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How Amazon beats supply chain chaos with ships and long-haul planes

Since years AmazonIt has quietly been leasing aircrafts and chartering private cargo vessels to help manage the long shipping path of online orders. Amazon is making costly moves to avoid long waiting times at Long Beach and Los Angeles’ busiest ports.  CNBC’s Steve Ferreira, ocean freight analyst for Los Angeles told CNBC that there were […]

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Weeks ahead will test retailers’ lofty expectations

The Willow Grove Park Mall is Willow Grove in Pennsylvania. Shoppers climb and descend the escalator. November 14, 2020. Mark Makela | Reuters It is beginning to feel a bit like Christmas. This year, it might not. Retailers hope that consumers will continue to spend with only 24 days before the holiday. The Thanksgiving weekend […]

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Omicron fears could shift holiday spending to retail goods, NRF says

Black Friday Sales begin in Simpsonville at The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass on November 26, 2021. Reuters| Reuters During peak Thanksgiving weekend shopping, Americans purchased gifts. the discovery of the omicron variantThis story made national headlines, and it prompted public health officials to take action. Matt Shay of the National Retail Federation stated Tuesday […]

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Stage set for bigger beauty sales at Target, Kohl’s

Sephora store inside of a Kohl’s, Ulta Beauty store inside of a Target. Source: Kohl’s; Target Beauty has always been a popular holiday category. But this year, it is poised to grow even more. They aren’t limited to candles and perfumes for their friends or family. Shoppers are looking to refresh their makeup routines, replenish […]

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How deferred interest credit cards can cost you a lot of cash

Black Friday shoppers carry their purchases to a Best Buy in San Carlos (California), U.S.A, Friday, November 26, 2021. Bloomberg | Bloomberg | Getty Images Make sure to understand what you’re signing up for before you take advantage of a special discount or financing deal at a retailer. A majority of credit card companies offer […]

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Cyber Monday online sales drop 1.4% from last year to $10.7 billion, falling for the first time ever

Amazon.com Inc. Packages stand in front a FedEx Corp. Delivery Truck in New York. Getty Images| Bloomberg | Getty Images According to Adobe Analytics data, Monday’s online spending by consumers was $10.7 billion. This represents a decrease of 1.4% from the previous year. Adobe’s latest tally this year marks the first time Adobe has recorded […]

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Black Friday shopping in stores drops 28% from pre-pandemic levels

Black Friday Sales begin in Simpsonville at The Outlet Shoppes Bluegrass on November 26th, 2021. Shoppers are seated next to one another with bags purchased from different stores. Jon Cherry | Reuters Black Friday traffic dropped by 28.3% when compared to 2019, as Americans began shopping online earlier and shifted their spending more frequently, according […]

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Small Business holiday shopping is back, and maybe changed forever

A sign in Walnut Creek bakery, California that says “Thanks for supporting this local business” is displayed on a glass. It was placed in the bakery’s Walnut Creek location from September 15-2021. Photo courtesy Sftm. (Photo by Gado/Getty Images). Gado | Archive Photos | Getty Images Momentive Small Business Survey.|Momentive Small Business Survey. A third […]

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Sustainability is on the wish list this holiday season

SustainAble Home Goods offers a variety of eco-conscious items online, as well as cloth wrapping that can easily be reused. Source: SustainAble Home Goods Children might wake up Christmas morning looking for more handmade gifts than wrapping paper. Accenture surveyed 1,515 U.S. shoppers in August to find out their holiday plans. According to the survey, […]

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Online sales Thanksgiving weekend on track to top $200 billion, Adobe says

Shoppers arrive in King of Prussia early on Black Friday, and people take the elevator. Rachel Wisniewski | Reuters The holiday season’s online spending is expected to surpass $200 billion, although Thanksgiving sales are below projections according to Adobe Analytics data. This company tracks sales of consumers on retailer websites. According to Adobe, Thanksgiving Day […]