It’s hard to believe that the holiday season ended a month ago. While long lines certainly did exist in many stores, the trend of more consumers shopping online from the convenience of their own home continued during the 2011 holiday season.

Amazon.com (ranked 10th globally and 5th nationally on alexa.com for website visits) is the most well known online only store. According to this article on Venture, Amazon sold one million Kindles every week in December. This was a significant reason why Amazon had its most successful shopping season in history. Best Buy on the other hand had a disastrous holiday season. The Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal reported that sales actually dropped in December 2011 by 1.2% for Best Buy. An MSNBC analyst made a keen observation stating that “it seems as though Best Buy has become a place for people to check out items like televisions and computers in person while ultimately purchasing the item cheaper on Amazon.”
Perhaps even more revealing of the e-commerce trend was the success of third-party merchants selling items from their web store hosted on Amazon. The first article reported that “the number of merchants who exceeded $5,000 in sales during the holiday season was up 44 percent compared to the last year.” With the decline in sales of big box stores like Best Buy and the conveinence of shopping online, there is no indication that the continued success of both large and small-scale e-commerce stores will falter anytime soon.
With consumers shopping online more than ever before, it has never been as important as it is today for e-commerce stores to have superior control over their inventory. Best Buy had another nightmare in December 2011 when they could not fulfill many online orders because Best Buy did not have the items in stock. This article in the Minneapolis-St. Paul Journal reported that orders, some as late as three weeks old, ultimately got an e-mail cancellation leading to a public relations headache of mega proportions.
Scout is well aware of the shift of consumers purchasing items online and we have come up with an inventory solution for e-commerce companies no matter their scale. Our topShelf inventory management software can integrate with your web store allowing you to move orders from the web to fulfillment. Besides integrating with most web store and e-commerce applications, topShelf also integrates with most accounting packages as well. To learn more about how topShelf can manage the inventory of your e-commerce store please click here or give one of our friendly sales representatives a call at 651-964-3259.

It’s hard to believe that the holiday season ended a month ago. While long lines certainly did exist in many stores, the trend of more consumers shopping online from the convenience of their own home continued during the 2011 holiday season.


Amazon.com (ranked 10th globally and 5th nationally on alexa.com for website visits) is the most well known online only store. According to this article on Venture, Amazon sold one million Kindles every week in December. This was a significant reason why Amazon had its most successful shopping season in history. Best Buy on the other hand had a disastrous holiday season. The Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal reported that sales actually dropped in December 2011 by 1.2% for Best Buy. An MSNBC analyst made a keen observation stating that “it seems as though Best Buy has become a place for people to check out items like televisions and computers in person while ultimately purchasing the item cheaper on Amazon.”

Perhaps even more revealing of the e-commerce trend was the success of third-party merchants selling items from their web store hosted on Amazon. The first article reported that “the number of merchants who exceeded $5,000 in sales during the holiday season was up 44 percent compared to the last year.” With the decline in sales of big box stores like Best Buy and the conveinence of shopping online, there is no indication that the continued success of both large and small-scale e-commerce stores will falter anytime soon.

With consumers shopping online more than ever before, it has never been as important as it is today for e-commerce stores to have superior control over their inventory. Best Buy had another nightmare in December 2011 when they could not fulfill many online orders because Best Buy did not have the items in stock. This article in the Minneapolis-St. Paul Journal reported that orders, some as late as three weeks old, ultimately got an e-mail cancellation leading to a public relations headache of mega proportions.

Scout is well aware of the shift of consumers purchasing items online and we have come up with an inventory solution for e-commerce companies no matter their scale. Our topShelf inventory management software can integrate with your web store allowing you to move orders from the web to fulfillment. Besides integrating with most web store and e-commerce applications, topShelf also integrates with most accounting packages as well. To learn more about how topShelf can manage the inventory of your e-commerce store please click here or give one of our friendly sales representatives a call at 651-964-3259.

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