Holidays: Page 2


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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
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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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    Retail braces for the second half of the year, as cautious shoppers pay more but get less

    June’s retail sales reflect a drastic change for consumers, who were supported by the government last year but are now squeezed by inflation.

    By July 18, 2022
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    Amazon schedules Prime Day for mid-July

    Most U.S. Prime members plan to shop the sale, but there’s evidence they’ll be cautious about spending and will also seek out deals at rivals.

    By June 16, 2022
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    5 ways to maximize your revenue this Mother's Day

    Gifters are eager to spoil their moms this year. So why not dazzle them during their hunt for the perfect gift?

    By Melissa Lagomarsino • April 25, 2022
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    Urban Outfitters taps Club Monaco vet to lead namesake brand

    The company's fourth quarter momentum petered out in January as shipping costs weighed on margins and traffic to stores fell off.

    By Feb. 11, 2022
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    Google's retail bets pay off during topsy-turvy holidays, ad revenue tops $61B

    The tech giant is eyeing more shoppable opportunities in livestreaming, while its TikTok clone YouTube Shorts enters the "super early" testing phase. 

    By Peter Adams • Feb. 2, 2022
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    Adobe: Holiday e-commerce topped $204B in the US

    Online spending rose nearly 9% compared to last year, though typical red-letter days like Black Friday and Cyber Monday took a back seat.

    By Jan. 13, 2022
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    How retailers weathered the holidays in 2021

    Some have raised their Q4 guidance after a successful season, while others suffered from supply chain challenges and soft foot traffic.

    By , Jan. 13, 2022
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    Holiday hiring in retail dropped 7%

    New analysis from Challenger, Gray & Christmas shows seasonal jobs fell to their lowest levels since 2016 as COVID-19 surged once again. 

    By Jan. 12, 2022
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    Global online sales exceed $1 trillion during the holidays: Salesforce

    Despite external challenges, consumers continued to splurge online.

    By Maria Monteros • Jan. 12, 2022
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    Holiday rewind: How the shopping experience changed in 2021

    From the return of Macy's Santa visits to augmented reality stores, holiday shopping took on a new form.  

    By , , , , , Maria Monteros • Jan. 10, 2022
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    Holiday spending slowed in December but remained above 2020 levels, data shows

    Earlier shopping and the omicron variant shifted spending patterns in the season's home stretch, but sales were still robust, analyses show.

    By Jan. 7, 2022
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    Retailers tailor holiday paid social to Gen Z, with YouTube grabbing biggest spend

    The findings show Gen Z wields growing purchasing power and is more comfortable buying through apps as social commerce booms.

    By Peter Adams • Jan. 6, 2022
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    Report: Over a third of shoppers plan to return a gift this season

    Holiday sales were expected to surge this year, which could also spell higher returns for retailers now that the season is over.

    By Tatiana Walk-Morris • Jan. 5, 2022
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    Victoria's Secret reiterates Q4 guidance, begins $250M share buyback

    The lingerie retailer made dramatic changes last year that are already paying off financially.

    By Jan. 4, 2022
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    Podcast

    The Backroom: Our traditional interview with the retail prophet, Doug Stephens

    While the pandemic isn't over, 2021 seemed to show that physical locations remain important to retail. But each store must have something to offer.

    By Dec. 30, 2021
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    Opinion

    Returns are the new growth strategy

    To benefit from returns, retailers need to enhance the customer experience, optimize costs and preserve revenue, write Alvarez & Marsal's Michael Simoncic and Alfredo Lozano.

    By Michael Simoncic and Alfredo Lozano • Dec. 23, 2021
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    Pandemic headlines may be deterring last-minute shoppers

    Super Saturday's traffic declines indicate that news of the omicron variant may be interfering with consumer confidence, which could worsen in the new year.

    By Dec. 22, 2021
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    J.C. Penney taps DoorDash for same-day delivery just ahead of holidays

    The department store retailer is building out its omnichannel capabilities as it tries to secure a lasting turnaround after last year's bankruptcy. 

    By Dec. 20, 2021
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    Can this year's department store recovery last?

    The sector is having a good holiday season after bouncing back this year as consumers refreshed their closets. But its problems haven't gone away.

    By Dec. 20, 2021
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    Consumers could return $66.7B in holiday merchandise this year

    For retailers, the cost of returns is also going up, according to a report from CBRE.

    By Tatiana Walk-Morris • Dec. 17, 2021
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    Nike, Etsy's mobile apps were 'climbers' this holiday season: report

    More than half of mobile shoppers downloaded at least one new shopping app ahead of the holiday season, according to Digital Turbine.

    By Tatiana Walk-Morris • Dec. 16, 2021
  • True Religion touts 'record' Cyber Week sales

    The company is leaning into a DTC transformation after filing for bankruptcy in 2020.

    By Tatiana Walk-Morris • Dec. 15, 2021
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    Retailers add 7.5% fewer seasonal jobs than last year: report

    The October and November 2021 figures were the lowest for the retail sector since 2016, according to Challenger, Gray and Christmas. 

    By Tatiana Walk-Morris • Dec. 15, 2021