December 18, 2014

Meijer made the holidays very merry for 213 unsuspecting customers recently when those shoppers received a big surprise upon checkout – their entire shopping cart filled with gifts and groceries given to them as a holiday gift. 

December 18, 2014

When it comes to making online selections, Christmas shoppers are better late than never.

December 17, 2014

Retail e-commerce spending from desktop computers for the first 44 days of the November-December 2014 holiday season totaled $42.5 billion, up 15% versus the corresponding days last year. According to comScore.

December 16, 2014

The top holiday purchase items this year range from the less personal to the very personal. 

December 16, 2014

Target Corp. is aiming last-minute holiday promotions at users of its Cartwheel mobile savings app and customers in need of product delivery or pickup. 

December 16, 2014

Holiday shoppers who are having second thoughts about counting on Santa’s elves to build them toys have a new option.

December 11, 2014

Fifty-one percent of consumers say saving money is their top priority this holiday season, and  40% are driven by finding the right product.

December 3, 2014

Consumers who dread getting caught under the mistletoe may want to avoid their local TGI Fridays for a while.

December 1, 2014

Despite some of the most promotional activity and extended operating hours the retail industry has ever seen, total spending for the four-day Black Friday weekend came in below projections, down a surprising 11.3% from last year.

November 26, 2014

As the official kick-off of the holiday season approaches, your core online holiday campaigns are all wrapped up and ready for holiday shoppers. This year, it is expected that online consumer spending will rise 16% over last year to approximately $60 billion, according to the comScore forecast.

November 25, 2014

As the official kick-off of the holiday season approaches, your core online holiday campaigns are all wrapped up and ready for holiday shoppers. 

November 20, 2014

Best Buy on Thursday reported unexpectedly strong and better-than-expected profit and sales for the third quarter, gaining new momentum as it heads into the holiday shopping season. 

November 20, 2014

Senior middle-market retail executives are cautiously optimistic about the upcoming holiday season. 

November 20, 2014

A survey by Prosper Insights & Analytics finds that while overall holiday spending plans are up this holiday season, shoppers will still be looking for sales and big discounts and spending only what they have to, making waves for retailers to navigate this year.

November 18, 2014

Black Friday (Nov. 28) is expected to be the busiest shopping day of 2014. According to data from in-store analytics provider RetailNext, it will be followed in order by four days in December: Dec. 20, 21, 13 and 19.

November 17, 2014

Build-A-Bear Workshop Inc. is offering an exclusive holiday app, “Santa's Merry Mission.” On the Team Santa site, children can take a personality quiz to determine which of the eight reindeer is their favorite, and then follow the steps to create their own plush toy. 

November 17, 2014

Nearly four-fifths of holiday shoppers (79%) begin their holiday shopping prior to Thanksgiving weekend.

November 17, 2014

During the 2014 holiday season, marketers will run more campaigns on Facebook than any other social network.

November 17, 2014

Two in three (66%) consumers purchasing holiday gifts exceeds their budget, typically by $116.

November 14, 2014

With momentum picking up as the holiday shopping season approaches, retailers polled in Levin Management’s 2014 Pre-Holiday Retail Sentiment Survey are showing strong enthusiasm for seasonal sales potential.

November 12, 2014

A recent survey by the National Retail Federation found that 20 to 40 % of small and mid-sized retailers’ annual sales occur within the last two months of the year.

November 10, 2014

The competition for the holiday shopper continues with the news that Target Corp. is kicking off the holiday season extra early this year, with plans to offer early access to Black Friday deals for one-day only on Nov. 10, a pre-sale on Nov. 26, and a 6 p.m. store opening on Thanksgiving evening.

November 7, 2014

Toys ‘R Us Inc. on Friday announced an array of holiday marketing initiatives along with the news that its stores  will open at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day Thursday, Nov. 27, the same time as 2013, and will remain open through 11 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 28, offering doorbusters and deals.

November 6, 2014

Online prices are expected to hit rock bottom on Thanksgiving Day, lower than on any other day during the holiday season.