Holidays


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    How retailers are hiring for the holidays in 2022

    In preparation for demand, some companies are staffing for the season similarly to 2021 while others are reducing their efforts.

    By Retail Dive Team • Sept. 28, 2022
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    12 key dates of this holiday season: how to prepare for holiday early and drive profits

    Retailers have a huge opportunity to give holiday shoppers a reason to return, which will drive profitability and long-term growth.

    By Jason Fass and Kevin Fried • Sept. 27, 2022
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    A look at the 2022 holiday season

    Retailers are navigating excess inventory and cooling consumer demand. 

    By Retail Dive staff
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    Amazon, Target kick off holiday sales early

    The retailers are unleashing seasonal specials in early October, and more are likely to follow as inflation pushes consumers to seek out good deals.

    By Sept. 26, 2022
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    The Weekly Closeout: Home Depot employees move to unionize and Nike launches recycling program on Alipay

    Philadelphia workers for the home improvement retailer filed with the National Labor Relations Board, while the athletics brand partnered with Ant Group’s Green Energy Initiative.

    By Retail Dive Staff • Sept. 23, 2022
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    Walmart slows holiday hiring to 40K associates

    A year ago the big-box retailer was preparing to hire 150,000 seasonal workers.

    By Sept. 22, 2022
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    Target plans 100K seasonal hires as it looks to start discounts sooner

    The retailer’s holiday price match guarantee will begin Oct. 6, the same day that its Deal Days start.

    By Sept. 22, 2022
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    Macy’s partners with Kylie Cosmetics

    A limited-edition holiday collection featuring cosmetics, gift sets and ornaments will be available online and in select stores Oct. 1.  

    By Sept. 22, 2022
  • Halloween spending to surpass 2021 levels: NRF

    Participation in the holiday is expected to exceed pre-pandemic levels as shoppers return to old habits.

    By Tatiana Walk-Morris • Sept. 20, 2022
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    The Weekly Closeout: Amazon invests $450M in driver program and Bed Bath & Beyond interim CEO could stay another year

    The e-commerce giant will invest in benefits for its Delivery Service Partners, while Sue Gove will reportedly remain with the home retailer for now.

    By Retail Dive Staff • Sept. 16, 2022
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    Walmart leans into personalization with app, site upgrades

    The retailer added new recommendation and visualization functions to digital apparel shopping and upgraded its gift registries, among other changes. 

    By Sept. 14, 2022
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    Holiday spending to rise 7.1%: Mastercard

    In its latest report, the credit card company anticipates shoppers will want discounts this holiday season to combat rising inflation. 

    By Tatiana Walk-Morris • Sept. 14, 2022
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    Holiday sales growth expected to slow this season: report

    Inflation is projected to impact consumer spending overall, while e-commerce sales are expected to grow more this season according to Deloitte.

    By Sept. 13, 2022
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    Target partners with FAO Schwarz on exclusive, multiyear deal

    The retailer's stores will feature a dedicated space for the toy company, with demonstrations at select stores throughout the holiday season.

    By Sept. 12, 2022
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    Party City to hire 20,000 temporary employees in time for holiday season

    The theme party retailer said employees will work in 750 stores and 150 popups nationwide.

    By Aug. 31, 2022
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    UPS peak surcharges to affect large shippers expecting strong holiday demand

    The fee follows FedEx and the Postal Service announcing their own cost hikes.

    By Max Garland • Aug. 29, 2022
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    A must for your e-Commerce holiday strategy? A stellar customer experience

    Find out how to elevate your e-Commerce customer experience and why it matters this holiday season.

    Aug. 29, 2022
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    The Weekly Closeout: Farfetch invests in Yoox Net-A-Porter, and Belk sues GameStop and former CEO

    The retailer is taking over a 47.5% stake from Cartier-owner Richemont, and the department store accuses Nir Patel of poaching employees.

    By Retail Dive Staff • Aug. 26, 2022
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    How tensions between FedEx Ground and its contractors reached a boiling point

    The logistics giant's model for independent delivery providers is broken, an analyst said. One contractor is leading a push for change.

    By Max Garland • Aug. 26, 2022
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    Shoppers await price hikes, seek discounts ahead of the holidays: survey

    Consumers say they are stressed about purchasing gifts due to inflation, and 56% want to buy during sales events like Labor Day and Black Friday. 

    By Tatiana Walk-Morris • Aug. 24, 2022
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    Major FedEx Ground contractor to stop delivering if agreement isn’t reached by Black Friday

    Spencer Patton, who operates 225 routes in 10 states, has publicly pushed for better contract terms for delivery providers to account for inflationary pressures.

    By Max Garland • Aug. 24, 2022
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    Turn curiosity into customers this holiday season

    Today, omni and eCommerce retailers need to exceed the expectations of a new, intuitive shopper – a consumer that already expects a seamless experience that’s personalized to their needs.

    By Christina Brandeberry • Aug. 22, 2022
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    Rising prices have made shoppers choosey, budget-minded and less loyal — but they’re still spending

    With some relief at the pump for consumers in July, retail sales held steady against inflation. But the rest of the year could be tough as the holidays approach.

    By Aug. 18, 2022
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    Inflation drives shopping changes for 85% of consumers: survey

    Low- and middle-income consumers could bear the brunt of inflation, creating trouble for retailers this holiday season, Morning Consult suggests.

    By Tatiana Walk-Morris • Aug. 18, 2022
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    Amazon announces first peak season fee for its fulfillment services

    The e-commerce giant said it previously absorbed the higher cost of holiday shipping, but added that seasonal expenses have reached new heights.

    By Max Garland • Aug. 17, 2022
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    In the next few months, 60% of small retailers could shutter for good: report

    Inflation, rent hikes and lower consumer spending are among the challenges that some indie stores say are making things worse than during the pandemic.

    By July 19, 2022