Metro business sees surge in online orders on Cyber Monday

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- The National Retail Federation says a wet and dreary holiday weekend put a damper on shopping as more people opted to spend online rather than visit the stores.

Original Juan Specialty Foods is one of several metro area businesses seeing a surge in online orders on Cyber Monday.

Original Juan specializes in hot sauces, barbecue sauces and salsas unique to the metro area.

Already, workers are processing more than 200 online orders. A lot of people like to give as gifts barbecue sauces from Joe's Kansas City, Jack Stack and Zarda's, among others. Original Juan markets 13 different brands and ships them around the world at this time of year. Online sales are driving that growth.

"Original Juan is seeing an increase in our online sales this year," said Lindsay Howerton, a senior vice president at the company. "We're up about 20 percent over last year. So we see that people love the convenience of being able to shop from their home. And with the offering we have I think they appreciate seeing Kansas City local gifts and send them anywhere in the country."

Hot sauce made in Kansas City is particularly popular outside the United States. Although considered a small business, this company makes more than 1,700 different sauces.

Nationally, Cyber Monday purchases are expected to be down from last year, as Black Friday stole a lot of those web sales. Consumers are looking to buy earlier online, finding that prices are sometimes better than so-called Cyber Monday specials.

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