NRF: Imports Rise As Retailers Prepare For Holidays

Imports rose to unexpected high levels this summer and may have hit a new record as the U.S. economy continues to reopen and retailers stock up for the holiday season, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates.

Michaels Hiring For The Holidays

Looking ahead to the holiday season, Michaels said it will hire more than 16,000 seasonal workers across its store and distribution network in the U.S. and Canada.

Pampa Bay Offers Holiday Ribbons Promotion

As retailers are gearing up for the fourth quarter holiday shopping season, Pampa Bay has introduced 30 new items this summer. In addition, the company is offering customers 12 holiday ribbons at no charge with an order of $350.

Stage Stores Holiday Comps Rise

Stage Stores has reported comparable sales for the holiday period. For the nine-week period ended January 4, 2020, comparable sales increased 1.4% as compared to the nine-week period ended January 5, 2019.

Retailers Gear Up For Super Saturday Shoppers

Super Saturday (December 21) continues to be the biggest shopping day of the year with an estimated 147.8 million U.S. consumers expected to participate, up from 134.3 million last year, according to the annual survey released by the National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analytics.

November Retail Sales Lower Than Expected

Retail sales in November increased only 0.1% seasonally adjusted over October and were up 2.1% unadjusted year-over-year, the National Retail Federation reported. The numbers exclude automobile dealers, gasoline stations and restaurants.

eBay Previews Holiday Deals

With the holidays in mind, eBay has launched its Black Friday Preview sale across product categories including kitchenware, electronics, sneakers, toys, jewelry and apparel, all with free shipping.

Survey: More Consumers Favor Black Friday Store Shopping

More consumers in the U.S. said they intend to go into physical stores on Black Friday this year than in 2018, at 39%, up two points from the results in the same survey conducted last year from Genesys, which provides omnichannel customer experience and contact center services.

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