Dec. 3 - The countdown to Christmas is on as online shoppers are expected to spend a record breaking £10,000 a second on the day dubbed 'Mega' Monday. Hayley Platt reports.
Inside one of Britain's biggest online retailers on what was expected to be a record breaking day. 'Mega' Monday is Britain's busiest online shopping day of the year. With their last pay packet before Christmas shoppers hunt for presents. Amazon's Vice President of Operations is Alan Lyle. SOUNDBITE: Alan Lyle, Vice President of Operations for Amazon Europe, saying (English): "We've got everything in here from toasters to televisions and even Hunter wellies, jewellery, sports equipment etc so there's a great selection and with low prices and with the convenience of online, customers are beginning to respond to that." Visa says its customers were spending £200,000 every minute and will make 7 million transactions. That's 21 percent more than last year. John Lewis' online sales were up twice that at 55 percent - with the department store taking 2 orders every second. Tony Bellott runs the retailer's distribution centre. SOUNDBITE: Tony Bellott, General Manager of John Lewis NDC operations, saying (English) "Our aspirations are for a billion pound of online sales, to match that growth we've had to match capacity in this site. We've added pieces on as each year goes by and even next year we're already planning to invest another £13 million in this site alone to cope with the growth." Tablet computers, micro scooters and pashmina scarves are among this year's most popular online buys. SOUNDBITE: Unidentified woman, saying (English): "It's so easy to buy something and just return it, so I prefer online." SOUNDBITE: Unidentified woman, saying (English): "If you don't fancy going out in the freezing cold and you just want to stay at home and do some shopping then yeah it's good." Mega Monday has given retailers a much needed boost in the run up to Christmas. But it may take more than a pre-Christmas bonanza to repair a sector which has been struggling for most of the year.