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Williams-Sonoma: eCommerce giant?

Happy Thanksgiving, peasants, from Williams-SonomaThe Wall Street Journal‘s Corporate Intelligence blog has a post on Williams-Sonoma‘s flourishing eCommerce business, which has some surprising numbers.

From the article by Joan Solsman:

Over the years, Williams-Sonoma parlayed its catalog background to incubate one of the most thriving marriages of online and in-store selling in retail. E-commerce was 37% of net revenue last year in the fourth quarter.

Wow.

Thirty-seven percent of net revenue is nothing to sneeze at. But I still think of Williams-Sonoma as a catalog company with products that I can’t afford. Maybe this perception has something to do with the catalog’s pretentious copy.

EARLIER: Order up, peasants

 

Happy Thanksgiving, peasants, from Williams-Sonoma

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Happy Thanksgiving, peasants, from Williams-Sonoma

In case you missed it last week, Dead Spin deconstructed the Williams-Sonoma holiday catalog for the likes of me: we the people who don’t cook, won’t cook and don’t understand the need for potato gloves.

Click the photo to read the pure genius by Drew Magary.

Warning: Language not suitable for reading around the holiday table.