appearances like this, I just happen to think he did a really good job with this spot so its worth a look.
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