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

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

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

Merry Podcast #42 — Christmas from Italy

Merry Podcast #42 — Christmas from Italy

The Christmas music contributions of Italian-American crooner Perry Como is explored from a career that spanned 60 years. The timeless classics such as There’s No Place Like Home for the Holidays and It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas are just the beginning of what there is to know about Como’s Christmas music. He was an extraordinarily consistent entertainer, a man whose private life shunned controversy and whose broad appeal for generations through music and television now extends well beyond his time. Also hailing from Italy is the Christmas witch-like character and legend of La Befana. We tell herRead more

Remember When Black Friday Was on a Friday?

Remember When Black Friday Was on a Friday?

Walmart sealed the deal finally – they too will begin their Black Friday promotions at 6pm on Thanksgiving night. We called it a year ago – after a flood of retailers caved by opening earlier than ever before – most at 10pm on Thanksgiving night. This year it is 6pm. Next year it may transform entirely – moving “Black Friday” to early Thursday morning and done with so that folks can finally go back to what it is all about – Thanksgiving. It’s madness. Once upon a time Black Friday was easy to decipher. Doors opened early, ads came outRead more