Ingram Micro Expects to Ship 3 Million Units a Week in Holiday Season

Distributor says volume shipments should match last year's totals.

Distributor Ingram Micro Inc. said that it expects to ship three- to four million units per week in North America during this holiday season.

The holiday shopping season typically is framed from the day after Thanksgiving, the so-called Black Friday, until Christmas day and includes a relatively new term, Cyber Monday, coined a few years ago to mark the following Monday, an official beginning to the online holiday shopping period.

Ingram officials said that last year the company filled a record 250,000 orders on the Saturday after the Thanksgiving holiday, driven by the emerging attractiveness of online shopping or e-tail business.

The distributor anticipates that its volume shipments during the holiday period this year will at least mirror that of last year.

"Last year, the growing popularity of e-tail businesses helped us deliver a single-day shipping record the day after Black Friday, when we filled more than 250,000 orders," said Terry Tysseland, Ingram North America senior vice president, operations and supply chain.

Research conducted by BDO Seidman LLP, a New York-based accounting and consulting firm, indicated that marketing executives at top U.S. retailers expect a 2 percent uptick in Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales this year.

"In the last eight weeks of the year, we typically ship an average of three- to four million units per week,” Tysseland said. “That's approximately 300 items per minute or enough to provide one holiday gift in each of those weeks to every man, woman, and child living in the city of Chicago."

"We're ready to process another multi-million-unit season," he said.

"We have over four million square feet of warehouse space and 27 miles of conveyance systems ready to deliver holiday gifts to every corner of the continent."

TAGS: retail,Black Friday,sales,Ingram Micro

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