Holiday & Events

Articles about major holidays and annual events in retail. (from Thanksgiving to Prime Day)

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COVID-19 may have started the fire, but the online shopping boom is showing no signs of burning out. As consumer expectations grow alongside this blazing industry, many are placing a stronger focus on the shipping experience itself. This is why retail giants like Amazon.com are making fast and free shipping incentives table stakes, with recent […]
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One of the most promising changes in the retail market has been the regrowth of consumer confidence. At the end of 2023, both financial well-being and future financial confidence hit the highest levels in two years. This has been facilitated by the easing rate of inflation and while, consumer attitudes are not back to where […]
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The months after the holiday season can be chaotic due to a flurry of returns, accompanied with the pressure to meet new sales goals and start the year off strong. This year, retailers anticipate an approximate $25 billion in fraudulent return claims, representing approximately 16.5 percent of the total returns during this period. For retailers […]
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The shipping and delivery phase of an e-commerce order is filled with opportunities or ‘touchpoints’ that you can capitalize on to convert one-time shoppers into repeat customers and spread positive word of mouth to influence their close ones, all while hoping that you don’t encounter any challenge that can infuriate your customers and get your […]
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Demand planning uses available data and analytics into past market behavior in and around a business to predict the future. Without these insights, business owners could make inventory misreads, marketing mistakes, shipping blunders, and hiring miscues, all eating into profit margins. By assessing your current business performance and past order histories, you can anticipate the […]
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With the best talent in high demand, businesses are turning to creative solutions to hire and retain productive employees. As these businesses look for innovative incentives, their employees are pointing to a simple yet highly effective solution: gift cards. There’s a reason why gift cards are a mainstay in our wallets and the preferred gift […]
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The New York Times has a story suggesting that food industry companies believe that grocery price inflation is about to subside. Here’s how the Times frames the story: “Few prices are as visible to Americans as the ones they encounter at the grocery store or drive-through window, which is why two years of rapid food […]
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The Easter period presents a major sales opportunity for independent retailers, especially when it comes to sweet treats, which can see an uplift of as much as 50%. They include not only chocolate eggs but also indulgent seasonal favourites such as cakes, savoury snacks and… This story continues at In for a treat In focus: […]
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ARLINGTON, Va. — Rock legend Roger Daltry will perform at the National Association of Chain Drug Stores’ 2024 Annual Meeting in Palm Beach, Fla., the association said Wednesday. His performance will be part of the grand finale during the Directors Dinner & Entertainment, which will be held on Tuesday, April 30th, from 7:30 p.m. to […]
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The Boston Globe has a piece about “CVS rage,” which it characterizes this way: “CVS, how do we hate thee? Let us count the ways: “We dread thine long pharmacy lines, that sometimes end in frustration, with a stressed-looking employee rooting around aimlessly for a bag with your name on it, or informing you that […]
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Audiences stream a record 40.8 billion viewing minutes on Jan. 13, 2024 Chilly weather, coupled with the excitement of the NFL playoffs, helped boost total TV viewership 3.7% in January. While historically characteristic for the month, the uptick was perhaps more noteworthy because it was 1.4% above its level last year—a reporting period that was […]
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A concerning trend has emerged in the evolving retail landscape over the past few years: the spike in retail theft. As examples, Los Angeles and Dallas experienced staggering increases of 109 percent and 73 percent, respectively, in shoplifting incidents from H1 2022 to H2 2023. As the problem intensifies, communities are left grappling with the […]
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Last year was an uncertain one.  Though many of the economic indicators were excellent, including the low unemployment numbers and strong GDP growth, there was a lot of uncertainty in the market throughout the year.   In the martech ecosystem, publishers continued to feel the pains after the COVID-19 bump. Still, I believe that had […]
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•  From the Associated Press: “Fewer Americans filed for jobless claims last week as the labor market continues to show resilience in the face of elevated interest rates intended to cool economic growth in the United States. “Applications for unemployment benefits fell by 8,000 to 212,000 for the week ending Feb. 10, the Labor Department […]
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Record-breaking Success for Premium Private Label Ranges In line with the growing number of those in difficult financial situations, we found that 97% of shoppers can be described as discounters. This holiday season, Aldi and Lidl both experienced record-breaking sales. Lidl reported a 12% increase in sales year on year and an 11% increase in […]
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The UK slipped into a technical recession in the final quarter of 2023 according to new data from the Office of National Statistics (ONS). The fall in economic output was steeper than most economists expected, with the economy barely growing over the course of last year. Despite the slowing economy, consumer confidence is up on […]
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In mid-January, I had the pleasure of attending the NRF “Big Show” Conference in New York City. As always, it was great to meet new people, reconnect with prior colleagues, and finally meet some people in person — we have been on video calls way too often in the past three years! As expected, retailers […]
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The BBC has a good story about what went wrong at The Body Shop, a trailblazing retailer in the eighties that recently  has been placed in administration, which is like filing for bankruptcy. An excerpt: “The Body Shop of today is facing a crisis. Its new owner – the third in seven years – has […]
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L’Occitane En Provence has announced the launch of its third virtual store this year, in partnership with Emperia. This initiative aims to redefine the celebration of Ramadan, offering an interactive experience that emphasises togetherness, gifting, and self-reflection. People can enter a traditional Middle Eastern house, set within a warm village atmosphere, designed in collaboration with […]
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Testing for Ships in Product Packaging compatibility often involves “a series of drops and vibrations,” a packaging innovation team leader said. Sellers can expect fee discounts for program participation. Amazon is pulling back the curtain on how it’s teeing up more packages to arrive on doorsteps without Amazon logos. Last week, the Ships in Product Packaging program expanded by […]
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Walmart this morning released its final results for Q4 and the just completed fiscal year, saying that Q4 revenue was $173.4 billion, up 5.7 percent from the same period a year ago.  Q4 operating income was up 13 percent to $7.3 billion. US same store sales for the quarter were up four percent. Global e-commerce […]

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