Australian Retailers Association executive director
Australian Retailers Association executive director Russell Zimmerman said Cyber Monday and other parallel sales were a ''grand opportunity'' for local retailers, especially those selling products not widely available in other markets, to get involved in a new space. ''What retailers have to do is to Louis Vuitton UK look at those opportunities … and decide whether they can be competitive …'' he said. Ingrid Just of consumer watchdog Choice said Australian retailers would also be banking on increased public awareness about Cyber Monday following the news leading up to and about last week's Click Frenzy event. In the US, over the four-day Thanksgiving weekend, a record 247 million shoppers thronged online and physical stores across the US, a growth of 9 per cent from last year, the US National Retail Federation said. In Australia, Click Frenzy's early technical glitches did not stop retailers from experiencing a record amount of online sales, analytics firm Quantium reported. Australian consumers could also circumvent restrictions set by some US retailers participating in Cyber Monday, including the need to have a US credit card or physical address, by using third-party delivery services such as PriceUSA, MyUS and Bongo International, Ms Just said. ''Given that we are a month out of Christmas, Louis Vuitton Canada you'd want to check if you're buying Christmas presents, you're going to get it when you want it and you're happy with the postage and delivery fees,'' Ms Just said.