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.
Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus have opened updated urban department store formats in New York City, and while they are heavily apparel oriented, they have significant, meticulously merchandised housewares assortments with some home furnishings.
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.
Weeks before the Thanksgiving holiday and what traditionally was the start of the holiday shopping season, consumers have been out buying gifts. But for many, the annual trek to their favorite store or local mall has not yet begun.
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.
Walmart said it wants to help consumers make the most of this year’s shortened holiday season with several new initiatives.