Christmas Day had its diversions: For some, there was basketball, while for a growing number of others there was online shopping.
For the holiday season to date, $35.3 billion has been spent online, marking a 15 percent increase versus the corresponding days last year, according to new figures from comScore released today. The most recent week, ending Sunday, December 25, brought $2.8 billion in spending, an increase of 16 percent versus the corresponding week in 2010.
The increase included Christmas Day. IBM Coremetric Benchmark’s snapshot of online shopping on Christmas Day revealed 16.4 percent growth over Christmas Day 2010, with the dollar amount of purchases up 172.9 percent, based upon IBM data from 500 e-commerce websites, not including Amazon.com, the largest. That’s similar to what happened on Thanksgiving Day when a surprising number of consumers unwilling to wait for Black Friday’s starting gun began shopping online on Turkey Day itself.
The day after Christmas was even busier, with online sales up 27.8 percent over December 26, 2010, according to IBM data.
IBM WINS MAJOR BELGIAN AWARD FOR DIVERSITY AND GENDER BALANCE
Christel Verschaeren, Director Integration and Change management IBM Europe wins 2nd AXA Wo_Men@work Award
Christel Verschaeren, Director Integration and Change Management of IBM Europe, yesterday won the 2nd edition of the AXA Wo_Men@work award. This award recognizes the personality that contributed the most to the improvement of diversity between men and women in his or her company or organization. Christel Verschaeren was awarded for her pro-active promotion of gender balance and her personal commitment to guaranteeing an equal representation of men and women in the company’s management and top management.
Christel Verschaeren is considered one of the diversity pioneers in Belgium. She works already for 8 years in an environment mostly dominated by men. In addition her different diversity initiatives have continuously been expanded to the different international IBM sites. This way, the past 5 years, 81 women gained access to c-level functions. As winner of the AXA Wo_Men@work Award, this Christel Verschaeren becomes the diversity ambassador for the Belgian economical world.
In Belgium, women represent only 7% of members on the Boards of Directors of companies listed on the stock exchange and only 6% of those on Management Boards. The AXA Wo_Men@Work Award is unique in that it celebrates and supports a woman or a man at the top of an organization who, through her or his commitment and actions, actively promotes gender equality in their teams and among their managers.
IBM has a long history of commitment to Diversity and has consistently taken the lead on Diversity policies long before it was required by law. This strong foundation brought IBM to the point where they can take best advantage of their differences — for innovation. IBM considers diversity as a competitive advantage and consciously builds diverse teams to helps drive the best results for its clients.