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The History of Cyber Monday: Q&A with Scott Silverman, Co-Founder of the Biggest Day in Ecommerce

Dec 01, 2019

The term "Cyber Monday" was first introduced to the retail world in 2005 via a press release from Shop.org. What is now the moniker of one of the biggest shopping holidays of the year was coined by members of the organization and its then-executive director Scott Silverman.

Black Friday Is Changing How Consumers in Canada Shop During the Holidays

Black Friday Is Changing How Consumers in Canada Shop During the Holidays

Nov 26, 2019

Online consumers in Canada have reason to give thanks during Thanksgiving, even though the country celebrates the holiday more than a month earlier than the US. Retailers in Canada have embraced this weekend as a deals-inspired kickoff to the holiday shopping season, and almost half (43%) of consumers in Canada plan to shop Black Friday, according to the Retail Council of Canada‘s (RCC) second annual holiday shopping survey.

Why Target Is Optimistic About the Holiday Season, but Other Retailers Shouldn't Be

Why Target Is Optimistic About the Holiday Season, but Other Retailers Shouldn't Be

Nov 25, 2019

Last Wednesday, Target announced another stellar earnings report that crushed expectations on the top and bottom lines and raised Q4 guidance, causing the stock to pop 14% and CNBC’s Jim Cramer to crow about what it signifies about the health of the US consumer. While there’s a kernel of truth to this, Target’s recent success and near-term optimism has more to do with what the retailer is doing right and less about tailwinds in the consumer economy, especially during the holiday season.

Returns Are Expected to Be Extra-Concentrated this Holiday Season

Returns Are Expected to Be Extra-Concentrated this Holiday Season

Nov 25, 2019

UPS is anticipating a surge of returns this holiday season, leading into the new year. According to the company, 1.6 million packages are expected to be returned daily the week of December 16 leading into Christmas. And a record-breaking 1.9 million returns are expected to take place on this year’s peak returns day—January 2—up 26% over last year.