It was a record-breaking holiday season for Amazon. The company announced Tuesday that holiday shoppers around the world ordered more than 23 million items from its sellers on Amazon on Cyber Monday — an increase of more than 40 percent over the same day the previous year.
Amazon said it was the first time the company has exceeded the 23 million mark for Cyber Monday sales. The Seattle-based e-commerce giant also said it delivered more than a billion items worldwide in 2015 through its "Fulfillment by Amazon" service. During the entire holiday season, the number of items shipped through the Fulfillment By Amazon service worldwide grew more than 60 percent compared to a year earlier.
"2015 was a big year for sellers on Amazon. In fact, sellers added more new selection and shipped more items than in any previous year," said Peter Faricy, VP for Amazon Marketplace, in a statement.
Amazon has sellers from more than 100 different countries around the world that fulfilled orders to customers in 185 countries over the holidays. The company also added more than 3 million subscribers to its Prime service, which for $99 a year offers free two-day and sometimes same-day delivery. The company says during the holiday shopping season (in this case stretching from November 1 to December 19) more than 200 million items were shipped for free to Prime subscribers. Amazon said it also sold more than twice as many of its own branded devices during the 2015 holiday season compared to the year before.