Macy’s Christmas Suits a Hot Trend in 2015

Macy’s Christmas Suits a Hot Trend in 2015

Macy’s is skipping right past the ugly Christmas sweater trend this year and going into the ugly Christmas suit business. For $99 you can either order online or walk into any of 310 Macy’s stores nationwide and pick of a dandy party favor like this: For as much as Macy’s would love to claim being cutting edge on this one they are really just riding the wave of popularity that these suits established last year in London. Just three years old, the OppoSuits brand is sold in high-end retailers and specialty boutiques across Europe. Macy’s began offering several of their styles on macys.com in August. “Macy’s is always looking for new ways to surprise and delight our customers by providingRead more

Retailers Starting to Avoid Thanksgiving Openings

Retailers Starting to Avoid Thanksgiving Openings

In recent years the waters of Black Friday were significantly muddied by retailers pushing store openings to Thanksgiving Day. The move resulted in both a public and employee backlash who prefer Thanksgiving as a time for family and personal time off. Social media campaigns were launched to boycott Thanksgiving sales and holiday traditionalists were quick to criticize the money-grab. But retailers insisted they had to do something to combat online retailer who were capturing sales during Thanksgiving hours. Now it appears offline retailers are starting to cave. More than a week ago troubled retailer Staples announced it would not open on Thanksgiving. And today, Game Stop has announced they will skip opening their stores on Thanksgiving too. Both retailers claimRead more

Neiman Marcus Christmas Catalog Debuts

Neiman Marcus Christmas Catalog Debuts

Like clockwork and on time the Neiman Marcus Christmas catalog makes its annual debut this week for the 89th year. The famous catalog is only famous for the absurdity of the suggested gifts that nobody actually buys. In years past the catalog has offered everything from lunch with notable figures to exotic cars that would be street legal in only the most obscure of places. This year’s catalog is no less extreme. Each catalog features at least one car. This year is a Mustang convertible — an offering that might, on the surface, leave some folks considering it as a possibility. But this isn’t your Daddy’s Mustang. This is a special $95,000 edition painted special for the 50th anniversary ofRead more

32 Million Americans Already Christmas Shopping

32 Million Americans Already Christmas Shopping

A new survey by CreditCards.com has media analysts in shock: more than 32 million Americans have already started their Christmas shopping, the survey reveals. That seems to fly in the face of a media-generated figure that 70 percent of Americans are “annoyed” by Christmas creep. Of course — they only surveyed about 1000 people. But claiming it is scientific anyway, CreditCards.com concludes that online shopping is growing in popularity with a full 14 percent now saying they prefer to do it all online. And the younger the age group the less likely that any kind of Christmas shopping has been done. Even still, the survey shows that at least 1 in five is going to wait until Christmas Eve toRead more

Hot Products for Christmas 2015

Hot Products for Christmas 2015

More than 100 days remain until Christmas and already it may be too late to get some of the hot products this Christmas has to offer. Kicking off Labor Day weekend was “Force Friday”, the first day of sales for new Star Wars toys at stores like Toys R Us, Walmart and Target. If Tuesday morning walk-thrus are any indication it appears sales have been brisk and several items have already sold through. Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens on December 18th and anticipation has been hyped to its highest level, with fans clamoring for new previews or anything else associated with the release of the movie. Expect Star Wars toys to continue to sell well and to even beRead more

Five Ways to Save Money on Christmas in August

Five Ways to Save Money on Christmas in August

Not many have Christmas yet on their mind as the calendar turns to August. But this is actually a great time of year to save money items you purchase to either use or gift at Christmas. Here is what’s cheap in the dog days of summer: 1. Purchase travel – Planning a Christmas getaway? Buy those tickets now, especially for airfare – they won’t get any cheaper between now and Thanksgiving. Hotel accommodations won’t necessarily be cheap but they will be less expensive now than they will be later – and reservations now will at least you ensure you get the accommodations you want. Shop around. So many are traveling right now that bookings for December are especially plentiful andRead more

Amazon Fires the First Shot of Christmas Selling 2015

Amazon Fires the First Shot of Christmas Selling 2015

Christmas in July is typically limited to Hallmark’s new line of ornaments and QVC’s heat-of-summer Christmas shows. But Amazon has quietly lobbed the first bomb in the annual fight for Christmas selling dominance. The online retailer will hold a “Christmas-in-July” event that Amazon management promises will be better than Black Friday. The e-commerce giant is calling its special sales day Prime Day, after its $99-a-year program that gives customers free two-day shipping and free access to streaming movies and TV shows. It will take place July 15. Discounts will be rolled out as often as every 10 minutes, Amazon promised. The catch? you have to be a Prime member to take part in the sale. (Many online tip sites noteRead more

Realities of the New Black Friday

Realities of the New Black Friday

Christmas lands on December 25th. That is the constant — the north star of retailing and the deadline on the mind of every Christmas shopper. In an age where confusion reigns of when to get the best deal and where to get it the simple fact remains that Christmas is unchangeable. That seems to be lost on both merchant and Christmas shopper these days. Black Friday used to be so simple. It was on Friday, the day after Thanksgiving. And by “day” we mean, 8 a.m. That, of course, has been messed with in the extreme. Now Black Friday actually falls on a Thursday and, depending upon the retailer you talk to, it begins at different times. For Kmart, itRead more

Consumers Cry Cash is King Over Credit Cards

Consumers Cry Cash is King Over Credit Cards

The credit card breach at Target stores during the 2013 Christmas shopping season affected 70 million shoppers from Black Friday forward. The effects of that event have been far reaching. Target suffered a horrible holiday sales period and has since struggled to recover. The whole nasty situation has left a hesitant taste in the mouth of consumers, nearly half of which surveys show will spend with cash this Christmas instead of plastic. Consumers are not only cautious because of Target alone. Since that historic breach there have been dozens of retailers and national chains such as Kmart, Home Depot, Jimmy Johns, and Michael’s hit by similar events where private credit card data was stolen or compromised. Target, naturally, wants toRead more

UPS Asks Retailers to Spread Out Last Minute Christmas Deals

UPS Asks Retailers to Spread Out Last Minute Christmas Deals

UPS famously blew the delivery of Christmas to millions last year. And they think it is unfair for them to shoulder the blame. When gift givers purchased goodies from online retailers who “guaranteed” overnight delivery for last minute purchases UPS’ delivery system was pushed beyond capacity and a lot of stuff didn’t get delivered until after Christmas. This year UPS is taking steps to avoid a repeat. They have a new CEO, a hyped “new and improved” system and now they are asking retailers to spread the specials out and kill the last minute deals so that everyone gets Christmas delivered on-time. Atlanta-based UPS is asking e-commerce companies to hold big sales in mid-December rather than in the last daysRead more