February 22, 2006, 12:00 AM

How Top 50 retailers compare in overall bytes per second

Netflix provided visitors and shoppers with the most bytes per second in January, according to a new performance index by Gomez.

Netflix Inc. provided visitors and shoppers with the most bytes per second in January, according to a new performance index by Gomez Inc.

The index of the web’s 50 largest retailers as ranked by annual e-commerce sales shows that customers using a high broadband connection, low broadband connection or dial-up on average could access about 23.7 bytes of information per second from Netflix.com. Netflix was followed by Eddie Bauer (14.8 bytes), Peapod (8.8 bytes), Nordstrom (6.7 bytes), Blue Nile (6.5 bytes), Quixtar (6.1 bytes), Sony Style (5.7 bytes), Toys “R” Us (6.7 bytes), Cornerstone Brands (5.6 bytes) and Neiman Marcus (5.2 bytes).

Measuring how many bytes per second shoppers can download using multiple connections is a key indicator of web site performance and customer satisfaction. Overall shoppers could access an average of about 3.4 bytes per second on the 50 largest retail sites, according to Gomez.

 

  Top 50 Performance Index: Optimization
January 1, 2006 - January 31, 2006
 
 
Efficiency Rating
 
Rank Site

(bytes/
second)

1 Netflix Inc. 23.72
2 Eddie Bauer 14.83
3 Peapod 8.83
4 Nordstrom 6.70
5 Blue Nile 6.53
6 Quixtar 6.18
7 Sony Style 5.77
8 Toys R Us 5.67
9 Neiman Marcus 5.26
10 Cornerstone Brands 4.93
11 Zappos

4.85

12 Drugstore.com 4.54
13 Staples 4.24
14 Avon 3.84
15 Sears 3.76
16 Office Max 3.67
17 Costco 3.48
  Average 3.41
18 Cabelas 3.06
19 Coldwater Creek 2.98
20 Gateway 2.95
21 Dell 2.94
22 Office Depot 2.80
23 Gap 2.78
24 Comp USA 2.75
25 PC Mall 2.69
26 Apple 2.51
27 Best Buy 2.36
28 Wal-mart 2.30
29 HP Direct 2.08
30 JC Penney 2.07
31 Scholastic 1.90
32 Home Depot 1.75
33 Williams-Sonoma 1.66
34 Musician`s Friend 1.34
35 Circuit City 0.98
36 Target 0.88
37 Kmart 0.76
38 Newegg 0.72
39 Amazon 0.71
40 QVC 0.68
41 Barnes and Noble 0.66
42 CDW 0.63
43 Overstock 0.62
44 HSN 0.48
45 Tiger Direct 0.40
46 1800 Flowers 0.37
47 FTD 0.11
  Buy.com 0.11
49 Redcats 0.07
50 L.L. Bean Inc. N/A
Quality Rating
 
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