updated - October 22, 2019 Tuesday EDT
Amazon UK predicts that the biggest day ever for Internet shopping will be Cyber Monday, December 1.
Amazon UK received orders for more than 4.1 million items on Cyber Monday back in 2013.
On a side note, Black Friday packed in record sales last year as well, sold over 4 million items on Black Friday, Nov. 28. With less than 2 weeks away, and retailers are gearing up for a surge in online shopping.
Meanwhile, Amazon said that last year's Cyber Monday wasn't too shabby either. According to Amazon UK itself, one delivery truck left one of its weight UK fulfilment centers once every 1 minute and 33 seconds on average.
This year, Amazon is expecting more orders and higher demands, the company is hiring more than 13,000 people across the UK for seasonal positions in its customer service centers and fulfilment centers.
Amazon Vice President of EU Retail Xavier Garambois said Black Friday, which originated in the U.S., now marks the start of the Christmas shopping spree and the biggest online shopping day in the UK.
"We first brought Black Friday to the UK in 2010 with 300 deals; now we are offering over 3,000 deals and for many, Black Friday marks the start of the Christmas shopping rush in the UK," said Garambois.
The number of items sold on Amazon.co.uk on Black Friday 2013 was over 160% higher than on Black Friday 2010 when the phenomenon was first introduced in the UK.
This year, the company's Black Friday Deals Week begins at 8am on Monday November 24, and will culminate on Black Friday, November 28th.
Aside from Black Friday, other key online shopping days include Small Business Saturday (Nov. 29), Cyber Monday (Dec. 1), Giving Tuesday (Dec. 2) and Green Monday (Dec. 8)-along with key holidays including Hanukkah (Dec. 16), Christmas (Dec. 25) and Kwanzaa (Dec. 26).
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