April 9, 2008, 12:00 AM

Scholastic provides the fastest broadband access in March

In March, a shopper with a high broadband connection could access a Top 50 retail site in 6.30 seconds, compared to 15.89 seconds for a low broadband connection and 52.29 seconds for dial-up, says Gomez.

At 2.58 seconds, Scholastic.com gave shoppers the fastest high broadband access time among big web retailers in March, says Gomez Inc.

Scholastic.com was followed by Dell.com (3.50 seconds), Zappos.com (4.06 seconds) and JCPenney.com (4.29 seconds). Using a dial-up connection, Scholastic.com also provided the fastest site response time at 30.06 seconds.

In March, a shopper with a high broadband connection could access a Top 50 retail site in 6.30 seconds, compared with 15.89 seconds for a low broadband connection and 52.29 seconds for dial-up.


Top 50 Web Site Performance Index: Response Time
March 01 , 2008 - March 31 , 2008
Response Time (seconds)

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Rank Retailer Dial Up Low Broadband High Broadband
1 Scholastic 30.06 6.94 2.58
2 Dell 35.48 9.72 3.50
3 Zappos 38.62 9.94 4.06
4 J. C. Penney 33.22 10.19 4.29
5 Overstock 34.51 10.91 4.45
6 Victorias Secret 50.86 11.66 4.46
7 CompUSA 52.20 12.16 4.48
8 L. L. Bean 54.30 13.37 4.56
9 Macys Store 43.31 11.25 4.62
10 Office Depot 37.40 11.31 4.62
11 Quixtar 44.73 11.64 4.63
12 Williams-Sonoma 49.25 13.00 4.82
13 Coldwater Creek 36.17 10.29 4.84
14 Nordstrom 34.76 11.63 5.04
15 Sony Style 61.23 16.27 5.05
16 Newegg 46.29 12.41 5.06
17 Musicians Friend 61.34 16.08 5.15
18 QVC 53.07 14.23 5.23
19 Saks Fifth Avenue 35.54 11.18 5.29
20 Avon Shopping 39.49 12.94 5.33
21 Footlocker 58.27 14.99 5.45
22 HSN 48.59 14.22 5.63
23 PC Connection 47.78 13.41 5.88
24 FTD 49.37 13.92 5.89
25 Staples 54.64 15.27 5.92
26 Drugstore 47.72 14.05 5.96
27 Circuit City Home 61.79 18.24 5.97
28 Tiger Direct 63.12 16.30 6.05
29 Costco 60.01 15.54 6.09
30 Chadwicks 52.75 14.64 6.28
31 Amazon 59.48 16.23 6.28

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