This year’s Cyber Monday on November 26th outperformed everyone’s expectations, with a whopping $1.46 billion in online sales. Online spending rose almost 17%, up from$1.25 billion a year ago, which made it the heaviest online spending day in history, research firm ComScore Inc. reported. Most notable, though, is that more than 18% of shoppers used a mobile device to access a retailer’s website on Cyber Monday, an increase of 70% over 2011, and mobile sales almost doubled – making up 13% of total Web-based purchases, reported IBM’s Digital Analytics Benchmark. The convenience of tablets and smart phones are a big reason for this surge, as they let consumers shop any time, anywhere. And physical retailers are jumping on the bandwagon – beginning to offer comparable online sales to e-commerce companies, instead of just focusing on bringing customers to the brick and mortar.