Report: Holiday shipping and mailing activity grows
Port Washington, N.Y. — In the week following Thanksgiving 2013 (Dec. 1 – Dec. 7, 2013), sales of mailing and shipping products were up 13% to $13.3 million, compared the previous year (Nov. 25 – Dec. 1, 2012). In addition, new analysis from The NPD Group indicates that within shipping and mailing categories, wrapping sales were up 52%, mailer sales rose 17% and packing tape sales grew 14%.
By channel, mailing and shipping product sales rose 14% in the brick-and-mortar channel compared to the same period a year earlier and 3% online.
“The abbreviated period between Thanksgiving and Christmas kicked the holiday mailing and shipping season into gear quickly,” said Lora Morsovillo, president of the office supplies division at The NPD Group. “The week after Thanksgiving was the largest online sales week for mailing and shipping products in 2012, but with just three weeks to get gifts in the mail following the 2013 Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales, in store purchases were an even more popular option than usual this year. Consumers didn’t have as much time to wait for their shipping materials to ship.”
Shopkick partners with Sports Authority
Englewood, Colo. — Shopkick has partnered with Sports Authority. All Shopkick users will earn "kicks" just for walking in, browsing special offers throughout the store, scanning products and making purchases at Sports Authority store locations.
“We are excited to partner with Shopkick nationwide,” said Mike E. Foss, CEO of Sports Authority. “Their innovative application engages our customers in a new and compelling way, offering added benefit to shop at Sports Authority.”
Pier 1 boosts net income, sales
Fort Worth, Texas – Pier 1 Imports boosted net income and sales during the third quarter of fiscal 2014 compared to the same period in the prior year, partially aided by strong Thanksgiving weekend performance. Net income totaled $26.8 million, up 13% from $23.7 million.
Total sales for the third quarter were $465.5 million, a 9.6% increase from $424.5 million in the year-ago quarter.
Same-store sales rose 6.9%, primarily attributable to increases in conversion rate and higher average ticket.
“We’re pleased to deliver solid third quarter financial results,” stated Alex W. Smith, president and CEO. “Our unique and special merchandise assortments created a well-positioned value offer that resonated with our customers. Our more overtly promotional marketing stance drove strong traffic, and our store and e-commerce teams delivered on conversion. In fact, this year marked a new, all-time sales record for both Black Friday and the full post-Thanksgiving weekend.”
Looking ahead, Pier 1 predicts total sales growth in the high single-digit range and same-store sales growth in the mid-single-digit range for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2014. For the full fiscal year, Pier 1 expects total sales growth in the high single-digit range and same-store sales growth in the mid-single-digit range.