Holidays: Page 4


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    The Backroom: How the holidays are shaping up

    With the first sales events of the season already come and gone, the team looks at the clues of how it will go this year.

    By Retail Dive Staff • Oct. 26, 2023
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    Retail inventories are under control ahead of holidays: NRF CEO

    Matthew Shay said inventory-to-sales ratios' return to pre-pandemic levels and his conversations with retail executives suggest the period of inflated stock levels are over.

    By Edwin Lopez • Oct. 26, 2023
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    Inside the 2023 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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    Inside J.C. Penney’s holiday marketing strategy

    On the heels of a new $1 billion turnaround plan, the retailer’s seasonal push includes paid creators, video ads and a “Penney Prepper” challenge.

    By Jessica Deyo • Oct. 25, 2023
  • September retail sales signal tepid holiday spending

    This year, frugal consumers will likely continue to be careful and prioritize spending on experiences over goods, analysts say.

    By Oct. 24, 2023
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    Why holiday spending is going to the dogs

    As prep for the holidays begins, pets are increasingly landing on consumers’ gift-buying lists — sometimes over other family members.

    By Oct. 24, 2023
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    Holiday spend expected to reach $1.6 trillion: ICSC

    While more consumers plan to spend more this holiday season, a new survey suggests they will shop at fewer stores.

    By Tatiana Walk-Morris • Oct. 23, 2023
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    Walmart, Angi partner on holiday light installation

    Shoppers can purchase help from a professional Angi installer via QR codes in Walmart stores. 

    By Oct. 23, 2023
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    Gap looks to its heritage for ‘Gifted’ holiday marketing campaign

    The seasonal effort includes a slew of partnerships and will span digital media, out-of-home, video, social media and Gap brand channels.

    By Jessica Deyo • Oct. 23, 2023
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    Zulily pushes ‘Slay Button’ with Jonathan Van Ness for holidays

    The button features five affirmations from the “Queer Eye” star designed to uplift moms during the often-chaotic shopping season.

    By Jessica Deyo • Oct. 23, 2023
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    Kohl’s debuts front-of-store holiday gift shops

    The retailer is rolling out deals, expanding its product assortment and launching a holiday gift guide at a critical time for the company. 

    By Tatiana Walk-Morris • Oct. 20, 2023
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    Etsy guarantees on-time delivery during the holidays

    The e-commerce company is offering full refunds for gifts not delivered by their estimated date.

    By Oct. 19, 2023
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    Holiday spending to surpass pre-pandemic levels: Deloitte

    Shoppers are increasing their holiday budgets across income levels, but for those starting to repay student loans nearly half may cut back on spending.

    By Tatiana Walk-Morris • Oct. 18, 2023
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    What holiday hiring efforts look like in 2023

    As one of the latest to announce, Nordstrom said it plans to hire “thousands of employees” for store, supply chain and customer service roles.

    By Retail Dive Staff • Updated Nov. 6, 2023
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    Toy retail rides pop culture wave to new heights

    Leaders at Amazon and Mattel say movies and nostalgia help drive strong consumer interest for iconic brands ahead of the holiday shopping season.

    By Oct. 16, 2023
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    The Weekly Closeout: Nordstrom names HR chief and M&Ms wants to save the day this Halloween

    Lisa Price returned to the department store, while the candy brand partnered with Gopuff to deliver last-minute treats on the holiday.

    By Retail Dive Staff • Oct. 13, 2023
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    Prime Big Deal Days beat last year’s fall sale, Amazon says

    The e-commerce giant said hundreds of millions of items sold but didn't disclose exactly how much consumers spent during the event. 

    By Oct. 13, 2023
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    Nearly half of Gen Z will buy holiday gifts on social media, survey finds

    Many in the generation expect to spend more than last year and will shop earlier if retailers introduce discounts sooner, according to a Shopify report.

    By Tatiana Walk-Morris • Oct. 13, 2023
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    Anthropologie, Pinterest partner on holiday showhouse

    The companies are merging in-person and digital shopping through unique QR codes in every room of its Brooklyn Heights pop-up. 

    By Tatiana Walk-Morris • Oct. 12, 2023
  • Halloween is a $12B business. Why that couldn’t save Party City

    The specialty retailer relies heavily on the holiday, but growing participation and spending wasn't enough to spare it from bankruptcy.

    By Oct. 10, 2023
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    Big Lots kicks off weekly Black Friday deals

    The retailer is encouraging shoppers to come into stores to take advantage of big deals after two quarters of losses. 

    By Tatiana Walk-Morris • Oct. 9, 2023
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    US online holiday sales to surpass $221B this year: Adobe

    More spending will occur on mobile devices than computers for the first time, and shoppers are expected to use buy now, pay later services, per the report.

    By Tatiana Walk-Morris • Oct. 6, 2023
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    Consumers look to Amazon first for online Halloween shopping: report

    According to Jungle Scout, 44% of respondents turned to the e-commerce giant first, but just 10% would do the same for specialty Halloween websites.

    By Oct. 5, 2023
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    Target launches immersive toy experience

    Online shoppers can explore a virtual room of products, as the retailer pushes affordable toys for the holiday season. 

    By Tatiana Walk-Morris • Oct. 4, 2023
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    Gen Z headed to malls this holiday season: report

    Nearly half of young shoppers said they'll do their holiday shopping at malls as consumers plan to spend less on gifts.

    By Tatiana Walk-Morris • Oct. 3, 2023
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    Credit card debt tops $1 trillion, before the holidays even arrive

    Retailers may feel the pinch, especially those whose own store cards are facing rising delinquencies and a potential cap on late fees.

    By Oct. 2, 2023