Author Mike Duff

NRF: Thanksgiving Weekend Sales Meet Expectations

The annual survey Prosper Insights & Analytics conducts for the National Retail Federation demonstrated that, while not all up in 2020 versus 2019, the sales numbers for the Thanksgiving weekend period still demonstrated that the overall holiday season is on track to meet expectations.

Walmart Adds New Gift Shopping Features

This holiday season, Walmart has added new features to make online shopping easier for gift givers, the company announced, including new categories in the Gift Finder tool, new ways to inform customers which items can be sent as a gift and a new eGift Card feature in the Walmart app.

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New High Point Off-Market Events Debuting

With coronavirus-related shifts prompting buyers and vendors to consider new ways of doing business, opportunities for exhibitors to connect with retail customers via their High Point showrooms have emerged, according to the High Point Market Authority. For about 100 exhibitors, adaptive strategies include finding fresh ways to use their spaces at the venue to connect with buyers during off-market periods.

Placer: Early Shopping Stirs Change In Unique Holiday Season

According to a whitepaper report, the 2020 holiday shopping season kicked into high gear long before the leaves changed colors, with consumer concerns over unemployment and uncertainty about meeting-up with friends and families to exchange holiday gifts prompting consideration of new ways to celebrate, not to mention Amazon’s shift of Prime Day.

NRF: Holiday Sales To Gain Between 3.6% And 5.2%

In a complex retail marketplace roiled by the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Retail Federation forecast that sales in the November and December holiday season will gain between 3.6% and 5.2% this year versus the 2019 period to a total between $755.3 billion and $766.7 billion.

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