Are you planning to do more holiday shopping today, Cyber Monday? If so, you won’t be alone–especially if you take time to do your shopping while at work.
According to a National Retail Federation survey, more than half of all workers (54.5 percent) with Internet access at the office–or 70.1 million people–will shop for holiday gifts from the office this year. The employees most likely to shop from work? Men (56.5%) and young adults ages 25-34 (71.8%).
Before you log on to shop, consider your company’s policy about personal Internet use on company time. I’d hate to see you end up unemployed because you tried to sneak in some holiday shopping. Then again, with the rise of Smart Phones, you might be able to log on and get that shopping done without, technically, using your company computer. But you didn’t hear that from me!
Here are some other stats, tips, and info to keep in mind this Cyber Monday:
- Nearly nine out of ten (88.2%) retailers will have a special promotion for Cyber Monday. (Check out the National Retail Federation’s Cyber Monday site for a round up of deals.)
- Many stores are planning one-day sales (41.2% vs. 32.9% last year) and free shipping on all purchases (21.6% vs. 15.7% last year).
- Look for special promotions via email, which six out of 10 retailers will be sending to their customers in time for Cyber Monday. (I can vouch for this stat, given how crowded my inbox has been with Cyber Monday deal offers! )
- If the site where you’re shopping isn’t offering free shipping, check out the Free Shipping website to see if you can find a promotional code to cut your shipping spending down to zero.
So, what are your Cyber Monday shopping plans?