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.

Toys“R”Us kicks off holiday shopping season with discounts on hundreds of toy and baby products this Sunday

Toys“R”Us kicks off holiday shopping season with discounts on hundreds of toy and baby products this Sunday

 

WAYNE, NJ, 2017-Nov-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Deal seekers get ready: This Sunday, Toys“R”Us® will once again kick-off the holiday shopping season with discounts on hundreds of toy and baby products. Even better? There’s no membership or loyalty status required – ensuring parents, gift givers and Santa’s helpers only have to make one stop to buy the items on their kids’ (naughty or nice) wish lists. With more than 154 million people planning to shop in-store or online Thanksgiving weekend*, Toys“R”Us customers will have early access to hundreds of mark downs, including 65% off Playskool Friends™ Sesame Street™ Love2Learn Elmo (Was $69.99, Now $19.99) and $100 off NERF N-Strike Elite Terrascout Remote Control Drone Blaster (Was $199.99, Now $99.99), starting Sunday, November 19 to Wednesday, November 22.

Don’t worry, the savings continue: Toys“R”Us stores nationwide will open their doors on Thursday, November 23** at 5 pm (local time), and remain open for 30 hours of continuous shopping and deep discounts, including doorbusters like 50% off Barbie® Pink Passport 3-Story Townhouse (Was $119.99, Now $59.99) and $150 on Power Wheels® Boomerang™ 12 Volt Ride-On (Was $399.99, Now $249.99).

Toys“R”Us customers who prefer to sit back and relax the day before Thanksgiving can shop some of the biggest deals of the weekend as early as Wednesday, November 22 at 9pm EST on Toysrus.com, where they can also take advantage of the company’s Buy Online, Pick Up In-Store service.

Below are highlights of “Pre-Black Friday” deals, available at Toys“R”Us stores and online at Toysrus.com beginning SUNDAY, November 19 through WEDNESDAY, November 22 at 9 pm, while supplies last (no rain checks).

  • SAVE $100 on NERF N-Strike Elite Terrascout Remote Control Drone Blaster; Was $199.99, Now $99.99
  • SAVE Over 65% on Playskool Friends Sesame Street Love2Learn Elmo; Was $69.99, Now $19.99
  • SAVE $50 on Motorola for Babies“R”Us® 5 inch Video Baby Monitor – Comfort50; Was $109.99, Now $59.99

Below are highlights of doorbusters deals available at Toys“R”Us stores only on THURSDAY, November 23 from 5pm to midnight, while supplies last (no rain checks).

  • SAVE 50% on Barbie Pink Passport 3-Story Townhouse; Was $119.99, Now $59.99
  • SAVE $150 on Power Wheels Boomerang™ 12 Volt Ride-On; Was $399.99, Now $249.99
  • SAVE $30 on Doc McStuffins All-in-One Nursery; Was $79.99, Now $49.99

Below is a selection of additional online and in-store savings that will be available at Toys“R”Us beginning THURSDAY, November 23 at 5pm, and Babies“R”Us® beginning FRIDAY, November 24 at 8am through SATURDAY, November 25 at 12pm, while supplies last (no rain checks).

  • SAVE 33% on ALL Fisher-Price® Infant Toys; Prices Vary
  • SAVE $150 on KidTrax Disney Mickey Mouse Hot Rod Coupe 12 Volt Ride or Disney Minnie Mouse Hot Rod Coupe 12 Volt Ride On; Was $349.99, Now $199.99
  • SAVE $30 on Select Video Games; Prices Vary
  • SAVE ON ALL Babies“R”Us Brand Diapers – Super Packs; Was $19.99, Now $11.99
  • SAVE ON ALL Babies“R”Us Sleep & Play Footies; Was $8.99, Now $5.00
  • BUY ONE, GET ONE FREE on ALL Babyganics products

NOTE: All Thursday through Saturday deals (exclusive of doorbusters) will also be accessible on Toysrus.com/BlackFriday beginning WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 22 at 9pm EST online at Toysrus.com.

To help ensure eager deal-hunters can check-off their holiday gift list, Toys“R”Us will also offer a variety of services in its stores throughout Thanksgiving weekend:

  • Buy Online, Pick Up In-Store: In 2016, 44% of consumers shopped online, and 40% in-store*. That’s why Toys“R”Us is giving customers the best of both options during the busiest time of year. Place an order online, pick it up at your local store.
  • In-Store G.P.S. Navigator: Not sure where to start? Customers will find dedicated G.P.S. (Guru of Play Stuff) Navigators at the front of stores who can help point out the best gift ideas based on a child’s age and interest.
  • Layaway: Toys“R”Us is bringing back its free layaway service, plus, now through Saturday, December 9, Toys“R”Us will pay-off one individual’s layaway order per day (up to $200)***. For more information about Layaway, visit https://www.toysrus.com/layaway.

The deals don’t stop after the leftovers are finished – Toys“R”Us customers can expect huge discounts on thousands of the hottest items online during Cyber Week, which begins Saturday, November 25 at 7am EST. While Price Match will not be available from Sunday, November 19, through Friday, December 1 at 6am local time, customers can take advantage of Price Match throughout the holiday season. The company’s new and improved policy guarantees that if a customer finds a toy or baby item advertised at a lower price at another store, Toys“R”Us will honor its Price Match Guarantee. Plus, Toys“R”Us will donate $1 to the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation for each time a customer uses the company’s Price Match services now through Sunday, December 24***. For more information, visit Toysrus.com/PriceMatch.

To learn more about the holiday deals offered throughout the Thanksgiving week, visit the company’s official blog, No Assembly Required and follow @ToysrusNews.

* National Retail Federation, Retailers Made Black Friday Irresistible for Customers with Great Deals, Online and In-Store
** Toys“R”Us stores nationwide will open at 5pm on Thursday, November 23 and remain open until 11 pm on Friday, November 24, except for stores in Paramus, NJ, which will open on Thanksgiving from 5 – 11 pm and will reopen on Friday, November 24 at 7 am – 11 pm; stores in Watchung, NJ, which will open on Thanksgiving from 5 – 9pm and will reopen Friday, November 24 from 6 am – 11 pm; and the store in New York City (Times Square) which will open at 8am on Thursday, November 23 and remain open until 12 am Saturday, November 25 (this location will reopen on Saturday, November 25 at 9am for regular business hours). Select stores in Maine, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island will also have varying store open times.
*** Winners will be chosen at the end of every week and will be given a $200 gift card to Toys“R”Us stores.
*** Up to 1 Million Dollars.

About Toys“R”Us, Inc.
Toys“R”Us, Inc. is the world’s leading dedicated toy and baby products retailer, offering a differentiated shopping experience through its family of brands. Merchandise is sold in 885 Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us stores in the United States, Puerto Rico and Guam, and in more than 810 international stores and over 255 licensed stores in 38 countries and jurisdictions. With its strong portfolio of e-commerce sites including Toysrus.com and Babiesrus.com, the company provides shoppers with a broad online selection of distinctive toy and baby products. Toys“R”Us, Inc. is headquartered in Wayne, NJ, and has nearly 65,000 employees worldwide. The company is committed to serving its communities as a caring and reputable neighbor through programs dedicated to keeping kids safe and helping them in times of need. Over the past three decades, the Company has given more than $100 million in product donations to children’s charities. Since 1992, the Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund, a public charity affiliated with Toys“R”Us, Inc., has also donated more than $130 million in grants. For more information, visit Toysrusinc.com or follow @ToysRUsNews on Twitter.

Source: Toys“R”Us, Inc.

Amazon kicks off the holiday shopping season with the opening of its Black Friday Deals Store

  • Customers will find better deals than ever before on the hottest gifts in toys, electronics, home goods and more, the best in holiday entertaining essentials including kitchen items and decor, and even wardrobe must haves
  • All Amazon customers can choose from more than one hundred million items that are eligible for free shipping this holiday
  • Starting on November 8, Prime members will also have access to Amazon Key, the new service that will allow eligible packages to be securely delivered inside their homes without having to be there
  • Customers can shop when they want, where they want with the Amazon App, which now includes a brand new augmented reality feature, AR view, for customers to see how thousands of items look in their space before they buy
  • For customers in need of gifting inspiration, Amazon’s 2017 Holiday Gift Guides – including the new Business Gift Guide by Amazon Business, the Amazon Handmade Gift Shop, and Gift Finder offer suggestions for all holiday shopping needs
  • Customers can shop thousands of holiday deals from small businesses and entrepreneurs around the globe

SEATTLE, 2017-Nov-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon today (Nov. 1, 2017) announced the opening of its Black Friday Deals Store, officially marking the start of the holiday shopping season. The Black Friday Deals Store, available at www.amazon.com/blackfriday, offers deals across every category now through Black Friday. Customers can find deals on everything from toys and electronics to holiday entertaining essentials and wardrobe must haves – all in one convenient location. Today, customers can save up to 30% on favorite toys including Baby Alive Sweet Tears, Dropmix, Tickle Me Elmo and more. This holiday season, customers can also expect great deals on premium TVs from brands like LG, Samsung and Sony, as well as popular toys from LEGO, Melissa & Doug, Nerf, Paw Patrol, Star Wars and more.

“We’re excited to officially kickoff another holiday season, bringing customers better deals than ever before on everything they’ll need – from electronics and toys to clothing, home essentials and more,” said Doug Herrington, Senior Vice President of North American Retail at Amazon. “Customers shop Amazon year-round for our great prices, unbelievable selection, and free shipping on over 100 million products. During the holiday season, customers love to discover great deals and must-have holiday gifts for friends and family. Some of the most popular starting points for holiday shoppers are our Black Friday Deals Store, Amazon’s curated Home and Electronics Gift Guides, the Holiday Toy List, the newly redesigned Gift Finder, our Handmade Gift Shop, and Interesting Finds.”

More Ways to Shop than Ever Before:

Voice Shopping: Customers can voice shop with Alexa for tens of millions of Prime-eligible items, including many of the products available in the Black Friday Deals Store and featured in the 2017 Holiday Gift Guides. Available on the Alexa family of devices including Amazon Echo, Echo Plus, Echo Dot, Amazon Tap, and Amazon Dash Wand, as well as screened devices such as the all-new Amazon Fire TV, all-new Fire HD 10 Tablet, Echo Show and soon to be released Echo Spot, it’s as simple as saying, “Alexa, order [product]” and Alexa will find a top-rated product that ships with Prime. Just say, “yes” to buy it. Changed your mind? No problem, any physical product purchased with your voice is eligible for free returns. Customers must be Prime members with default payment and shipping information.

Amazon App: The Amazon App is designed to make your holiday shopping fast and easy. In fact, last holiday season, more than 70% of Amazon customers worldwide shopped using a mobile device. Customers can find where their holiday packages are in seconds, use camera search to quickly and easily find the items they want by pointing at an item or barcode, and never miss a deal by setting Watch-a-Deal alerts. Customers can also search and reorder with Alexa. Once Amazon boxes begin to arrive, customers can use the Amazon App’s Package X-Ray feature to scan the barcode and see what’s inside, allowing them to wrap gifts without ever opening the box or spoiling the surprise.

AR view: Amazon’s latest augmented reality offering within the Amazon App launched today for customers with iOS 11 installed on their iPhone 6S or later. Using Apple’s ARKit, AR view helps customers make better shopping decisions by allowing them to visualize the aesthetic and fit of products in their own living space. Customers simply open the Amazon App, click on the camera icon and choose AR view. They can then select from thousands of items – from living room, bedroom, kitchen and home office products to electronics, toys and games, home décor and more. Whether customers are buying a sofa or a kitchen appliance, they can overlay it onto their existing living space, move it and rotate it to get a full 360-degree peek in a live camera view to make sure it fits their style and aesthetic.

Amazon.com in Spanish: Since adding the option for customers to set their language preference earlier this year, millions of customers have chosen Spanish as their preferred language to shop on Amazon.com and in the Amazon App. Customers can shop, browse and search for millions of products, view their shopping cart, and place orders in Spanish. Customers can update their language settings in their Amazon App, as well as visit Amazon.com and click the ‘globe’ button – located in the navigation bar at the top of their Amazon home screen – to set and begin shopping in their preferred language. Preferred language settings will be saved for future site visits under ‘Your account’ settings.

Treasure Truck: Now available in 25 select cities, Treasure Truck is a new way for customers to shop this holiday season. Customers can opt-in to receive notifications from the Amazon App for special must-have offers from Treasure Truck, order the item, and pick-up at the truck all season long. Each time the truck rolls, one hand-picked offer will be available including gifts for the adventurer, foodie, hostess, kids and techie, as well as delicious seasonal food items, and more. Look for the truck at various locations this holiday season.

Amazon Books: Now open in Seattle, New York City (on 34th St and at Columbus Circle), Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston (Dedham and Lynnfield), San Diego, San Jose, Portland, Bellevue (Wash.) and Paramus (N.J.), Amazon Books integrates the benefits of offline and online shopping to help customers find books and devices that they’ll love. Whether customers want to discover a new book for the holidays or test-drive an Amazon device, Amazon Books offers gifts for everyone. Browse in-store deals and holiday features like Most-Wished-For-Gifts, Hidden Gem Gifts, the Holiday Toy List and customer favorites like Page Turners: Books Kindle Readers Finish in 3 Days or Less, Local Bestsellers, 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime.

Shop with Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs
Half of the items sold on Amazon worldwide are from small businesses and entrepreneurs, many of which will be offering deals on their products throughout the holiday season. Some of the small businesses and entrepreneurs offering deals include Sleepyheads, Furbo, Lightaccents, Owlee and TigerSecu.

Inspired Gifting for Everyone on Your List:

Curated Gift Guides: Thoughtfully curated and inspired by Amazon product experts and influencers, Amazon’s 2017 Holiday Toy List, Electronics Gift Guide and Home Gift Guide take the guesswork out of gifting and offer customers quick and easy access to the top gifts for everyone on their list.

◦  Customers can browse more than a thousand of the most sought-after products for kids of all ages and interests on the 2017 Amazon Holiday Toy List, available at amazon.com/holidaytoylist.

◦  Those who want to shop more than 500 of the season’s hottest technology products, from TVs to gaming systems, can do so while shopping the 2017 Amazon Electronics Gift Guide, available at amazon.com/electronicsgiftguide.

◦  And customers can browse the 2017 Amazon Home Gift Guide, available at amazon.com/homegiftguide for more than a thousand products for inside and outside the home.

◦  New this year, the 2017 Business Gift Guide by Amazon Business is a curated list of more than 200 items designed to make holiday gifting easier for office employees, company clients and colleagues. Available at amazon.com/businessgiftguide, Amazon.com and Amazon Business customers can shop from numerous categories, including Electronics, Grocery, Entertainment, Audio & Accessories, and more. Shoppers can also discover white elephant gift exchange and budget-friendly gift ideas in the Business Gift Guide.

Handmade Gift Shop: Support small businesses and entrepreneurs this holiday by shopping Amazon Handmade where all products are handcrafted by local Artisans from around the world. New this year, the Amazon Handmade Gift Shop, available at amazon.com/handmadegiftshop, allows customers to shop handcrafted products for every occasion.-  Gift Finder: For those in need of additional inspiration, the redesigned Gift Finder helps identify gift ideas when a customer doesn’t have a particular idea in mind. Gift Finder, available at amazon.com/giftfinder, offers a diverse collection of unique, but universally appealing gift ideas across categories. Shop gifts for men, women, teens, kids, toddlers, babies, pets or holiday fun.

Amazon Lists: Customers can find and shop friends and family’s Wish Lists at www.amazon.com/yourfriends to give them what they really want this holiday. To customize your own list, click ‘Add to List’ from any product detail page or go to www.amazon.com/yourlists to add multiple items in one convenient location. To save a gift idea in the Amazon App, customers can simply press down on any product image to fling it to the bottom of their screen.

Interesting Finds: Interesting Finds, available at amazon.com/stream, is an endless stream of beautiful products that inspires customers daily. There are a number of categories that customers can scroll through including “holiday toy list,” “gadgets,” “workspace” and even quirky customer-curated collections of products like “Nautical or Nice,” “Talk Nerdy To Me,” “Dog Gone Cute Dresses,” “Rock Your Socks Off” and “Happy Glamping.” Customers can ‘heart’ products they love and we’ll get better at showing them more items like those. Customers can access Interesting Finds via the banner above the search bar on Amazon.com and in the ‘Programs and Features’ section of the Amazon App.

Free Shipping + Convenient Delivery
All Amazon customers can choose from more than one hundred million items that are eligible for free shipping this holiday and all year long. This includes eligible orders of $25 or more shipped by Amazon, as well as free shipping offers from the millions of small business and entrepreneurs selling on Amazon. For customers who prefer to pick up their packages when it’s convenient for them, Amazon Locker is a safe and secure way to receive Amazon packages. Available in more than 50 cities across the U.S., Amazon Lockers are strategically located near offices, major convenience stores, grocery stores, apartment buildings and malls across the country. To learn more about Amazon Locker, visit amazon.com/locker or to find the nearest Locker visit amazon.com/findalocker.

Fast Shipping, Deals and More with Prime
Prime is designed to make your life better every day including the convenience of fast, free shipping and great entertainment. Prime members can shop thousands of Lightning Deals with 30-minute early access and, with the Amazon Prime credit card, members will earn even bigger rewards this holiday season. Members can also enjoy Free Two-Day Shipping with Amazon Prime, as well as Prime FREE One-Day Shipping and Prime FREE Same-Day Delivery on more than one million items in orders of $35 or more available to members in over 5,000 cities and towns. And, with Prime Now, Prime Members in more than 30 U.S. cities can benefit from one-and-two hour delivery. In addition, starting on November 8, Prime members in 37 cities and surrounding areas across the U.S. will have access to Amazon Key, the new service that radically improves the convenience of receiving deliveries. Amazon Key will allow Prime members to have eligible packages securely delivered inside their homes without having to be there.

About Amazon
Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon. For more information, visit www.amazon.com/about and follow @AmazonNews.

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Source: Amazon.com, Inc.

Sears launches “Elf Tested. Santa Approved.” campaign for the holiday shopping season

Hundreds of doorbusters online, in-store, including 100 percent back in Shop Your Way points on Black Friday ad cover deals

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill., 2016-Nov-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sears has kicked off the holiday shopping season with “Elf Tested. Santa Approved.” – an in-store and online campaign that embraces the fun and magic of the season, while featuring unique savings opportunities, including an unprecedented Thanksgiving/Black Friday offer: 100 percent back in Shop Your Way points on all doorbusters found on the front and back covers of its Black Friday ad – up to $50 in points per member.

Sears stores will open on Thurs., Nov. 24 from 6 p.m. to midnight. Some stores will be closed on Thanksgiving. All stores will open at 5 a.m. on Black Friday, Nov. 25.* For local store hours, shoppers can visit Sears.com/stores.

 

All doorbusters will be available online at sears.com all-day on Thanksgiving, and in-store and online until 1 p.m. on Black Friday, while supplies last. Shoppers can preview Sears’ highly anticipated Black Friday ad on the Sears app (downloadable at sears.com/mobile), and online at sears.com. Top doorbuster deals include:

  • Get the Kenmore 4,5 cu. ft. Front-Load Washer and the Kenmore 7.3 cu. ft. Dryer w/ Sensor Dry for $424.99 each when you buy the pair; reg. priced at $939.99 each
  • Save 54% on the Kenmore 4.2 cu. ft. Freestanding Gas Range w/ Broil & Serve now priced at $389.99; reg. priced $849.99
  • Save 50% on the Craftsman 270-pc Mechanic’s Tool Set now priced at $149.99; reg. priced at $299.99
  • Save $300 on the Craftsman 22-in Dual Stage Snow Thrower at $399.99; reg. priced at $699.99
  • Save $900 off your choice of the NordicTrack C 950i Treadmill now priced at $599.99; reg. priced at $1,499.99 or $1,000 off the NordicTrack Elite 10.9 Elliptical now priced at $599.99; reg. priced at $1,599.99
  • All DieHard® industrial boots on sale for $49.99; reg. priced at $105-$110
  • Save with sale-priced $9.99 Roebuck & Co. jeans for men and boys and Bongo juniors; reg. priced at $24-$39
  • Save with sale-priced $6.99 Joe Boxer sleep pants for him and her; reg. priced at $24-$30
  • Get women’s fashion booties and puffer boots for $14.99; reg. priced at $39.99
  • Save $100 on the KitchenAid 5-qt. Stand Mixer with Bowl Lift; reg. priced $299.99
  • All gold jewelry 80% off PLUS an extra 20% off

Convenient and Rewarding Shopping
Sears will offer more shopping conveniences than ever to help members find the perfect holiday gifts and earn rewards both in-store and on-the-go all season long.

  • Free Personal Shoppers– A perk of Shop Your Way membership, personal shoppers make custom gift recommendations based on a member’s style and preferences. There’s even a personal shopper app that allows members to connect on the go. For a limited time, members get a coupon for $5 in points to use on their next qualifying purchase of $25 or more when they sign up for a personal shopper at syw.co/PersonalShopper.
  • More Rewards – Now through Dec. 24, Sears credit card holders receive 10 percent back in points on each qualifying purchase with their Sears card, reward points expire Jan. 28, 2017 (valid opt-in email required). Sears will announce more savings events and exclusive shopping opportunities for its Shop Your Way members later in the season.
  • Sears Mobile App–The Sears app lets members quickly find the right products and compare features, prices and user reviews; find deals, get eCoupons, and make the most of Shop Your Way points; make purchases, track orders, manage layaway, and access free shopping conveniences like Free Store Pickup, In-Vehicle Pickup and free in-store shipping. Back this year is the popular Wheel of Fortune® Holiday Puzzler game – exclusively available now on the Sears app. Sears is giving away $1,000 in Sears gift cards to game winners daily through Dec. 9.
  • In-Vehicle Pickup, Return and Exchange in Five– A busy holiday shopper’s best friend – using the Sears app members can pick up, return or exchange their online purchases for free – guaranteed in five minutes or less – without ever leaving their vehicle.
  • Anyone, Anywhere Pickup– Purchase gifts online and have friends or family pick them up at a local Sears or Kmart in a different city, for free.
  • Free Shipping – Sears offers free shipping on any order $35 or more, and Shop Your Way Max members get two-day free shipping on qualifying online orders. Online shoppers can bypass shipping altogether by choosing Free Store Pickup then visiting their local Sears where the order is ready in five minutes or less, guaranteed. Sears also offers free shipping on orders placed while in-store (when location services are enabled).
  • Expanded Free Store Pickup– An online and in-store collaboration that enables members to pick up sears.com or kmart.com orders at any of each other’s stores – more than 1,700 locations nationwide.
  • Meet With An Expert – Members shopping for home appliances, mattresses and lawn and garden equipment can seamlessly take their online research in store to get expertise from a knowledgeable associate. If still undecided, the associate will email a shopping recap that shows detailed information they discussed with the member in-store so they can pick up where they left off at their convenience later online.
  • 2016 Online Holiday Gift Guide – Shoppers can easily find the perfect gift for everyone on their list with a revamped holiday gift guide at Sears.com/gifts, featuring handpicked gift favorites across multiple product categories and price points.

Sears’ “Elf Tested. Santa Approved.” campaign has also come to life via a humorous digital video content series launching today called ElfTV. The series will feature more than two dozen lighthearted, whimsical and irreverent ad shorts centered around Santa’s helpers, revealing just what those elves are up to when they’re not busy in Santa’s workshop. Subscribe to Sears’ YouTube page at youtube.com/Sears to view them all and join the holiday conversation on social media using #ElfTested.

About Sears, Roebuck and Co.
Sears, Roebuck and Co., a wholly owned subsidiary of Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: SHLD), is a leading integrated retailer providing merchandise and related services and is part of Shop Your Way, a social shopping experience where members have the ability to earn points and receive benefits across a wide variety of physical and digital formats through shopyourway.com. Sears, Roebuck offers its wide range of home merchandise, apparel and automotive products and services through Sears-branded and affiliated full-line and specialty retail stores in the United States and Canada. Sears, Roebuck also offers a variety of merchandise and services through sears.com, landsend.com and specialty catalogs. Sears, Roebuck offers consumers leading proprietary brands including Kenmore, Craftsman, and DieHard — among the most trusted and preferred brands in the U.S. The company is the nation’s largest provider of home services, with more than 14 million service and installation calls made annually. For more information, visit the Sears, Roebuck website at www.sears.com or the Sears Holdings Corporation website at www.searsholdings.com.

*Stores in Maine, R.I., Mass. and certain other stores open midnight 11/25/16 or later.

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Brian Hanover
Sears PR
847-286-6080
Brian.Hanover@searshc.com

Kamal Bosamia
Zeno Group for Sears
312-527-2SHC (2742)
Kamal.Bosamia@zenogroup.com

SOURCE: Sears, Roebuck and Co.

NRF’s annual consumer spending survey: consumers plan to spend an average of $935.58 this holiday shopping season

WASHINGTON, 2016-Oct-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — With the election falling in the middle of holiday shopping, as of mid-October many U.S. consumers say they will have a more conservative holiday spending budget this year. According to the National Retail Federation’s annual consumer spending survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics, consumers plan to spend an average of $935.58 during the holiday shopping season. Total spending includes gifts for others, self-spending, food, flowers, decorations and greeting cards for Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa. Total planned spending this year is second only to the record total spending in 2015, at $952.58.

“Everywhere you turn — whether you’re picking up a newspaper or watching television — political advertisements are taking up ad space that retailers typically use to get holiday shopping on the minds of consumers across the country,” NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said. “Once the election has passed, we anticipate consumers will pull themselves out of the election doldrums and into the holiday spirit.”

In a separate NRF flash poll conducted last week, more than a quarter of consumers say the election will impact their spending plans for the holidays. In addition, 43 percent say they are being more cautious with their spending due to the uncertainty of the election season. However, when push comes to shove, 87 percent of consumers could be convinced to spend an extra $25 this holiday season if tempted by a good sale or promotion, the perfect gift for themselves or others or free shipping. *

“Retailers should prepare for a rush of consumers in the weeks following the presidential election as they get more economic and political certainty and are looking to take advantage of promotions and deals that are too good to pass up for their friends, family and even themselves,” Shay said.

Fifty-eight percent of consumers plan to buy for themselves, spending an average of $139.61, up 4 percent from last year’s $133.74 and marking the second-highest level of personal spending in the survey’s 13-year history.

“Many shoppers are taking the approach of ‘one for you, two for me’ this holiday season,” Shay said. “Retailers are preparing by offering a wide array of merchandise and promotions — items shoppers want to give as great gifts at prices so good they want to buy for themselves too.”

According to the survey, consumers say they will spend $588.90 on gifts for others and $207.07 for items such as food, decorations, flowers and greeting cards this year.

Consumers will shop around, splitting their time almost evenly between three top destinations: department stores (57 percent), online (also 57 percent) and discount stores (56 percent). The survey found 45 percent plan to visit a grocery store/supermarket, 34 percent will shop at clothing stores, 27 percent at electronics stores and 23 percent at small or local businesses. Ten percent of those shopping plan to visit outlet stores, a new category added to the survey this year.

Most online shoppers will take advantage of free shipping (93 percent of those surveyed) and conveniences like buy online, pick up in store or ship-to-store (47 percent). In addition, 17 percent will take advantage of expedited shipping and 10 percent will use same-day delivery.

Close to half of consumers have been tackling their holiday lists early again this year, with 41 percent saying they started shopping in October or earlier. The same percentage said they will start in November, and 18 percent will wait until December. Of the early shoppers, 63 percent say they are trying to spread out their budgets while 49 percent want to avoid the crowds and stress of last-minute shopping.

“While many holiday shoppers are starting early on their gift lists, Millennials are waiting to catch the best deals for their gifts, with nearly half (46 percent) waiting until November to start shopping,” Prosper Insights Principal Analyst Pam Goodfellow said. “Younger consumers are likely to be looking forward to the Thanksgiving/Black Friday shopping ‘experience’ — and know that retailers will be offering great promotions that weekend.”

Gift cards remain among the most popular gifts, sought by 61 percent of those surveyed, followed by clothing and accessories (54 percent), books, CDs, DVDs or videos (40 percent, the lowest in survey history as digital downloads replace hard-copy media), consumer electronics (32 percent), jewelry and home décor (both at 23 percent), personal care or beauty items (21 percent), sporting goods (19 percent) and home improvement items (17 percent).

The Prosper Analytics & Insights survey, which asked 7,733 consumers about holiday shopping plans, was conducted October 4-11 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 1.1 percentage points. The survey reflects a snapshot of consumers’ spending plans during that moment in time.

For information on NRF’s economic forecast, which is based on an economic model using indicators such as housing data, unemployment and previous monthly retail sales reports, see here.

*The NRF flash poll, conducted by ORC International on October 20-23, asked 1,021 consumers about their spending plans considering the upcoming election, and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.

Full data results surrounding this survey will not be published on NRF.com. If you are a member of the press or an analyst and require additional information on our Holiday survey results, please contact Ana Serafin Smith at press@nrf.com.

About Prosper Insights & Analytics
Prosper Insights & Analytics delivers executives timely, consumer-centric insights from multiple sources. As a comprehensive resource of information, Prosper represents the voice of the consumer and provides knowledge to marketers regarding consumer views on the economy, personal finance, retail, lifestyle, media and domestic and world issues. www.ProsperDiscovery.com

About NRF
NRF is the world’s largest retail trade association, representing discount and department stores, home goods and specialty stores, Main Street merchants, grocers, wholesalers, chain restaurants and Internet retailers from the United States and more than 45 countries. Retail is the nation’s largest private sector employer, supporting one in four U.S. jobs — 42 million working Americans. Contributing $2.6 trillion to annual GDP, retail is a daily barometer for the nation’s economy. NRF’s  This is Retail campaign highlights the industry’s opportunities for life-long careers, how retailers strengthen communities, and the critical role retail plays in driving innovation. NRF.com

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Best Buy announces 20 must-have technology products for the holiday shopping season

Best Buy announces 20 must-have technology products for the holiday shopping season
Best Buy announces 20 must-have technology products for the holiday shopping season

 

Minneapolis, MN, 2016-Oct-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Start preparing those wish lists; the holiday shopping season is here. Today (October 25, 2016 ), Best Buy announced its annual “Top Tech” list — the 20 must-have technology products— just in time to get a head start on holiday shopping.

The list contains the hottest new and emerging technologies handpicked by Best Buy’s tech experts, from virtual reality and smart home products to drones and hair dryers (yes, hair dryers). It also includes the latest laptops, gaming systems, TVs, cameras and more. Customers can browse, learn about, preorder or buy them now in Best Buy stores and on BestBuy.com.

“This holiday, we’re making it easier than ever for our customers by taking out the guesswork as they shop for friends, family or even themselves,” said Mike Mohan, chief merchandising officer at Best Buy. “These products showcase the newest, most innovative trends and what’s truly possible with technology.”

The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) is predicting that nearly 70 percent of consumers will buy tech gifts this holiday.

Without further ado, Best Buy’s Top Tech of 2016 (in no particular order):

  • Google Home
  • Bose® QuietComfort® 35 Wireless Headphones
  • Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer
  • Lenovo Yoga 910 2-in-1 Laptop
  • iPad Pro 9.7-inch
  • Oculus Rift
  • Sony PlayStation VR
  • Sony 65” Class LED Smart 4K Ultra HD TV with High Dynamic Range
  • GoPro Hero5 Black
  • DJI Mavic Pro Drone
  • Fitbit Charge 2
  • Microsoft Xbox One S
  • Samsung 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Player
  • iPhone 7
  • Powerbeats3 Wireless Earphones
  • Apple Watch Series 2
  • Rand McNally OverDryve Connected Car System
  • HP Spectre x360 2-in-1 Laptop
  • Google Chromecast Ultra
  • Samsung Galaxy S7

To get a leg up on their shopping, customers can now enjoy discounts on many Top Tech gifts — including $100 off iPad Pro 9.7-inch and $100 off Lenovo Yoga 910 — today through Saturday, Oct. 29. Visit BestBuy.com for a full list of the deals.

Holiday Shopping Events

On Saturday, Nov. 5, customers can play with and score great deals on select Top Tech products and other must-have items at Best Buy’s special holiday shopping events. From 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. local time, shoppers can interact with and get demonstrations of a range of Top Tech products, including Google Home, OverDryve, and more, in 400 stores across the U.S.

And for the first time, gaming fans will be able to experience Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare on the new PlayStation 4 Pro, featuring 4K, in select Magnolia Home Theater locations.

Geek Squad Has Your Back

And the bow on the box: Free in-store set-up or advice on select Top Tech products for My Best Buy members, giving customers looking for Geek Squad’s help another great reason to join My Best Buy at no cost. Today, Geek Squad supports most things customers plug into their homes or cars, optimizing home theater systems, creating fast and secure home networks, and helping harness the power of the Internet of Things with smart home products.

Tech Help Makes the Holidays Easy

Customers also can take comfort knowing that Geek Squad’s expert assistance is available remotely whenever they need it during the hectic holiday season. As added security for most of the gifts customers purchase at Best Buy, Geek Squad Protection plans include an extra month of coverage for all but Mobile Complete Protection Plans. Geek Squad 24/7 Support provides device set-up, unlimited virus removal, Internet Security Software and additional ongoing support for up to three computers or tablets for the length of the plan. Geek Squad even helps tackle slow speeds, buffering, device connectivity and other home networking problems with Home Wi-Fi Setup & Support. An agent will set up a new or existing router to maximize performance and optimize security in-home or same-day remotely, and deliver ongoing remote Wi-Fi support for the length of the plan.

Free Shipping on Everything

This holiday season, Best Buy again makes it easy for holiday shoppers to cross everything off their gift lists. Customers will get free shipping on everything when they shop on BestBuy.com, now through Dec. 24.

And for those who can’t wait for their new tech, customers can pick up their BestBuy.com orders for free at their local Best Buy stores.

Source: Best Buy

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Amazon Echo will be available in more than 3,000 stores across US in time for the holiday shopping season

  • In time for the holiday shopping season, customers will be able to find Amazon Echo at their favorite stores, including The Home Depot,Staples, Sears, Brookstone, RadioShack, Fred Meyer, P.C. Richard & Son, and more
  • Echo is designed around your voice and it’s always ready, connected, and fast—just ask for music, information, news, weather, and more from across the room and get answers instantly

SEATTLE, 2015-11-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — (NASDAQ: AMZN)—Amazon today announced that Amazon Echo, the best-selling device designed around your voice, will be available in more than 3,000 stores around the country in time for the holiday shopping season. Customers will be able to visit select locations of The Home Depot, Staples, Sears, Brookstone, RadioShack, Fred Meyer, P.C. Richard & Son, as well as several other retailers to experience and purchase Echo. For a full list of retailers visit www.amazon.com/help/devices/retail.

“Amazon Echo is a must-have gift this holiday season, and we’re excited to work with retailers across the country to make Echo available to their customers,” said Greg Hart, Vice President, Amazon Echo and Alexa Voice Services. “Using only your voice to play music, control your lights, and ask questions is magical, so it’s great that people will be able to visit local stores and try it for themselves.”

“Our customers continue to show interest in smart home products across the many categories we carry. One of our newest products, Amazon Echo, is a smart device that helps make connected home easy and fun,” said Jeff Epstein, Merchandising Vice President at TheHome Depot. “Echo, paired with smart lighting devices, is an excellent gift for this holiday season.”

“Staples.com launched Amazon Echo several months ago and the product has been well received by our customers,” said Eric Cayton, VP Technology at Staples. “We are excited to continue to work with Amazon to offer Echo in select Staples retail stores and on Staples.com during the holiday season.”

“We’re thrilled to have Amazon Echo in select Brookstone stores this holiday season,” said Brookstone CEO Tom Via. “Our goal is to give customers the opportunity to see and try out the best in new technology and gifts, and Echo is a great fit for them.”

Amazon Echo is hands-free and always ready, and with seven microphones and beam-forming technology, it can hear you from across the room—even while music is playing. Alexa—the brain behind Echo—is built in the cloud, so it’s always getting smarter. Echo offers hands-free voice control for information from Wikipedia and the web, weather, timers and alarms, news, shopping/to-do lists, and much more. Additional capabilities include:

  • Music: Access Amazon Music, Prime Music, iHeartRadio, Pandora, and TuneIn using only your voice, from across the room. Simply ask Alexa for an artist, song, genre, playlist, or station, and once music is playing you can pause and skip tracks using voice commands. Plus, Echo is Bluetooth-enabled so you can stream other popular music services like Spotify and iTunes from your phone or tablet.
  • Connected home: With integration of Philips Hue, Samsung SmartThings, WeMo, Insteon, and Wink products, use Echo to switch on the lamp before getting out of bed, turn on the fan or heater while reading in your favorite chair, or dim the lights from the couch to watch a movie—all without lifting a finger.
  • Local Search with Yelp: Use Echo to get info on local businesses and restaurants—straight from Yelp. Craving cashew chicken? Just ask: “Alexa, find me a nearby Chinese restaurant.” Or wondering when the pharmacy closes? Just ask: “Alexa, what are the hours for a nearby pharmacy?”
  • Audible: Listen to audiobooks from Audible with Echo. Simply say: “Alexa, read my book.” Echo also supports Whispersync for Voice, which allows you to seamlessly switch between reading and listening without losing your spot. Start reading on Kindle, and pick up on Echo right where you left off.
  • Google Calendars: Access Google calendars with Echo—just use your voice. Hear what’s on the calendar for the day or check if you’re free for dinner with friends.
  • If This Then That (IFTTT): Create IFTTT recipes to make your life simpler and more manageable. IFTTT is a service that connects your devices, apps, and websites with simple rules called “recipes.” With IFTTT recipes, you can use Echo to add shopping items to Evernote, automatically email your to-do list to your spouse, add your Echo to-do list to your iPhone, and more.
  • Re-order Prime-eligible products: If you’re low on kitchen supplies, want to restock on snacks, or need more rolls of duct tape for the garage, simply ask Echo to place an order for you. Echo uses your order history and can order the Prime-eligible item for you using your default payment and shipping settings. If Echo can’t find the requested item in your order history, it may suggest an item for your approval using Amazon’s Choice, which picks highly-rated, well-priced, Prime-eligible products.
  • Sports scores and schedules: Alexa will tell you the results of your favorite team’s last game, the current score of a game they are playing, and the time and date of the next game. To give it a try, simply say, “Alexa, what’s the score of the Seahawks game?” or “Alexa, when do the Seattle Sounders play next?” Alexa knows scores and schedules for the NBA, NHL, NFL, MLB, MLS, NCAAbasketball and football, and WNBA.
  • Traffic: Just save your work address and Alexa will tell you the quickest route and travel time to work each morning so you know exactly what to expect before leaving the house. You can also add a stop to your commute in case you need to drop off a child at school or stop by a coffee shop on your way to work—just add the stop to your settings, and Alexa will give you the route and travel time.
  • Customized news: You can now hear from more sources in your news Flash Briefing including Fox Sports Radio, The Economist,NPR Business, TMZ, and ESPN Radio via TuneIn.
  • New Skills: Other companies, developers, and hobbyists are creating new capabilities through the Alexa Skills Kit. Several have launched so far, with more coming every week. You can ask Alexa for recipes from Campbell’s Kitchen, local events from StubHub, check who’s polling strong on Twitter, and more.

Amazon Echo is currently available for $179.99 at Amazon.com, and will roll out to retail locations across the U.S. in the coming weeks. For more information, visit www.amazon.com/echo.

About Amazon
Amazon.com opened on the World Wide Web in July 1995. The company is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon. For more information, visit www.amazon.com/about.

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Toys“R”Us to hire 40,000 employees as the company prepares for another busy holiday shopping season

Holiday Workforce to Join Seasoned #ToyExperts to Staff Company’s Stores and Distribution Centers Across the Country, Helping Fulfill Gift-Givers’ Needs; Dedicated Holiday Hiring Website, Toysrusinc.com/careers/holiday, Serves As One-Stop Shop for Career Information

WAYNE, NJ, 2015-9-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Toys“R”Us® today announced plans to hire 40,000 employees at its stores and distribution centers throughout the country as the company prepares for another busy holiday shopping season. With a focus on meeting the needs of both its customers and workforce, Toys“R”Us will offer seasonal workers the opportunity to take on significantly more hours than in previous years, while also continuing to provide extra hours to current employees. And, with additional time spent on-the-job, the company’s holiday hires will be fully-equipped to share their knowledge and skills to help ensure customers can check off everything on their little ones’ wish lists.

Click to Tweet:.@Toysrus is #hiring for the holidays! Learn more & apply now –www.toysrusinc.com/careers/holiday

“Our expanded workforce, together with our more tenured toy experts, plays a pivotal role in ensuring we provide an exceptional experience for shoppers in search of gifts that will bring huge smiles to the children in their lives,” said Dave Brandon, Chairman and CEO, Toys“R”Us, Inc. “We are seeking enthusiastic, highly motivated and customer-focused individuals to join our team during this busy, but very exciting time of year. Our seasonal staff helps us make parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles holiday heroes, and we are proud that many members of our workforce began as seasonal employees and have remained with us as they grow their careers.”

Interviewing for seasonal positions at Toys“R”Us stores begins this month with new hires starting work in October. Staffing will continue to build through December. Positions range from sales employees and stock crew to omnichannel fulfillment teams.

Employment opportunities are also available at the company’s distribution centers nationwide, where hiring is currently underway and will continue through November. Full- and part-time openings include warehouse workers in the receiving, storage and shipping departments, online order fulfillment coordinators and department managers.

Most holiday jobs are part-time, offering employees flexible work schedules throughout the week. Seasonal store employees will average 18 to 20 hours per week, and up to 30 hours during peak season, dependent on an individual’s availability. Applications are being accepted now via the company’s dedicated Holiday Hiring website, Toysrusinc.com/careers/holiday, which also serves as a go-to resource for job seekers interested in learning more about the exciting, fast-paced and rewarding seasonal positions available at Toys“R”Us. As an equal opportunity employer, the company is committed to workplace diversity and welcomes all qualified individuals to apply.

High-performing seasonal workers have an opportunity not only to bring happiness to children and families during the holidays, but all year round. Last year, 20 percent of the company’s seasonal workforce secured positions after Christmas, choosing Toys“R”Us to help further their careers. In fact, a number of seasonal workers who have excelled in their roles have transitioned to full-time management positions as well.

#ToyExperts Share Their Passions to Bring Joy to Children

When visiting the ultimate toy destination, shoppers rely on the expertise of toy-trained employees as they begin the quest to fulfill their little ones’ wish lists.

Throughout the holiday season, Toys“R”Us will leverage its social channels to feature unique stories of employees from across the country who help make Toys“R”Us THE toy authority by harnessing their inner passions to inspire little ones and spread holiday cheer. Potential applicants and social media users are encouraged to learn more and join the conversation using #ToyExperts on the company’s Careers channels: Facebook.com/Ruscareers, @ToysrusCareers onTwitter and Instagram and LinkedIn, as well as the official Toys“R”Us Twitter and Instagram accounts, @Toysrus.

To download high-resolution photos of Toys“R”Us employees in stores, conducting daily duties, as well as holiday hiring signage, please click here.

For company news and updates throughout the season, please visit “R” Holiday Press Room.

About Toys“R”Us, Inc.
Toys“R”Us, Inc. is the world’s leading dedicated toy and baby products retailer, offering a differentiated shopping experience through its family of brands. Merchandise is sold in 864 Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us stores in the United States, Puerto Rico and Guam, and in more than 730 international stores and over 240 licensed stores in 38 countries and jurisdictions. In addition, it exclusively operates the legendary FAO Schwarz brand and sells extraordinary toys at FAO.com. With its strong portfolio of e-commerce sites including Toysrus.com, Babiesrus.com and FAO.com, it provides shoppers with a broad online selection of distinctive toy and baby products. Headquartered in Wayne, NJ, Toys“R”Us, Inc. employs approximately 66,000 associates annually worldwide. The company is committed to serving its communities as a caring and reputable neighbor through programs dedicated to keeping kids safe and helping them in times of need. Additional information about Toys“R”Us, Inc. can be found on Toysrusinc.com. Follow Toys“R”Us, Babies“R”Us and FAO Schwarz on Facebook at Facebook.com/Toysrus, Facebook.com/Babiesrus and Facebook.com/FAO and on Twitter at Twitter.com/Toysrus, Twitter.com/Babiesrus and Twitter.com/FAOSchwarz.

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Gap Inc. reports net sales up 4 percent and comparable sales positive 3 percent for the holiday shopping season

SAN FRANCISCO, 2015-1-9 — /EPR Retail News/ — Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS) today reported that net sales were up 4 percent and comparable sales were positive 3 percent for the November and December 2014 holiday shopping season, compared with last year.

“During November and December, we were pleased to achieve a positive 3 comp, led by Old Navy with a very strong 12 comp for the combined holiday months,” said Glenn Murphy, chairman and chief executive officer of Gap Inc.

December Sales Results

Net sales for the five-week period ended January 3, 2015 increased 2 percent to $2.10 billion, compared with net sales of $2.05 billion for the five-week period ended January 4, 2014.

Gap Inc.’s comparable sales for December 2014 were up 1 percent versus flat last year. Comparable sales by global brand for December 2014 were as follows:

  • Gap Global: negative 5 percent versus positive 1 percent last year
  • Banana Republic Global: flat versus flat last year
  • Old Navy Global: positive 8 percent versus negative 2 percent last year

Additional insight into Gap Inc.’s sales performance is available by calling 1-800-GAP-NEWS (1-800-427-6397). International callers may call 706-902-4949. The recording will be available at approximately 1:00 p.m. Pacific Time on January 8, 2015 and available for replay until 1:00 p.m. Pacific Time on January 16, 2015.

The company also noted a change to its monthly reporting cycle. Beginning with its January sales release, for the third month of each fiscal quarter, the company will shift the timing of its monthly sales release out by two business days, to the Monday of fiscal week two at 1:00 p.m. Pacific Time. The sales release for the third month of the quarter is typically when Gap Inc. provides preliminary earnings per share guidance. For the first and second months of each quarter, the company will continue to release sales results on Thursday of fiscal week one at 1:00 p.m. Pacific Time.

January Sales

The company will report January sales at 1:00 p.m. Pacific Time on Monday, February 9, 2015.

About Gap Inc.
Gap Inc. is a leading global retailer offering clothing, accessories, and personal care products for men, women, and children under the Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Piperlime, Athleta, and Intermix brands. Fiscal year 2013 net sales were $16.1 billion. Gap Inc. products are available for purchase in more than 90 countries worldwide through about 3,200 company-operated stores, over 400 franchise stores, and e-commerce sites. For more information, please visit www.gapinc.com.