ePRICE’s Black Friday sales a major hit with Italians

  • The most sold items included LED Televisions, washer-dryers, video games and bed warmers.
  • The most costly item sold was the Samsung QLED Ultra HD 65” TV.
  • Milan, Rome, Turin, Naples and Brescia recorded the highest number of purchases on the ecommerce
    site during the Black Friday days

Milan, 2017-Dec-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Mind-boggling numbers for ePRICE’s Black Friday! The four days of discounts initiative organised by the e-commerce site from 24 to 27 November was a major hit with Italians, increasingly enthusiastic about online shopping.

Indeed, shopaholics did not pass up the opportunity to put large and small appliances into their carts, along with IT items, cell phones, video games and so on, taking advantage of discounts of up to 70%. The item with the absolute highest demand – given the upcoming cold season – was the electric bed warmer, followed by the PlayStation 4 game Gran Turismo Sport. Third and fourth place were respectively occupied by the Smart Tech LED HD Ready 32” TV and the Hotpoint washer-dryer, while the most costly item placed in the carts of Italians was the Samsung QLED Ultra HD 65” TV, worth over Euro 4,000.

“Black Friday 2017 for ePRICE – the seventh since we were the first to introduce it in Italy – lasted four days, until Cyber Monday, and was once again a huge success, with record traffic and visits, more than doubled compared to 2016. This year, we prepared Black Friday in advance – says Raul Stella, ePRICE and Marketplace VP – with an online, TV and radio campaign linked to the Black Hour initiatives. Our clients quickly took advantage of the many Black Friday deals, anticipating part of their Christmas shopping and leading to record orders compared to last year. In particular, the marketplace was up 147% YoY in terms of order value, backed by strong growth in terms of number of sellers on our site. This result confirms our strategy, which involves consolidation of our leadership in the ”core” categories (major domestic appliances, air conditioners and TVs), where the online market is showing double-digit growth, accompanied by strong development of the Marketplace for the mass market electronics categories”.

During the four days of the promotion, there were over 3 million user visits on the ePRICE site (+117%
compared to 2016), while on actual Black Friday alone, there were some 1.6 million (+150% compared to 2016), with peaks between 7 and 11 in the morning, and then in the evening at around 19:00. Of those seeking deals on ePRICE, 70% connected from mobile devices, with 36% using the official app of the e-commerce site. Lastly, the value of orders in the four day was up 39% YoY, or +147% for the marketplace. When looking at the Black Week alone, the numbers are even more impressive, thanks to the success of the Black Hour, which brought an increase of 264% YoY in visits and of 44% YoY in terms of order value. The cities that recorded the highest number of purchases were Milan, Rome, Turin, Naples and Brescia, and the most active buyers were men between 25 and 54 years of age.

The press release is available on the websites corporate.eprice.it and www.1info.it

ePRICE (previously BANZAI) is the leading e-Commerce platform in Italy. Founded by Paolo Ainio and listed on the STAR segment of the Italian Stock Exchange since 2015, it changed its name from BANZA to ePRICE on 30 January, 2017. ePRICE is one of the leading Internet companies in Italy with revenues of Euro 198 million and a GMV1 (Gross Merchandise Volume) of Euro 254 million in 2016, up 23% YoY in the 2016. ePRICE is one of the main online stores in Italy specialized in high-tech products (electronic goods) and is the Italian e-Commerce leader in the segment of large domestic appliances. ePRICE launched in 2016 the Home Service Mobile Platform tomanage premium delivery and installation services, which covers around 14 million Italians. ePRICE has a network of 134 Pick&Pay locations in 109 cities, which combine the advantages of buying online and the convenience and security of a proximity shop.

For more information:
ePRICE S.p.A.
Micaela Ferruta
Head of Investor Relations and Strategic Planning
Tel +39.02.30315400
investor.relations@eprice.it

Community Strategic Communication Advisers
Marco Rubino di Musebbi
Media Relations
Tel. +39 0289404231
marco@communitygroup.it

Source: ePRICE

Debenhams research reveals the amount of preparation and planning shoppers make when it comes to Black Friday sales

  • New research from Debenhams reveals the amount of preparation and planning shoppers put into making sure they get the item they want on Black Friday
  • Over a third (34%) plan to book the day off work or have already got the day off in order to tackle the Black Friday sales. Nearly half (44%) of men have, or are planning to, book the day off work compared to just a quarter (24%) of women.
  • Early bird does catch the worm when it comes to Black Friday – more than one in ten (14%) are planning to wake up at 6am to face the sales with a further 7% setting their alarm for 5am
  • All of Debenhams Black Friday deals can be found here: debenhams.com/Black-Friday

London, 2017-Nov-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — New research from leading British retailer, Debenhams, reveals the amount of preparation and planning shoppers put into making sure they get the item they want on Black Friday.

The survey, which saw 2,000 shoppers across the UK questioned on their plans, found that more than a third (34%) of shoppers plan to book the day off work or have already got the day off in order to tackle the Black Friday sales. Nearly half (44%) of men have, or are planning to, book the day off work compared to just a quarter (24%) of women.

When it comes to planning for the ‘big weekend’, one in ten (12%) admitted they started thinking about what they wanted to buy 4-7 days before. One in 20 (6%) take it a step further compiling their wish lists a month to six weeks in advance.

Women are more likely to create a plan of action for the sales – 8% of the women spoken to in the study said that they started to pull together a wish list one to three months before the sales. Men on the other hand prefer to wait until closer to the time – a fifth (21%) left it 1-5 days before, while 4% made a snap decision on the morning.

Around the country, Londoners plan the furthest ahead – they start thinking about what they want up to three months in advance (3%). In contrast, Yorkshire and Humber residents wait until the morning of the sales (9%) to snap up a bargain.

It seems that the early bird really does catch the worm when it comes to Black Friday – more than one in ten (14%) are planning to wake up at 6am to face the sales. A further 7% admit that they will be setting their alarm for 5am while 6% will be staying awake until midnight in order to bag a bargain. Shoppers in Sheffield and Southampton will be first up; they are planning to rise at 2.42am to scour the sales.

The majority of shoppers (23%) have given themselves a budget of £151-£250 during the Black Friday sales. Southampton shoppers have the biggest pot (£351-£400) followed by those in Leeds (£251-£300). More than a tenth (13%) are spending more than last year, while 74% have budgeted the same amount. Men are more likely to have increased their funds (15%) while women have reduced theirs (13%).

The main beneficiaries of the bargains are the people buying them (51%), followed by partners (39%) and children (34%). Men are most likely to shop for themselves (53%) compared to women (50%).

Top ten purchases are:

  1. Personal technology
  2. Toys for the kids
  3. Coats
  4. Beauty purchases
  5. Boots
  6. Designer clothes
  7. Box sets and computer games
  8. Handbags
  9. Soft furnishings (curtains, bedding, cushions)
  10. White goods

Richard Cristofoli, Managing Director of Beauty and Marketing at Debenhams, said: “Since arriving in the UK four years ago, Black Friday has become a formidable fixture in the country’s shopping calendar. Last year the event was the biggest day of trade in Debenhams’ 239 year history.

Our customers tell us that they love the glamour and excitement that Debenhams offers through including great deals on top beauty brands, exclusive Designer fashions as well as branded electricals and toys in the event.”

All of Debenhams Black Friday deals can be found here: debenhams.com/Black-Friday

Notes to Editors

Debenhams is a leading international, department store destination with a proud British heritage which trades out of around 250 stores across 25 countries and is available online in more than 60 countries.  Debenhams gives its customers around the world a unique, differentiated and exclusive mix of own brands, international brands and concessions.

Debenhams has been investing in design for over 20 years through its exclusive Designers at Debenhams portfolio of brands.  Current designers include Abigail Ahern, Jeff Banks, Jasper Conran, Sadie Frost and Jemima French, Patrick Grant, Henry Holland, Julien Macdonald, Savannah Miller, Jenny Packham, Aliza Reger, John Rocha, Ashley Thomas, Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi and Matthew Williamson.

For more information, visit www.Debenhams.com

CONTACTS:
For more information please contact:

Shannen Doherty
Shannen.doherty@debenhams.com

Rebecca Maund
Rebecca.maund@debenhams.com

Debenhams Press Office
020 3549 6420
press.office@debenhams.com

Source: Debenhams

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Rite Aid kick starts the holiday shopping season with Black Friday sales from 8 a.m. Thursday through 7 a.m. Black Friday

Camp Hill, Pa., 2017-Nov-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rite Aid stores nationwide are ready to kick start the holiday shopping season by once again offering customers the lowest offers of the year during its Black Friday sales beginning as early as 8 a.m. Thursday and 7 a.m. Black Friday in select locations.*

Beginning Thursday, lowest offers of the year are available through Saturday, Nov. 25 when using Rite Aid’s wellness+ with Plenti card. Pick up great gifts, stocking stuffers and holiday essentials including:
• A special Black Friday deal on the Air Wars Battle Drone, available for $59.99.
• Buy one, get one free on select As Seen on TV products including Gotham Steel Square Pan, Snuggle Tails, Magic Tracks, and assorted Tac Light products.
• Fragrance sets for men and women including Nautica, Vera Wang, J Lo and Stetson for $13.99.
• Revlon Super Lustrous or Moon Drop Lipsticks 2 for $6 or a Wet n Wild mini nail set for $2.99.
• Earn up to 1200 Plenti points with the purchase of a $50 Home Depot, Gap, Old Navy or Banana Republic gift cards.
• Duracell batteries are on sale at 2 for $12, Duracell surge protectors and power banks are buy one get one free and holiday gift wrap and boxed cards are buy one get two free.
• Planters Peanuts Holiday 3-Pack for only $5.99 or Gourmet Butter Cookies for $1.77.
• Buy one, get two free deal on Hershey’s Pot of Gold or Russell Stover boxed chocolates.
• 2 for $9 DiGiornio 12-inch Pizzas, 2-liter Coke, Pepsi or 7UP products for 97 cents and assorted coffee products from Folgers and Maxwell House for only $4.99.

Rite Aid customers can also save all week on holiday décor including a variety of pre-lit Christmas trees from tabletop to 7 feet, traditional ornaments, festive wreaths, nutcrackers, acrylic villages, indoor/outdoor Christmas light sets, a classic 48-inch Santa and new this year, a 48-inch Snowman tree. In addition, great prices on Craig electronics at 50% off; choose from Bluetooth jukebox, turntable, 19-inch TV or 9-inch tablet. Also on sale, KidsStuff puzzles, games and crafts as well as stuffed animals in licensed favorites such as Snoopy, Mickey Mouse, Minions, Star Wars and Trolls.

Beginning Sunday, November 26 through Saturday, December 2, wellness+ with Plenti members will receive 30% off their online purchase, and free shipping on orders over $34.99. Visit www.riteaid.com/cyberweek to view the great deals and exclusive online only offers.

Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD) is one of the nation’s leading drugstore chains with fiscal 2017 annual revenues of $32.8 billion. Information about Rite Aid, including corporate background and press releases, is available through the company’s website at www.riteaid.com.

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* Store hours may vary and many pharmacies close at 3 p.m. on Thursday; see www.riteaid.com/stores for details.

Contact:

Media: Ashley Flower 717-975-5718

SOURCE: Rite Aid Corp.

Rite Aid offers the best prices during its Black Friday sales starting 8 a.m. Thursday and 7 a.m. Black Friday

  • Select Rite Aid Stores Nationwide Open 8 a.m. Thursday and 7 a.m. Black Friday
  • Rite Aid Offers Customers Chance to Beat the Black Friday Rush with 50% Off Large Selection of Holiday Products

Camp Hill, Pa., 2016-Nov-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rite Aid stores nationwide are ready to kick start the holiday shopping season by offering its customers the best prices of the year during its Black Friday sales beginning as early as 8 a.m. Thursday and 7 a.m. Black Friday in select locations.*

“As the holiday season officially begins, Rite Aid is excited to offer its customers the lowest prices of the year this Black Friday,” said Tony Montini, Rite Aid executive vice president of merchandising and supply chain. “From holiday décor, to gifts for all ages, sweet treats and more, Rite Aid has remarkable savings throughout the holiday season to ensure shoppers get everything on their list.”

Black Friday
Beginning Thursday, lowest offers of the year are available through Saturday and feature popular items including:
• New this year, a special Black Friday deal on the Hobby Grade Swift Stream Camera Drone, available for $49.99.
• New to the Black Friday mix, Duracell cables, surge protectors and power banks, offered at 50% off.
• Buy one, get one free on select As Seen on TV products including Gotham Steel Frying Pan, Colorama Coloring Books, Clear TV, Tac Light and American Aviator Watch.
• Fragrance sets for men and women including Beyoncé, Vera Wang and Nautica available for 40% off.
• Great prices can be found in our beauty department, including Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick available in many shades and Wet n Wild nail set.
• Buy one, get one free offers on Planters 3-Pack Holiday Nuts, the Planters Decorative Holiday Tin Assortment or Holiday Popcorn Tins in new classic holiday scenes.
• Great deal on holiday red and green M&M’s and a buy one, get two free deal on Hershey’s Pot of Gold chocolates.
• Lowest offers of the season on DiGiorno 12″ Pizza, Haagen Dazs Ice Cream and cereal, perfect for unexpected entertaining.
• Buy one, get two free savings on new designs of holiday gift wrap, bags and boxed cards.

Additional Holiday Deals
Beginning Sunday, November 20, Rite Aid customers looking to get a head start on their shopping have the opportunity to save 50% on holiday essentials that will help bring the spirit of the season into the home. Items include a variety of pre-lit Christmas trees from tabletop to 7 feet, traditional ornaments, festive wreathes, nutcrackers, acrylic villages, indoor/outdoor Christmas light sets, large Mickey, Snoopy and classic Santa greeters and extension cords. Also available at Rite Aid and new this year, popular As Seen on TV items including outdoor Star Shower Motion lights and Tree Dazzler.

Rite Aid shelves are also stocked with electronics and toys offered for 50% off including nostalgic products such as a Craig Bluetooth Jukebox and Craig Turntable, 19 inch Craig TV, 9 inch Craig tablet and 8.95 inch HD tablet with Windows, new virtual reality glasses and classic Atari and Sega games. Also on sale, KidStuff toys such as puzzles, memory games, arts and craft activities and stuffed animals in licensed favorites such as Frozen, Paw Patrol, Dory, Star Wars, Trolls and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Cyber Week
Beginning, Sunday, November 27 through Saturday, December 3, wellness+ with Plenti member will receive 30% off their online purchase, and free shipping on orders over $34.99. Visit www.riteaid.com/cyberweek to view the great deals.

Be sure to check the Rite Aid circular each week as select holiday and everyday items give shoppers the opportunity to earn Plenti points through Rite Aid’s new wellness+ with Plenti program. New and existing wellness+ members  can now sign up for wellness+ with Plenti at any Rite Aid store nationwide or online at www.riteaid.com/plenti. Once enrolled, members of wellness+ with Plenti will earn Plenti points on featured items they buy. These points can be used for at least two years for savings at Rite Aid and certain Plenti partners including Exxon, Macy’s and Mobil.

Rite Aid Corporation is one of the nation’s leading drugstore chains with nearly 4,600 stores in 31 states and the District of Columbia and fiscal 2016 annual revenues of $30.7 billion. Information about Rite Aid, including corporate background and press releases, is available through the company’s website at www.riteaid.com.

* Store hours may vary and many pharmacies close at 3 p.m. on Thursday; see www.riteaid.com/stores for details.

Media Contact:
Kristin Kellum
717-975-5713

Source: Rite Aid