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Internet Sales Soar For Local Companies

Cyber Monday is the day where shoppers take over the web to find a bargain. It's all hands on deck at the Vermont Teddy Bear Company.

SHELBURNE, Vt.- Cyber Monday is the day where shoppers take over the web to find a bargain.

It's all hands on deck at the Vermont Teddy Bear Company.
“One hour of today- we'll do more orders than an entire week in the summer for us,” said Wendy Duval, PR and Communications Manager for the Vermont Teddy Bear Company,
Employees are extremely busy filling and shipping thousands of online orders on the factory floor.
"When we have busy, busy days like these we all get called down to help pack and pick and get all those orders out the door,” said Duval.
Duval says even though the company doesn't offer any specific 'Cyber Monday' deals, the day's online sales are projected to beat last year's by 20 percent.
Especially when it comes to pajamagrams; Duval says 87 percent of all those orders are online.
Meaning thousands of boxes need to be filled with pjs.
“I gotta get back on the floor and help ship those orders,” said Duval.
Just down the road workers are busy preparing thousands of boxes at another locally owned business. At Dakin Farm 70% of their business is online and now its crunch time to get those boxes shipped before Christmas.
“We've got a two week window here, so the pressure is kind of on,” said Sam Cutting, President of Dakin Farms.
Cutting says every year the company’s online sales are growing by 5 to 10 percent.
 “Online sales are our main focus. They are the biggest part of our business by far,” said Cutting.
In December alone Cutting says they'll ship more than 50 thousand boxes. 
All carefully packed by hand.
“Sometimes 3 to 4 thousand orders overnight on the internet will come in, we print those slips out, we have to pick, pack and ship them rapidly and get them on the road,” said Cutting.
On the road to homes all over the country.
“A lot of displaced New Englanders move away down to Florida, or Arizona and they like the Vermont products and so our sales are really nationwide,” said Cutting.

Both Dakin Farms and the Vermont Teddy Bear Company say foot traffic through their retails stores is slower in the winter.
But online sales 'heat up' during the holidays which is the busiest time of year for both Vermont based companies.
And by the way, if you are still looking for a seasonal job, the Vermont Teddy Bear Company is still looking to hire more employees.


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