Holidays


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    Toymaker Ty air ships products for the holidays to avoid port congestion

    More companies are taking their freight to the skies during the holidays, sacrificing the cost-effectiveness of ocean shipping.

    By Max Garland • Dec. 3, 2021
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    NRF: Thanksgiving weekend shoppers decline for second year in a row

    Consumers spent $301.27 on holiday purchases this year, down from $311.75 last year.

    By Tatiana Walk-Morris • Dec. 2, 2021
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    A look at the 2021 holiday season

    Retailers are navigating supply chain bottlenecks while consumers face renewed concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic.

    By Retail Dive staff
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    Why the best holiday deals this year are bad news

    Big promotions are hard to find this season, which could spell trouble for those retailers with deeper discounts.

    By Dec. 2, 2021
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    Buy now, pay later orders up 34% this holiday: Afterpay

    The service, which has been gaining steam over the past several years, proved especially useful over the Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping periods.

    By Tatiana Walk-Morris • Dec. 2, 2021
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    Toys R Us to open new flagship at American Dream mall

    The two-story, 20,000-square-foot store is set to open in mid-December and marks yet another brick-and-mortar comeback for the brand. 

    By Dec. 1, 2021
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    Walmart, Hollister open AR holiday stores in Snapchat

    The Snap Holiday Market and new augmented reality shopping Lenses are the platform's latest efforts to merge commerce with social media.

    By Chris Kelly • Dec. 1, 2021
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    The Bay debuts tech-enabled pop-up shop for the holidays

    Shoppers can make purchases by scanning QR codes and checking out on their phones. The store also offers a buy now, pay later option.

    By Tatiana Walk-Morris • Dec. 1, 2021
  • Majority of US retailers, critical infrastructure unscathed after holiday cyber warnings

    Industry averted a major cyber incident amid warnings from the FBI and CISA, though Ikea fought to contain a sophisticated phishing attack.

    By David Jones • Dec. 1, 2021
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    Cyber Monday sales edge down to $10.7B as consumers make a dent in their holiday shopping

    Online sales fell 1.4% year over year, but the red-letter event was still the biggest shopping day of the year so far, Adobe said.

    By Nov. 30, 2021
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    Winners and losers of Black Friday 2021

    Vaccinations have made in-store shopping possible and even fun, but this holiday season remains complicated.

    By Nov. 27, 2021
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    The Backroom: Another disruptive holiday season

    Vaccines have changed the shopping landscape this year, as have supply chain bottlenecks. Retail Dive reporters look at how the season is playing out.

    By Retail Dive Staff • Nov. 25, 2021
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    On-time rates dip for USPS and UPS, climb for FedEx ahead of holidays: Convey

    Staffing shortages and upstream supply chain issues are slowing deliveries for last-mile parcel carriers, Convey by project44 said.

    By Max Garland • Nov. 24, 2021
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    Walmart to host Twitter's first shoppable livestream in quest to conquer social commerce

    A 30-minute variety program led by singer Jason Derulo is one piece of an expansive content playbook around the holiday season.

    By Peter Adams • Nov. 24, 2021
  • Off-price retailers best Q3 expectations but brace for the holidays

    The segment is mostly overcoming supply challenges while benefiting from full-price sales at other retailers, as consumers grapple with inflation.

    By Nov. 23, 2021
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    Target to keep stores closed on Thanksgiving for good

    After two years of temporarily shutting locations on the holiday, CEO Brian Cornell told workers that the company will continue doing so moving forward.

    By Nov. 23, 2021
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    NPD: Fragrance expected to boost beauty sales this holiday

    More than a quarter of U.S. shoppers are planning to buy a beauty product for the holidays, the report found.

    By Nov. 23, 2021
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    'You can almost taste the hot chocolate': Why catalogs are still winning holiday marketing

    As digital advertising becomes less reliable and more expensive, retailers are turning back to print to win over consumers during peak season.

    By Nov. 22, 2021
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    ICSC: 86% of consumers will shop over Thanksgiving weekend

    Shoppers are nearly evenly split in their decision to shop in stores versus online on Thanksgiving Day. 

    By Tatiana Walk-Morris • Nov. 19, 2021
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    Kohl's enjoys some upside from inventory scarcity

    Margins spiked and inventory turn reached a 10-year high as product levels came in 25% below 2019 amid shipping delays. 

    By Nov. 19, 2021
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    Bed Bath & Beyond launches holiday-inspired private label

    H for Happy, which features seasonal kitchen, bath and home decor, completes the retailer's goal of introducing at least eight private labels in fiscal 2021.

    By Nov. 18, 2021
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    Target addresses out-of-stock fears, raises holiday sales outlook

    With inventory levels up over $2 billion compared to last year, executives are confident the retailer can meet end-of-year demand.

    By Nov. 17, 2021
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    Paper Source opens holiday shop-in-shops within Barnes & Noble stores

    Now owned by the same company, this is just the first "experiment" of bringing the two brands together.

    By Tatiana Walk-Morris • Nov. 17, 2021
  • ThredUp: Supply chain challenges could push shoppers to thrift this season

    Discounts, environmental concerns and item rarity are drivers for secondhand purchases, the resale marketplace found.

    By Tatiana Walk-Morris • Nov. 16, 2021
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    Stockout notifications up 325% from 2019: Adobe

    Retailers are ordering extra inventory and adjusting their operations to meet this year's holiday demand.

    By Tatiana Walk-Morris • Nov. 16, 2021
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    Alibaba's 13th Singles Day festival exceeds $84B

    This year the retailer focused on its sustainability efforts and highlighted the success of hundreds of participating brands.

    By Tatiana Walk-Morris • Nov. 15, 2021