holiday season

What really happened with Cyber Week 2021? Analyzing the trends of the year’s biggest shopping week

Supply chain chaos did not deter holiday shoppers during Cyber Week, but it did shift shopping patterns and a few long-lived holiday shopping traditions. Black Thursday disappeared… In recent years as Black Friday grew, deep discounts and increased customer demand pushed stores to open earlier and earlier, until eventually they technically opened on Thanksgiving eve, […]

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Crowding into stores and malls for Black Friday is now a ghost of Christmas past

Vaccinations have been rolled out, lockdowns have been lifted, and workers are returning to offices, but 2021 is starting to feel like 2020 all over again, bah humbug! There is reason to be concerned when consumers are seeing fewer options in the grocery aisles, local shops are closing earlier due to labor shortages, and a […]

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Don’t let the shipping container crisis ruin your holidays this year

By now we’ve all heard the rumblings (and the roars!) about how myriad challenges — backlogged ports, factory shutdowns, and shipping delays — are going to impact holiday shopping this year. According to Business Insider, the cargo ships waiting off the coast of California are creating record backlog. We don’t want to minimize the serious […]

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