Wired has a report about an increase in online shopping this season.

In the first six weeks of the holiday season (spanning November and December), online purchases reached $16.7B, up 28 percent from last year. (Yes, that's a "B", as in "Billion")

Patick Byrne, CEO of Overstock.com, where sales are on track to exceed expectations (did they just say that sales were expected to exceed expectations?  Can you say that?  Is that correct grammar?), said, "The season is probably a disappointment for retailers in general, but it will be very healthy for internet commerce."

This whole online commerce thing is just a fad, right?  However, if you are a trendy type of company that wants to take advantage of this "fad", let me tell you that Microsoft has a package to enable you to do this!  You'd never guess it from the name...  MS Commerce Server...  When you're ready to jump on the online bandwagon, give us a shout!

Merry Christmas and Holiday Shopping Season!