U.S. online retail sales this holiday season once again outperformed offline retail, though reports were mixed as to whether online sales would meet projections of 14% to 15% growth. Late Thursday, market tracker ComScore said U.S. online sales were up 10% Nov. 1 through Sunday. Mobile devices accounted for nearly half of all online traffic on Christmas Day, a record, says Jay Henderson, strategy director for IBM Smarter Commerce. Read more >>
The cartoon by Jeff Koterba from the Omaha World Herald shows a woman complaining to her husband because the package she has just ordered using her tablet has not yet arrived. The cartoonist is satirising people's desire to have everything NOW (if not before), along with their unrealistic expectations regarding delivery times for online purchases. He may have been inspired by the fact that a percentage of U.S. online orders did not arrive in time for Christmas this year, leaving a number of customers angry and frustrated, and/or Amazon's drone delivery project, which could see packages delivered to customers in just 30 minutes.
1. For crying out loud is an idiomatic phrase used to express frustration, exasperation, or annoyance. • Oh! For crying out loud, get off the computer! You've been on there for ages!
2. Note that you place an order (for something), not 'pass an order', as many of my French students seem to think!