Good morning, and welcome to Cyber Monday!
Thanksgiving has passed, the leftovers are slowly disappearing, and the holiday shopping season is upon us. After Black Friday and Small Business Saturday, today is the largest online shopping day of the year.
This year’s post-Thanksgiving shopping didn’t wait for today to venture online. According to Comscore, this year marked the first time that shoppers spent over $1 billion online on Black Friday. Comscore indicates this is a 26 percent increase from last year’s online shopping on Black Friday.
Were you one of the 57.3 million people who reportedly shopped online before Cyber Monday? Or did you venture out in the middle of the night for a great deal? Tell us about the best deal you were able to get this weekend in the comments section!
For businesses, this continues to be a busy time of year. A couple weeks ago we offered a few suggestions for small businesses during the next few weeks.
We also provided a few thoughts for individuals taking care of their gift lists. Is your wallet ready for holiday spending? Here are a few ideas we presented a couple weeks ago to help you through the season.
At Popular Community Bank, we continue a couple significant efforts in our communities this week.
Our branches in Chicagoland continue our annual toy drive. This year, we are collecting toys that will be donated to the Chicago Commons Taylor Center for New Experiences. Look for the wrapped boxes in each of our branches to donate a new, unwrapped toy.
Also, we will continue accepting donations funds for a couple of our community partners in the areas of New York and New Jersey affected by Sandy – the Food Bank For New York City and Salvation Army in New Jersey. Read here for more information about our efforts with these two great organizations.