Christmas and holiday season

Holiday 2020 Retail Sales Off to a Double-Digit Start, Reports NPD

Thursday, November 26, 2020 - 9:30am

This may still prove to be a very challenging holiday season at retail, which means the focus could shift from sales volume to profit margin for those industries and retailers that are lagging."

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  • This may still prove to be a very challenging holiday season at retail, which means the focus could shift from sales volume to profit margin for those industries and retailers that are lagging."
  • Holiday shoppers who planned to start shopping on Black Friday intend to spend an average of $643, less than early shoppers, and other traditional peak period shoppers.2
    Average planned holiday spending for this year, based on when holiday shoppers planned to begin shopping.
  • The hottest categories so far this holiday shopping season continue to be led by technology products.
  • But as holiday promotions increased, there was movement among the growth drivers in the first two weeks of November.

2020 Stopping Cyber Monday? Not Hardly!

Wednesday, November 25, 2020 - 3:00pm

WASHINGTON, Nov. 25, 2020 /PRNewswire/ --Even under normal circumstances not everyone can get together for in-person celebrations.

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  • WASHINGTON, Nov. 25, 2020 /PRNewswire/ --Even under normal circumstances not everyone can get together for in-person celebrations.
  • And while we can't fix your tech issues for the video celebrations, we can ensure your gifts arrive in time for the fun.
  • No matter what you order on Cyber Monday, or throughout the holiday season, you can Click-N-Chillwith the Postal Service as We Deliver for Yule.
  • For reporters interested in speaking with a regional Postal Service public relations professional, please go to about.usps.com/news/media-contacts/usps-local-media-contacts.pdf .

Majority of Americans Expect to Buy Gifts This Holiday Season Despite Tumultuous Year, but Many Cut From the Gift List According to New Quadpay Survey

Wednesday, November 25, 2020 - 2:02pm
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  • View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20201125005455/en/
    While a majority of Americans plan to buy gifts this holiday season, 35 percent are looking to maximize their spend this holiday season with buy now, pay later services (Graphic: Quadpay)
    Overall, all Americans are less likely to receive gifts this year.
  • Americans are prioritizing differently:
    Nearly twice the gifts will be bought for pets (21 percent) over grandparents (13 percent) this year.
  • Only 28 percent reported they are likely to give gifts to friends down from 49 percent in a typical year.
  • Kids, down 7 points to 39 percent, and partners (down to 42 percent from 48 percent) can still expect gifts.

Retail And Banking Leaders Project Optimistic Outlook During Extended Holiday Shopping Season

Wednesday, November 25, 2020 - 1:07pm

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 25, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Retail and banking industry leaders came together during The Rollout Event, hosted virtually by RetailSpaces.

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  • PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 25, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Retail and banking industry leaders came together during The Rollout Event, hosted virtually by RetailSpaces.
  • Despite the pandemic, McGee, Boss and Almond provided an optimistic outlook for the retail industry due to retailers' ability to be flexible, pent-up customer demand and consumer's available liquidity.
  • "ICSC is forecasting a solid holiday season with 1.9% growth year-over-year," said McGee.
  • "This holiday season will be longer for a variety of reasons, including retailers encouraging shoppers to get out earlier.

DJI's Holiday Gift Guide Minisite Will Help Shoppers Find The Best Drone And Camera For They Loved Ones

Wednesday, November 25, 2020 - 2:00am

SHENZHEN, China, Nov. 24, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- With the holiday season quickly approaching, DJI, the global leader in civilian drones and creative camera technology, has launced a Holiday Minisite to help shoppers select the best drone and camera gift options for their loved ones this year.

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  • SHENZHEN, China, Nov. 24, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- With the holiday season quickly approaching, DJI, the global leader in civilian drones and creative camera technology, has launced a Holiday Minisite to help shoppers select the best drone and camera gift options for their loved ones this year.
  • The Holiday Minisite will kick off with DJI's Black Friday Promotion this week, followed by Holiday Season Promotions in December.
  • For a more extensive list of gift ideas for your readers and story angles that may help with your holiday gift guide, please reach contact pr@dji.com to obtain a copy of the DJI Holiday Gift Guide.
  • The DJI Holiday Gift Guide highlights some of DJI's most popular products to help readers choose the perfect gift for their loved ones based on their passion and interests.

DJI's Holiday Gift Guide Minisite Will Help Shoppers Find The Best Drone And Camera For They Loved Ones

Wednesday, November 25, 2020 - 2:00am

SHENZHEN, China, Nov. 25, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- With the holiday season quickly approaching, DJI, the global leader in civilian drones and creative camera technology, has launced a Holiday Minisite to help shoppers select the best drone and camera gift options for their loved ones this year.

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  • SHENZHEN, China, Nov. 25, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- With the holiday season quickly approaching, DJI, the global leader in civilian drones and creative camera technology, has launced a Holiday Minisite to help shoppers select the best drone and camera gift options for their loved ones this year.
  • The Holiday Minisite will kick off with DJI's Black Friday Promotion this week, followed by Holiday Season Promotions in December.
  • For a more extensive list of gift ideas for your readers and story angles that may help with your holiday gift guide, please reach contact pr@dji.com to obtain a copy of the DJI Holiday Gift Guide.
  • The DJI Holiday Gift Guide highlights some of DJI's most popular products to help readers choose the perfect gift for their loved ones based on their passion and interests.

After a year of uncertainty, service contracts can offer holiday peace of mind for consumers

Tuesday, November 24, 2020 - 4:18pm

"Thankfully, service contracts give consumers peace of mind that when something breaks, they're covered."

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  • "Thankfully, service contracts give consumers peace of mind that when something breaks, they're covered."
  • These findings and others suggest that this Black Friday and holiday season, a service contract is the ultimate 2020 gift.
  • "Thankfully, service contracts give consumers peace of mind that when something breaks, they're covered.
  • Consumers purchase millions of service contracts annually, citing peace of mind and time saved tracking down repairs.

STACKTV Delivers Premium Holiday Programming Tied Up With a Bow

Tuesday, November 24, 2020 - 3:58pm

With thousands of hit shows live and on demand, there is snow place like STACKTV for non-stop entertainment magic this holiday season!

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  • With thousands of hit shows live and on demand, there is snow place like STACKTV for non-stop entertainment magic this holiday season!
  • STACKTV subscribers have full access to W Network, Canada's official home for the holidays.
  • FindYTV's Merry Everything programming on STACKTV for around-the-clock joy, beginning December 5 until December 27.
  • Also sliding down the STACKTV chimney is holiday programming on Global, including one-hour special 2020 Greatest Holiday Commercials Countdown, available to stream on Saturday, December 12 at 8 p.m.

The Tailored Branch Disrupts $582M Holiday Decor Market

Tuesday, November 24, 2020 - 2:54pm

SEATTLE, Nov. 24, 2020 /PRNewswire/ --The Tailored Branch announced the launch of a new e-commerce site offering customers Christmas tree decorations for rent .

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  • SEATTLE, Nov. 24, 2020 /PRNewswire/ --The Tailored Branch announced the launch of a new e-commerce site offering customers Christmas tree decorations for rent .
  • The Tailored Branch is the first company to rent pre-themed tree ornament kits to customers around the U.S.
  • With most Americans in holiday lock-down, The Tailored Branch enables the magic of the holidays to be as convenient as ever, especially during a pandemic.
  • FounderCrystal Menees, a corporate veteran, noticed an opportunity in the holiday dcor market and built The Tailored Branch to offer convenience, access to design, and a sustainable alternative to holiday dcor.

First Insight: Majority of Consumers Started Holiday Shopping Before Black Friday

Tuesday, November 24, 2020 - 2:00pm

As the holiday season approaches, a recent survey by First Insight, Inc. found that 56 percent of consumers have already begun their holiday shopping.

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  • As the holiday season approaches, a recent survey by First Insight, Inc. found that 56 percent of consumers have already begun their holiday shopping.
  • First Insight also found a 70-percent increase in the number of consumers planning to utilize curbside pickup this holiday season (34 percent) compared to last year (20 percent).
  • The survey of more than 1,000 consumers was fielded on November 10th.
  • Consumers report feeling comfortable shopping in most store formats; less so in shopping malls.