Retailers Blamed for Holiday Shipping Delays

A study by Kurt Salmon finds retailers were more to blame than carriers for widespread delays to holiday deliveries.

37 Macy’s Stores Will be Open for 107-Hour Marathon


Macy’s says 37 of its stores in 11 states will be open 24 hours a day—107 hours straight—beginning at 7am this morning.

Holiday Season Off to a Slow Start

While overall shopper traffic is up, consumers seem to be spending less, according to preliminary numbers.

Jos. A. Bank to Open on Thanksgiving

Jos A Bank

Jos. A. Bank made a last minute announcement today regarding its holiday hours: Black Friday sales will start at 8pm on Thursday.

Here We Go Again!

Jack Abelson

Jack Abelson compares holiday price promotions and extended hours to the futility of punching an immovable object.

October Retail Sales Increase Lifts Holiday Hopes


An increase in retail sales in October, helped by gains at apparel and department stores, has raised hopes for a good holiday sales season.

Holiday Markdown Pressure


A retailer asks merchandise planning expert Steve Pruitt, “Do I need to keep up with big box markdowns to compete?”

NRF: Holiday Gift Card Sales to Hit $30 Billion


The NRF estimates that 80% of consumers will buy gift cards this holiday season, with total spending on cards nationwide reaching $29.8 billion.

Wal-Mart Wins Race for Earliest Thanksgiving Opening


Just as Target joins the crowd of major retailers to announce 8pm opening times on Thanksgiving, Wal-Mart says its stores will open two hours earlier—at 6pm.

How Will a Late Thanksgiving Affect My Holiday sales?


Merchandise planning expert Steve Pruitt discusses how the latest Thanksgiving in years will affect holiday sales.