Growing Chantilly Company Cashes In On 'Cyber Monday' | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

: News

Growing Chantilly Company Cashes In On 'Cyber Monday'

Play associated audio

Today is one of the biggest online shopping days of the year, also known as Cyber Monday. Quite a few companies in Northern Virginia's Technology Corridor shifted into their highest gear in preparation, including the growing retailer CedarPC.

CedarPC operates two old-fashioned retail stores in Virginia -- one in Vienna, and one in Chantilly. Today, the Chantilly store is quiet, but online sales were buzzing.

CEO John Vuong, says he likes Cyber Monday a lot more than Black Friday. Today, he says, CedarPC.com has seen 10 times the usual traffic on its Web site.

"We do about 80 percent of our business online because we can sell to all over the country," Vuong says.

That's why most of the activity is back in the warehouse, where staff is busy packing up refurbished computers to be shipped out. And some of the orders aren't going very far.

"Even locally, we've seen people who live within 10 miles of us buy it online because they don't want to drive here and go through traffic," he says.

Vuong says CedarPC has doubled in size every year since it was created in 2003, and this year will break $7 million in sales.

Despite the rapid growth, he says, CedarPC has no plans to move. He graduated from Annandale High School and says Northern Virginia is a great place for CedarPC to stay.

NPR

U.S. Officials Believe North Korea Was Behind Sony Hack

The recent attack on Sony Pictures' computer network that resulted in a flood of confidential data has its origins in North Korea, U.S. intelligence officials say.
NPR

Japan's Butter Shortage Whips Its Cake Makers Into A Frenzy

For the Japanese, Christmastime means sponge cake. But a nationwide butter shortage has lead to mandatory butter rationing, forcing cake bakers to seek out substitutes.
NPR

Satanist And Christian Holiday Displays To Go Up At Michigan Capitol

The situation has brought controversy — and energized Christians who realized that a planned Nativity scene was in danger of being canceled.
NPR

U.S. Officials Believe North Korea Was Behind Sony Hack

The recent attack on Sony Pictures' computer network that resulted in a flood of confidential data has its origins in North Korea, U.S. intelligence officials say.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.