There are No Heroes Among Retailers at Thanksgiving

There are No Heroes Among Retailers at Thanksgiving

The Black Friday mania is starting to ramp up as evidenced in this Sunday’s newspapers coast-to-coast. Supposedly Christmas shoppers are cheering the blockbuster deals already. But no doubt you have seen percolating on social media the inevitable memes showing which retailers will “honor employees and their families” while staying closed on Thanksgiving day or evening. One looks like this: Retailers are falling all over each other to stake a claim by issuing high minded press releases that tout either not doing business or by offering deals so beneficial for families that they will want to shop on Thanksgiving. Do notRead more

Thanksgiving Shopping is the 21st Century Christmas

Thanksgiving Shopping is the 21st Century Christmas

Don’t kid yourself: if you thought the stores opening on Thanksgiving last year was horrible brace yourselves for even worse. Even though there was a huge outcry against malls and stores opening on Thanksgiving Day last year and even though there were enough online petitions to give retailers serious pause it is NOT going to change. The encroachment on Thanksgiving by Christmas sales is complete and will only get worse. Welcome to Christmas of the 21st century. Once again there is a brewing backlash. Staples, Game Stop and TJX Stores — that would be TJ Maxx, Marshalls and Home GoodsRead 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 openRead more

Black Friday Fights for Relevance

Black Friday Fights for Relevance

We have reached another milestone in the countdown to Christmas: there are about 100 days left until Black Friday. For more than a century Black Friday has been viewed as an unofficial beginning to the Christmas shopping season. For all the hype and bluster of Christmas creep the real serious marketing and buying and selling of Christmas does not really happen until the Thanksgiving turkey is bagged for leftovers. The tradition of pushing away from the Thanksgiving table to shop really picked up steam in the late 1930s when then president Franklin Roosevelt moved Thanksgiving up a full week, toRead 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.Read more

Can Cyber Monday Save Christmas for Retailers?

Can Cyber Monday Save Christmas for Retailers?

You might have noticed big lines in front of stores on Thanksgiving night. No doubt you saw all the traffic the “new Black Friday” hours created everywhere on Thursday evening. Maybe even you joined the frenzy and went shopping after a traditional dinner of turkey will all the fixings. Perhaps you think Black Friday was a huge success for retailers. You would be wrong. Black Friday 2014 was a dismal failure for retailers with some estimates topping 11 percent as the shortfall against previous year’s numbers. Retailers turn to Cyber Monday and online sales to pick up the slack storesRead 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 actuallyRead more

Which Stores are Open and Which are Closed on Thanksgiving

Which Stores are Open and Which are Closed on Thanksgiving

You are soon to be hit with a terrible choice. Will you side with those retailers who open on Thanksgiving Day or those who refuse to? More than anything else it may be your politics that make the choice for you. Seriously. If you’re conservative, you’re pro-Thanksgiving shopping. Evidently, you so love capitalism, the freedom to shop and Black Friday that you’ll head out even on the blessed day of Thanksgiving to support it all at places like Macy’s, Walmart and Kmart. You get your Black Friday news from BFads.net, you hang on every word in the so-called War onRead 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 ChristmasRead more

Look for Black Friday on Thursday from Now On

Look for Black Friday on Thursday from Now On

Black Friday is officially dead. While major retailers have not announced their official plans yet for opening hours this year the trend the last couple of years (pioneered by Kmart, thank you very much) has been to open on Thanksgiving. This year look for it to get a little crazier. That hasn’t come without a backlash. As Black Friday pushed first into Thursday night and then Thursday afternoon many rebelled. The fact that retail workers would have to miss Thanksgiving Day because of Christmas sales is just too much for many. Protests were lodged across the country. Now retailers areRead more