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Shopping changed a lot in 2017 — and smartphones are to blame

More shoppers made purchases from their phones in 2017 than ever before. Optimised apps and websites and integration with speedy services like Apple Pay have made mobile shopping more streamlined. This represents a new stage of e-commerce and was the biggest way that shopping changed in 2017. 2017 will go […]
Shopping changed a lot in 2017  —  and smartphones are to blame
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Amazon’s ‘golden jewel’ had an incredible holiday

Amazon saw new Prime subscribers sign ups and sales both balloon this holiday season. This was likely due to the non-stop new benefits Amazon keeps rolling out. Convenience is one of the major reasons customers subscribe to Prime, and Amazon rolled out many attractive benefits to holiday shoppers. Amazon’s Prime […]
Amazon’s ‘golden jewel’ had an incredible holiday
Tech

Amazon just revealed its top-selling item for the US holiday season

Amazon had a strong holiday for its devices business. The Amazon Echo Dot was the website’s top-selling item, according to the company. Just like the snow, Amazon’s Echo devices show no signs of stopping. Amazon says its Alexa-enabled Echo Dot smart speaker was the top-selling item on the website worldwide […]
Amazon just revealed its top-selling item for the US holiday season
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Here’s a complete list of store hours through Christmas

A host of stores are staying open through the Christmas holiday to give last-minute shoppers more time to complete their purchases. Only a handful of stores will be open on Christmas Day, including Family Dollar, Starbucks, Albertsons, CVS, Walgreens, and 7-Eleven. Many stores will close early on Christmas Eve. Here […]
Here’s a complete list of store hours through Christmas
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Target says these are the 29 toys every kid will want this holiday

Target reveals what it thinks will be the most popular toys this holiday. The list is a mix of learning toys, building toys, and dolls. The holidays are here – and it’s time to start buying toys. In September, Target, one of the largest toy retailers in the US, identified […]
Target says these are the 29 toys every kid will want this holiday
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The end-of-the-year retail bump is a lie we’ve been told for decades

Traditional narratives insist that the fourth quarter is the most important time of the year for retailers. But just 26.73% of US retail sales occurred in the fourth quarter in 2016, and that number hasn’t exceeded 27.88% since 1992. Fourth-quarter retail myths persist because it’s the only time of the […]
The end-of-the-year retail bump is a lie we’ve been told for decades
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Holiday shoppers have a new habit — and it’s good news for retailers

Shoppers are “self-gifting” this holiday season. The behaviour stems from high consumer confidence and the fact that shoppers are often waiting until the holidays to get a deal. This is good new for retailers. It’s better to give than receive, but what if you’re doing both? Shoppers are “self-gifting” more […]
Holiday shoppers have a new habit  —  and it’s good news for retailers
Markets

10 of the most popular places to visit for the holiday season

American Express Travel looked at flight-booking data and found the 10 destinations with the greatest increase in bookings during this year’s fourth quarter. Some appeal to those who like the cold and others to those who want to escape it, but each offers unique cultural experiences. Many will allow travellers […]
10 of the most popular places to visit for the holiday season
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Smartphones are killing Black Friday

Overall sales on Black Friday have been steadily declining for years. This year, Black Friday spending was spread out through November with most sales starting Thanksgiving morning. Mobile spending is drastically up on Thanksgiving, making Black Friday more of a season than a one-day event. November 24 is only one […]
Smartphones are killing Black Friday