Adobe released its 2016 online shopping data for Cyber Monday and the holiday weekend overall. Cyber Monday is on track to hit a new record with $3.39 billion spent online, a 10.2 percent increase year-over-year (YoY). This will mark the largest online sales day in history, surpassing Black Friday ($3.34 billion) by a narrow margin. Cyber Monday is expected to generate slightly less mobile revenue than Black Friday at $1.19 billion, a 48 percent YoY increase. The holiday shopping season so far (November 1-28) is expected to drive a total of $39.9 billion in online revenue, a 7.4 percent increase YoY, with 27 out of 28 days this holiday season generating over $1 billion. The five best-selling toys in terms of quantity sold on Cyber Monday were Lego sets, Shopkins, Nerf, Barbie and Little Live Pets, and the five best-selling electronic products were Sony PlayStation 4, Microsoft Xbox, Samsung 4K TVs, Apple iPads and Amazon Fire. click Read More below for more of the story
The Forever Stamp — good for mailing 1-ounce First-Class letters anytime into the future — regardless of price changes — has been well received by customers. The Postal Service is now extending this convenience to customers needing stamps for mailing items weighing more than 1-ounce as well as for postcards and bulky or odd sized envelopes which require hand sorting.
The new “additional-ounce” Forever stamps will always be equal in value to the applicable price for the price category printed on them at the time of use. Customers purchasing these Forever stamps can easily determine their use by the descriptions on the stamps: ADDITIONAL OUNCE, POSTCARD, NON-MACHINABLE SURCHARGE, TWO OUNCE and THREE OUNCE.
This additional ounce stamp pays tribute to the majestic emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri). Largest of the penguin species, the emperor stands over 3 feet tall and can weigh more than 80 pounds. Emperor penguins dive beyond 1,500 feet — deeper than any other bird. The stamp art is a stylized drawing of a pair of emperor penguins on a cool green background. The pop of orange and yellow on the birds’ beaks and ear patches lends a regal look to the aptly named emperors. Art director Carl Herrman of Carlsbad, CA, designed the stamp, illustrated by Nancy Stahl of New York City. The words “ADDITIONAL OUNCE” on this stamp indicate its usage value. These Forever stamps will always be equal in value to the applicable price for the price category at the time of use. The initial price and value for this stamp is 22 cents, effective May 31.
With the release of the Coastal Birds postcard stamps, the U.S. Postal Service celebrates four eye-catching birds: the red knot (Calidris canutus), king eider (Somateria spectabilis), roseate spoonbill (Platalea ajaja), and magnificent frigatebird (Fregata magnificens). The stamps feature highly stylized, digital portraits of each bird. These Forever stamps will always be equal in value to the applicable price for the price category printed on them at the time of use. The initial price and value for these stamps is 35 cents. The Coastal Birds stamps feature the art of illustrator Tyler Lang of Portland, OR. Greg Breeding of Charlottesville, VA, was the art director.
The word “POSTCARD” on the stamps indicates the usage value. The postcard price is effective May 31.
The U.S. Postal Service celebrates the Eastern tiger swallowtail on its fifth butterfly stamp issuance for greeting card envelopes that require additional postage. The stamp art is a colorful, highly stylized depiction of the butterfly. The words “NON-MACHINEABLE SURCHARGE” on the stamp indicate its usage value. Non-machinable items require sorting by hand. This stamp also may be used for mailing items weighing up to 2-ounces.
These Forever stamps will always be equal in value to the applicable price for the price category printed on them, at the time of use. The initial price and value for this stamp is 71 cents, effective May 31. Named for the black “tiger” stripes along the upper surfaces of its wings, the Eastern tiger swallowtail is easily spotted. Abundant from southern New England to Florida and west to the Great Plains and central Texas, the Eastern tiger swallowtail is a frequent visitor to gardens, woodlands, and riverbeds. Tom Engeman of Frederick, MD, was the artist. Art director Derry Noyes of Washington, DC, designed the stamp.
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