Holiday & Events

Articles about holidays and special retail events.

  1. Holiday & Events
Michaels and PetSmart might not seem like the most logical marketing partners (although cats do love to play with yarn), but they are nevertheless teaming up for a limited-time holiday cross-promotion. Michaels’ email subscribers have received a 20% off PetSmart coupon (good through Dec. 10 and only in the U.S.), while members of the PetSmart […]
  1. Channel: Restaurants
  It looks as if this is going to be one of the best holiday seasons for the restaurant sector, and that is simply good news according to Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®. Yes, consumers are choosing restaurants this holiday season, according to a new National Restaurant Association survey showing two-thirds (63 […]
  1. Holiday & Events
​[[“value”:” Dive Brief The brand continues to defy expectations, but may finally be approaching a plateau as competition rises and consumers remain cautious. Published Dec. 8, 2023 A Lululemon mall store. The brand opened 14 net new stores in Q3, ending with 686, and has plans for about 25 more by the end of the […]
  1. Stores & Formats
Axios has a story about how “shopping malls across the country are adding lifestyle experiences and off-kilter attractions to draw in consumers in the age of e-commerce … New attractions range from ice rinks and huge entertainment venues to niche gyms.” And, of course, pickleball. The story notes that “workplaces have also spilled into malls. […]
  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
Amazon is piloting an add-on grocery subscription for Prime members in three cities that will give members access to unlimited grocery delivery on orders over $35 from Whole Foods Market and Amazon Fresh, as well as unlimited 30-minute pickup on orders of any size. The service — which is being tested in Denver, Sacramento, Calif. […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Google really didn’t have to exaggerate. When the company introduced Gemini this week — its stunning new AI model that beat OpenAI on multiple benchmarks and understands both text and images — it delivered a product that lived up to months of hype. Yet, as the company showed it to the world, it embellished. In […]
  1. International
​[[“value”:” This audio is auto-generated. Please let us know if you have feedback. It’s been another week with far more retail news than there is time in the day. Below, we break down some things you may have missed during the week, and what we’re still thinking about. From Rent the Runway’s decision to restructure […]
  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
Both Walmart CEO Doug McMillon and Amazon CEO Andy Jassy appeared on CNBC yesterday, making observations about their businesses and the current consumer environment. McMillon’s comments included: •  “We’re continuing to see traffic growth in store, plus even more transaction growth for pickup, curbside and delivery. As a company our in store business is continuing […]
  1. Partnerships & Alt Profit
LOS ANGELES, CA — Entertainment and talent executives have launched SonderCo, a new agency dedicated to innovating and deepening the way brands partner with talent, intellectual property, and other brands to create mutual long-term business value. Building on his experience helping make MasterClass a global brand through talent partnerships, Sean Akaks, former Head of Business […]
  1. Department: HBC
Lots or response to yesterday’s FaceTime, in which I went to McDonald’s to road test the supposedly new-and-improved burgers that have been seven years in the making. MNB reader Barbara Watters wrote: Love the morning FaceTimes.  Your McDonald’s segment had me remembering my recent Big Mac a few weeks ago.  Blah and bleg.  The flavor […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
Picture this: You’re invited to an event hosted by your male friends in their late twenties. It’s not a birthday party or engagement, or even New Years’. No – it’s a glitter-filled Eurovision party. Passing revelers dressed as ABBA and Conchita Wurst, you sip on non-alcoholic beer and cheers to good times. The winner’s announced, […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
The peak holiday season usually brings a welcome boost in sales and festive cheer for merchants. Known shopping events such as Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Thanksgiving, and Christmas pique consumer interest and lead to increased customer traffic. But while you might support year-end customer activities with festive purchase options, there’s a potential threat to all […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
As the holiday season nears, artificial intelligence is transforming retail marketing in the beauty sector. However, responsible AI usage is crucial to maintaining trust with wary consumers. Our VisualGPS research revealed that in 2023, AI makes 63 percent of Americans very nervous, rising from 53 percent in 2022. So, as AI-generated visual content enters the […]
  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
USA Today reports that Pizza Hut has come up with a new idea for holiday tipping – “Customers of the pizza chain can order a doormat with a barcode that delivery drivers from any company can scan to get $25 worth of Pizza Hut food … Starting Wednesday, Dec. 6, customers can order a Reverse […]
  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
In a recent survey, Prime Student found that 79% of college students are saving up for travel, with 43% of those students prioritizing a trip home to see family or a friend. Amazon Prime is helping these students get home for the holidays through a partnership with StudentUniverse, a travel deal aggregator. Through a special […]
  1. Department: Consumer Durables
The Lego Group and Epic Games will introduce Lego Fortnite, a new survival crafting game, on Dec. 7, 2023. Designed for people of all ages, the game is designed to encourage creativity, experimentation and collaboration through play. This is the first play experience introduced since Lego and Epic Games announced their partnership in 2023, with […]
  1. Operations & Supply Chain
Reuters reports that “as holiday shoppers return items purchased during Black Friday and Cyber Monday online shopping sprees, more U.S. retailers could tell them to keep items that cost more to ship back than they are worth. “This year, 59% of retailers offer so-called ‘returnless’ or ‘keep it’ policies for unwanted products whose returns costs […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
There was a meme circulating around social media last week of an agency marketer rambling in a “thought leadership” interview on TikTok. I have no idea if it was parody or real. Or more accurately, if it was intentional or accidental parody. It was a jumbled jubilee of buzzword bingo – personalization, data, brand, experience, […]
  1. Holiday & Events
​[[“value”:” Dive Brief The retailer is rolling out aggressive holiday deals this month giving shoppers the opportunity to earn Kohl’s Cash daily through Dec. 24. Published Dec. 4, 2023 By Tatiana Walk-Morris A Kohl’s storefront. The retailer has faced sales declines and an abrupt change in leadership this year. Courtesy of Kohl’s “]] 
  1. Technology & Innovation
Currys has unveiled the first suite of products available via its retail media network, Currys Connected Media. This allows partnered brands to understand, reach and engage millions of customers online and in-store. Brands such as Samsung, Acer and Hisense are harnessing the offering, which is built on solutions from partners including Circana, Epsilon and Criteo. […]
  1. Media & Marketing
Walmart said last week that it is getting into the romantic comedy business, creating a 23-part online series called “Add to Heart” that it describes as “a first-of-its-kind shoppable commercial series featuring items at the top of holiday wish lists, making it seamless for customers to watch, shop and swoon with each scene … Customers […]
  1. Stores & Formats
Goodwill Industries of Greater New York and Northern New Jersey (Goodwill NYNJ) has opened its first Mini Shop & Donation Drop location in Manhattan’s Upper East Side (UES). The 1,000-square-foot Goodwill Mini Shop & Donation Drop is a smaller-format store compared to traditional Goodwill stores and Donation Centers, and it offers a curated selection of pre-loved donated goods including […]
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The National Retail Federation (NRF) has updated a report that had attributed “nearly half” of 2021’s $94.5 billion in retail shrink to organized retail crime, saying the data point was part of two-year-old testimony to a U.S. Senate committee by Ben Dugan, former President of the Organized Retail Crime Resource Center. The NRF report was […]