The Order Report Summary Dashboard and reports can be used to see sales column and activity.
While they are structured similarly to the Sales Dashboard and reports, the differ significantly on which order they include.
These reports include "Shipped" and "Unshipped" orders, and use the Order Date for the date selection results.
This is opposed to the Sales reports which is more of profit reporting report, and only deals with shipped orders (as unshipped orders will not necessarily be filled, resulting in a cancellation = no profit), and uses the shipped date as the primary date selector.
To illustrate the difference: when orders come in over a weekend, the sales report will not show how many orders you got on Sunday (a non-shipping day). It will show them on the day they get shipped. The Orders report will display them on the the day they were ordered.