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Like most things in 2021, it’s been hard to compare this year’s holiday shopping season with historical trends, as the pandemic evolves and continues to put our best laid plans for reengaging in-person with each other to the test. Ace among America’s social pastimes is holiday shopping, which has remained strong in terms of total sales despite a reported lack...

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Supply chain worries have been at the top of consumers’ minds for months, as viral videos and price hikes have spurred many folks to start their holiday shopping earlier than ever before. But as many consumers rush to cross the big items off their wish list well ahead of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Amazon is assuring their customers that...

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Even though it’s still firmly “back-to-school” season for many families, the holidays are fast approaching, and retail forecasts show spending is set to jump anywhere from 7 to 9 percent as consumers go perhaps a little bigger than usual with their annual gift giving in 2021. Specifically, Deloitte’s annual holiday retail forecast shows that ecommerce is going to continue enjoying...

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The 2020 holiday shopping season was a challenge on nearly every level, from testing the limits on fulfillment and ecommerce infrastructure to forcing brands to rethink what to do with their brick-and-mortar footprint. Despite it all, retailers enjoyed a 8.3 percent jump in sales from 2019 over November-December, besting the National Retail Federation’s (NRF’s) more modest forecast. Total sales climbed...

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With Americans instructed to scale back their holiday gatherings this year, they seem to be going in the opposite direction when it comes to holiday shopping, smashing 2019’s Black Friday record by spending an estimated $9 billion on U.S. retail sites last week. This marks a 22 percent jump over the $7.4 billion record set last year, according to Adobe...

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While October may seem like an early start to the holiday shopping season, timing is hardly the most unusual thing about this year’s festivities, as the global pandemic effectively shelves the traditional “Black Friday” boon for brick-and-mortar retailers in favor of earlier digital flash sales. The combination of Amazon’s early Prime Day event along with an increase in early online...

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As expected, early tallies are showing that Americans broke spending records across the board over the Thanksgiving weekend, with Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales exceeding industry analysts’ best estimates. That said, when digging into the data, it paints a somewhat mixed picture for the industry at large, as where and how consumers spent this past weekend marked an interesting...

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Bargain hunting has become nearly as synonymous with Thanksgiving as turkey and football, thanks in no small part to the rise of omnichannel retail. In fact, a recent study found that consumers who shop both online and in-store over the holiday season are prone to spending twice as much compared to buyers who only leverage a single channel in the...

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Credit cards and debit cards– the life lines to our bank accounts. These slates of plastic are also the life lines for retail stores. These days, except when someone walks into a storefront and makes a purchase with cash, chances are that nearly every sale a retailer makes involves the Internet or an online transaction. Online shopping and other forms...

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