CVS Pharmacy unveils incentives, rewards and hot deals this Thanksgiving weekend

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2017-Nov-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — CVS Pharmacy wants to take the stress out of the holiday season this year by helping customers easily and affordably check off all the little things on their list from unique stocking stuffers to entertaining essentials so they can get back to enjoying the spirit of the season. CVS Pharmacy shoppers will see even more incentives and rewards for in-store and online purchases including a new five-week long gift card promotion, hot deals and special offers throughout Black Friday, Cyber Monday and beyond.

New this year, ExtraCare members will receive $10 in a “CVS Cash Card” after spending $30 on specially marked seasonal merchandise and everyday essentials noted in weekly circular ads and in stores. The cash card can be spent on nearly all non-prescription items in store with no expiration. The promotion runs November 5th through December 9th.*

Continuing the savings momentum, ExtraCare members will see exciting savings opportunities during a three-day Black Friday sales event at more than 7,900 CVS Pharmacy locations nationwide, which kicks off on Thanksgiving Day and runs through Saturday, November 25th.

“We want to make it easy for our customers to get what they need for the holiday season with surprising items at excellent value,” said Judy Sansone, Senior Vice President of Front Store Business, CVS Pharmacy and Chief Merchant of CVS Health. “Our goal is to help take the stress out of the season by offering quality deals on everything from unique holiday gifts to seasonal candy and food options for entertaining, as well as everyday health, beauty and home essentials so our customers can focus on finding joy in the little things that matter most to them.”

Hot Doorbusters for Everyone
Offers during the CVS Pharmacy three-day Black Friday sales event include free shipping on all online orders during this time and up to 80% off select items on CVS.com.

  • Beauty: Find exciting savings on popular beauty and cosmetic must-haves, bath gift sets, and designer fragrances. Select Nautica, Beyonc, Guess, Jennifer Lopez and Vera Wang fragrances will be just $12.99, select NYX Professional Lip Color or Glosses will be 2 for $11.98 with $10 in ExtraBucks Rewards, and select wet n wild gift sets will be $4.99 each with $4 in ExtraBucks Rewards and $9.99 each with $8 in ExtraBucks Rewards. In addition, select Conair hair appliances will be $10 with $5 in ExtraBucks Rewards and select Organic Doctor skin care and Physicians Formula mascara or eyeliner will be free after ExtraBucks offers.
  • Essentials: Save on Cottonelle CleanCare toilet paper, Scott Tube-Free bath tissue (9 rolls) and Kleenex (3 pack) for $3.77 each with $1.00 in ExtraBucks Rewards. In addition, Xtra laundry detergent (51 oz.) is $1.99 with $1.00 in ExtraBucks Rewards. CVS batteries (4 pack) and Glade Freshener (6 oz.) will also be free after ExtraBucks offers.
  • Toys: Buy One, Get One Free on the hottest seasonal toys for kids of all ages including Discovery Kids Play Sets, Barbie, Star Wars, Frozen, Trolls and select “As Seen on TV” favorites. In addition, find a Blue Hat Toy Company 34-piece Train Set for $19.99 and a Superway Super Truck Set for $29.99.
  • Decor: Get in the spirit with great deals on festive dcor, including Buy One, Get One Free on select Merry Brite light sets, Hallmark licensed ornaments and select boxed cards.
  • Entertaining: Save on everything from healthier snacks to favorite eats. This year, Gold Emblem or Gold Emblem Abound bagged pistachios or pistachio mixes (5-8.25 oz.) will be $2.99. Cheerios will be $1.99 with $1.00 in ExtraBucks Rewards, and Edy’s and Dreyer’s ice cream will be Buy One, Get One Free (not available in California.) Green Giant vegetables (11-15.25 oz.) will also be free after ExtraBucks offers.
  • Stocking Stuffers: Find everything needed to fill your stockings including Buy One, Get One Free on Nestle and Mars Chocolate Single Candy and Schick Hydro Men’s Razor (1 ct.) for $7.99 with $3 in ExtraBucks Rewards (and a $3Manufacturer coupon). Beauty 360 or Blade 2 Disposable Razors (3 ct.), GUM Toothbrush (2pl) and select candies (Starburst, Skittles and Wrigley gum singles) will also be free after ExtraBucks offers.
  • Photo Gifts: Customers can give thoughtful and personalized gifts this season by receiving 40% off photo cards, 30% off photo books and 20% off photo gifts (including home dcor, mugs, ornaments and more). In addition, 50 4×6 prints will be just $6 and 100 4×6 prints will be just $10. Promotion is available online at www.cvs.com/photo or for any prints purchased through the CVS Pharmacy app.

Customers must be a member of the CVS Pharmacy ExtraCare program to be eligible for these deals. Customers can easily enroll for free in-store or online at CVS.com.

During the week of Cyber Monday (November 26th through December 2nd), customers will also have access to exciting new daily deal flash sales on CVS.com featuring hot items up to 66% off including some items totally free while supplies last, for any customer who spends $25 or more. Flash sales will run each day from 12:00 am to 11:59 pm. In addition to these deals, customers can receive 40% off their entire CVS Photo order all week long.

*CVS Cash Card is not actual cash and will pay out in the form of a gift card. ExtraCare card required. Coupon for a free CVS Cash Card will print on receipt immediately following qualifying purchase(s) of $30 or more. Qualifying purchases will need to occur within the promotion week to reach the $30 threshold. Limit 1 free $10 CVS Cash Card per cardholder per week. CVS Pharmacy reserves the right to limit quantities on all items or the availability of rainchecks for items where permitted by law. Curbside customers must redeem CVS Cash Card coupon in store. The CVS Cash Card can be used for any purchase with the same restrictions as gift card purchases (excluding prescriptions and alcohol).

About CVS Pharmacy
CVS Pharmacy, the retail division of CVS Health (NYSE: CVS), is America’s leading retail pharmacy with over 9,700 locations. It is the first national pharmacy to end the sale of tobacco and the first pharmacy in the nation to receive the Community Pharmacy accreditation from URAC, the leading health care accreditation organization that establishes quality standards for the health care industry. CVS Pharmacy is reinventing pharmacy to help people on their path to better health by providing the most accessible and personalized expertise, both in its stores and online at CVS.com. General information about CVS Pharmacy is available at http://www.cvshealth.com.

Press Contacts:
Stephanie Cunha
CVS Pharmacy
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E: Stephanie.Cunha@CVSHealth.com

SOURCE: CVS Pharmacy

Paradies Lagardère to hold Treat Our Troops program Thanksgiving weekend, Thursday, November 23, through Sunday, November 26

More than 20 restaurants in 10 U.S. airports will participate

ATLANTA, 2017-Nov-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Paradies Lagardère, the North American travel retail and restaurateur leader, will once again offer a special thanks to the country’s military personnel. Paradies Lagardère invites active or retired military to enjoy a free meal through its Food and Beverage Division’s Treat Our Troops program Thanksgiving weekend, Thursday, November 23, through Sunday, November 26, in these participating airport restaurants:

Asheville Regional: Blue Ridge Tavern Long Beach: Long Beach Marche
Austin–Bergstrom: Second Bar + Kitchen Long Beach: 4th Street Vine
Austin–Bergstrom: Ruta Maya Coffee Long Beach: The Boathouse
Austin–Bergstrom: ThunderCloud Subs Northwest Arkansas: Smokewood American Grill
Dallas Fort Worth: Whitetail Bistro Northwest Arkansas: Say Si Bon! Gourmet Market
Dallas Fort Worth: Abacus Northwest Arkansas: Auntie Anne’s Pretzels
Dallas Fort Worth: Hickory Northwest Arkansas: Core Brewing Co.
Denver: Say Si Bon! TravelMart Pittsburgh: Bar Symon
Denver: Auntie Anne’s Pretzels Pittsburgh: Bottega dei Sapori
Denver: Big Bowl Reagan National: Say Si Bon! Gourmet Market – Center Pier
Denver: The Magic Pan Crepe Stand Reagan National: Say Si Bon! Gourmet Market – North Pier
Denver: The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Reagan National: The Magic Pan Crepe Stand
Denver: Steve’s Snappin’ Dogs Reagan National: Wow Bao
Eagle County: Townie Tavern Reagan National: Washington Pour Bar
Eagle County: Alpenglo Grille Reagan National: U Street Pub
Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta: Sweet Auburn Market

Active and retired military service men and women can simply show their military identification when ordering or checking out to take advantage of this promotion.

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“One of Paradies Lagardère’s Core Values is giving back to the community. Providing free meals in our airport restaurants to our country’s military personnel through our Food and Beverage Division’s Treat Our Troops program is our way of saying thank you for serving our country,” said Bill Casey, senior vice president, Food and Beverage, Paradies Lagardère. “We’ve fed thousands of service members since the program started in 2013, and this initiative during Thanksgiving is just a small way of showing our appreciation for all that our service members do.”

Additional details:

Treat Our Troops is a national program that facilitates customer donations in many of the U.S. airports in which Paradies Lagardère operates stores. Shoppers are given the opportunity to purchase a wide variety of useful items such as snacks, beverages, toiletries, reading materials, and electronics, which are then placed in a collection box. Working in conjunction with airports and the United Service Organization (USO), Paradies Lagardère coordinates packaging and delivery of these donations to USO offices across the country. In 2016, the program resulted in donations of more than 1.2 million products to military men and women worldwide.

Paradies Lagardère also offers free meals to U.S. military personnel between Memorial Day and Independence Day. Learn more about these and other initiatives by visiting www.paradieslagardere.com.

High-end restaurants, quick-serve restaurants, bars and coffee shops are all a part of Paradies Lagardère’s Food and Beverage concepts. Brands have been tailored to entice travelers with the same familiar quality, variety, taste, and atmosphere as their favorite “at home” dining spots, while maintaining the highest levels of quality and service.

Paradies Lagardère was recently recognized for excellence in Food and Beverage. The USA Today 10Best Awards recognized Long Beach Airport, where Paradies Lagardère manages the full restaurant program, as its Best Airport for Dining two years in a row. Bar Symon, at Pittsburgh International Airport, also earned a spot in the top five for the USA Today 10Best awards for Best Airport Bar and Best Airport Bar Waitstaff.

Source: Paradies Lagardère

New survey reveal an estimated 164 million people plan to shop during Thanksgiving weekend and Cyber Monday

WASHINGTON, 2017-Nov-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — The biggest shopping weekend of the year is right around the corner and 69 percent of Americans — an estimated 164 million people — are planning to shop or considering shopping during Thanksgiving weekend, according to the annual survey released today by the National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analytics. For the first time in survey history, the numbers include Cyber Monday in addition to Thanksgiving Day, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Sunday.

“This year, we updated our survey to more accurately capture consumer behavior throughout the entire shopping weekend — Thanksgiving Day through Cyber Monday,” NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said. “Consumers will benefit from competitive promotions both in stores and online lasting the course of the weekend, allowing them to find the best gifts at the lowest prices.”

Of those considering shopping the long holiday weekend, the survey found that 20 percent plan to shop on Thanksgiving Day (32 million) but Black Friday will remain the busiest day with 70 percent planning to shop then (115 million). A substantial 43 percent are expected to shop on Saturday (71 million), with 76 percent saying they will do so specifically to support Small Business Saturday. On Sunday, 21 percent expect to shop (35 million) and 48 percent are expected to shop on Cyber Monday (78 million).

Of those shopping, 66 percent said they’re doing so to take advantage of deals and promotions retailers will offer, while 26 percent cited the tradition of shopping over Thanksgiving weekend and 23 percent said it’s something to do over the holiday weekend. Another 23 percent said it is when they start their holiday shopping.

According to the survey, 56 percent of Americans have already started their holiday shopping, but most still have a long way to go. Only 12 percent of consumers have completed at least half of their shopping, while only 2 percent have finished all of their holiday shopping.

When asked what they enjoy the most about shopping during the holidays, 35 percent said it is a family tradition while 23 percent said they most enjoy holiday decorations and displays; 18 percent cited finding the perfect gift for someone.

“While the utility of the weekend will continue to draw shoppers into stores and online to efficiently and inexpensively check off their lists, we’re also seeing consumers report tradition and the opportunity to partake in holiday cheer as reasons for shopping, too,” Prosper Principal Analyst Pam Goodfellow said. “By now, people know what sort of deals they can expect to see during the weekend and are budgeting for them accordingly, and in many cases expertly.”

“For Gen Z, the holiday shopping weekend is a can’t-miss opportunity,” Goodfellow said. “This group overwhelmingly sees in-store shopping as a valuable way to connect with others, be it friends, family or store associates at their favorite retailers.”

While many consumers will take advantage of deals over Thanksgiving weekend, 31 percent will refrain from shopping that weekend. Of those not planning to participate, 52 percent won’t shop because they do not enjoy the experience and 51 percent say they never shop during Thanksgiving weekend. Of those not shopping, 46 percent said nothing would change their mind but 27 percent said a good sale or discount on an item they want could get them to shop.

The survey, which asked 7,439 consumers about their shopping plans, was conducted October 31-November 7 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 1.2 percentage points.

Full data results surrounding the survey will not be published on NRF.com. News media and analysts who require additional information can contact press@nrf.com. Due to the changes in the survey, no historical data will be provided.

NRF Thanksgiving Weekend and Cyber Monday Results and Weekend Contact Information

To more accurately capture the entirety of spending on Thanksgiving weekend, NRF this year will release spending data on November 28, the day after Cyber Monday. Doing so will allow NRF to provide a more accurate picture of consumer activity over the entire weekend and incorporate Cyber Monday data into the results. As consumer behavior evolves, NRF will continue to focus its efforts on providing the most relevant, accurate and insightful analysis of its impact on the retail industry.

Additionally, NRF will host a media call with Shay at 1 p.m. November 28. An advisory will be sent to retail, trade and business media in the coming days. The call will discuss what time people started shopping on Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday, how many people shopped for Small Business Saturday, the percentage of those shopping online over the weekend and final results for Cyber Monday.

NRF offices will be closed on Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday, but members of the media relations team will be available from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Black Friday. To request a print or broadcast interview, contact Ana Serafin Smith at press@nrf.com or 855-NRF-PRESS.

About Prosper Insights & Analytics
Prosper Insights & Analytics is a global leader in consumer intent data serving the financial services, marketing technology, and retail industries. We provide global authoritative market information on US and China consumers via curated insights and analytics. By integrating a variety of data including economic, behavioral and attitudinal data, Prosper helps companies accurately predict consumers’ future behavior to help identify market behaviors, optimize marketing efforts, and improve the effectiveness of demand generation campaigns. www.ProsperInsights.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.

Contact:

Ana Serafin Smith
(202) 626-8189
press@nrf.com
(855) NRF-Press

Source: NRF

NRF’s Preliminary Thanksgiving Weekend Survey: Millennials love Thanksgiving Day, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday Shopping

WASHINGTON, 2015-11-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Although nearly 60 percent of holiday shoppers had already started checking off their shopping lists by November 10, millions more are eagerly waiting to hear what retailers have in store – and online – for the biggest holiday shopping weekend of the year. According to NRF’s Preliminary Thanksgiving Weekend Survey, an estimated 135.8 million shoppers (58.7%) definitely will or may shop on Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and/or Sunday, similar to the 61.1 percent who planned to last year and more than the 55 percent of holiday shoppers who said they did shop in stores and online over the weekend in 2014.

NRF’s 2014 Thanksgiving Weekend results Survey found 133.7 million holiday shoppers were in stores and online over the holiday weekend.

“The importance of Thanksgiving weekend to both retailers and consumers will never change. However, retailers have already given consumers several good reasons to start their holiday shopping earlier,” said NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay. “We suspect early holiday shoppers could still be on the fence about whether or not to try their hand at finding online and in- store deals Thanksgiving weekend.”

“To make it even easier on holiday shoppers this year, we expect retailers will offer exclusive savings each day of the big weekend, including Thanksgiving and Black Friday-only deals and even extended Cyber Monday promotions throughout the week that follows,” continued Shay. “But this weekend isn’t the end-all-be-all; it’s important to remember, there will be several important weekends to keep an eye on before we wrap up the holiday season.”

Of those who plan to or are anticipating they may shop online or in store over the weekend, most will shop on Black Friday (73.5% vs. 68.2% from NRF’s preliminary survey in 2014), though 22.3 percent say they are eagerly anticipating retailers’ Thanksgiving Day deals, compared to 18.3 percent in NRF’s preliminary 2014 survey. Saturday is often overlooked because it’s sandwiched between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but the numbers speak for themselves: 49 percent of those surveyed say they will shop in stores and online on Saturday, up from the 42.9 percent in last year’s preliminary survey. One in five (23.1%) say they will or may shop on Sunday.

NRF also asked those Saturday shoppers if they would specifically shop for Small Business Saturday: the survey found 22.3 percent said they would and 54 percent say maybe.

And for the first year NRF asked about plans to shop on Cyber Monday. According to the survey 79.6 percent – or a potential 183.8 million unique shoppers – said they would or may shop on Cyber Monday.

Millennials love Thanksgiving Day, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday Shopping

When it comes to holiday celebrations over the Thanksgiving weekend, it is clear millennials are still quite interested in being a part of the shopping experience. According to the survey 77.8 percent of 18-24 year olds and 77.4 percent of 25-34 year olds said they definitely will or may shop online and in stores over the Thanksgiving weekend.

“Millennials love shopping in stores and online over Thanksgiving weekend for several reasons, including the opportunities afforded to them that allow them to splurge on ‘non-gifts’ for themselves and even the potential to sleep in on Black Friday after having spent the night before bouncing from store to store,” said Prosper’s Principal Analyst Pam Goodfellow. “For these adults, it’s less about making room for pumpkin pie and more about going out with friends, checking out the deals through their mobile phones and experiencing retailers’ night owl hours and perhaps making a dent in their shopping lists.”

“Given how shoppers today overall gravitate towards all things digital, there’s a high likelihood online shopping will be bigger than ever over the holiday weekend and on Cyber Monday,” continued Goodfellow.

Although the entire weekend is seen as one big social experience, Black Friday is expected to be the biggest day for these age groups. Of those millennials who will or may shop over the holiday weekend, the survey found 84.3 percent of 18-24 year olds and 80.2 percent of 25-34 year olds say they will shop on Black Friday. One-quarter (25.4%) of 18-24 year olds will or may shop on Thanksgiving Day and nearly one-third (32.7%) of 25-34 year olds will make room for shopping after turkey and dessert.

Twenty-five to 34 year olds also seem to be more likely to specifically support Small Business Saturday: 34.7 percent of those who are planning to or may shop on Saturday will specifically shop to support small businesses over the weekend.

And when it comes to Cyber Monday, there’s no question that young adults still love the idea of exclusive Cyber Monday deals. According to the survey 88.7 percent of 18-24 year olds and 90.9 percent of 25-34 year olds say yes or maybe when asked if they will shop online on Cyber Monday.

CyberMonday.com Announces Black Friday Deals of the Hour

Shop.org’s CyberMonday.com, which features promotions and deals from hundreds of retailers, will feature a Deal of the Hour on Black Friday from more than 20 different retailers. Select deals include:

Time (EST)     Merchant
12 – 1am        Under Armour
1 – 2am          Apple
2 – 3am          Sierra Trading Post
3 – 4am           Bose
4 – 5am          Omaha Steaks
5 – 6am          Magazines.com
6 – 7am         Saks
7 – 8am         Overstock

Click here for a complete list of companies and times. Offers will include free shipping specials, dollars off and even free gifts with purchase. Retailers will also use CyberMonday.com to promote their Cyber Monday Deal of the Hour. NRF will announce retailers’ Cyber Monday promotions on Sunday, November 29.

NRF Thanksgiving Weekend Spending Results and Weekend Contact Information

NRF will release the results of its Thanksgiving Weekend Survey by 1:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, November 29. Information will include what time people started shopping on Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday, how many people say they shopped for Small Business Saturday and the percentage spent online in total over the weekend. NRF will also release an updated number of people who as of that Sunday are planning to shop online on Cyber Monday.

MEDIA AND ANALYSTS ONLY: Additionally NRF will host an exclusive media call with President and CEO Matthew Shay at 2 p.m. An advisory will be sent to retail, trade and business media in the coming days.

NRF offices will be closed Friday, November 28, but members of the media relations team will be available from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on the press line. To request a print or broadcast interview with a NRF spokesperson at any time, please use the below contact information:

Treacy Reynolds (8 a.m. – 3 p.m.) 855-NRF-PRESS or ReynoldsT@nrf.com or press@nrf.com,

Kathy Grannis Allen, allenk@nrf.com

Kathy Grannis Allen
(202) 783-7971
press@nrf.com
(855) NRF-Press

ICSC: 71 percent of Americans plan to stock up on holiday gifts over Thanksgiving weekend

  • More than 7 in 10 Americans (71 percent) plan to stock up on holiday gifts and merchandise over Thanksgiving weekend (Thursday-Sunday), according to the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) Black Friday Shopping Study.
  • One in three Americans (32 percent) plan to shop in-store on “Cyber Monday.”
  • Hot toys include LEGO dimensions starter pack, Paw Patroller, Hot Wheels Ultimate Garage, Star Wars Bladebuilders Jedi Master Lightsaber.

NEW YORK, 2015-11-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — The 2015 International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) Black Friday Shopping Study shows more than 7 in 10 Americans (71 percent) are planning to make holiday purchases over the Thanksgiving holiday period. Furthermore, 59 percent plan to make a purchase at a physical store over the weekend (Thursday-Sunday).

Surprisingly, Cyber Monday is shaping up to be the second-most popular day for in-store shopping – even though it’s a day normally associated with online activity. Overall, Americans plan to shop in-store on:

  • Thanksgiving Day (15 percent)
  • Black Friday (41 percent)
  • The Saturday and/or Sunday after Thanksgiving (30 percent)
  • Cyber Monday (32 percent)

“Shoppers’ in-store plans for Cyber Monday shows the lines between the online and in-store retail experiences are continuing to blur,” says Jesse Tron, ICSC Spokesman. “In-store shopping remains the preeminent channel for transactions, but online retail is continuing to influence those transactions by offering added value to shoppers in the form of research, in-store pickup, and more.”

Consumers planning to make a purchase over Thanksgiving weekend (Thursday-Sunday) will spend an average of $259 at retailers that have a physical presence. This represents 73 percent of Thanksgiving Weekend spending – including 14 percent for online purchases that will be picked up in store. This is significant as 4 out of 5 shoppers say they are likely to buy additional items when they go to retrieve their item.

Of all Thanksgiving weekend spending:

  • 60 percent will be spent on holiday gifts for others
  • 29 percent on non-gift items for themselves and their household
  • and 11 percent on non-gift items for people not in their house

Thanksgiving Day shopping: consumers have their say

As stores make headlines over their decisions to open their doors (or not) on Thanksgiving, shoppers are planning to take advantage of the extended hours. Of those who do plan to go to a shopping center on Thanksgiving Day, they will do so to:

  • Shop (68 percent)
  • Dine (41 percent)
  • See a movie (29 percent)
  • Have a child’s picture taken with Santa (15 percent)
  • Attend a holiday-themed-event like a Christmas tree or menorah lighting ceremony (15 percent)

Those who plan to shop on the Thanksgiving holiday say they plan to do so because:

  • Want to get a head start on finding the bargains offered (50 percent)
  • A fun opportunity to go shopping with family/friends (43 percent)
  • An opportunity to shop at more stores during the extended weekend (33 percent)
  • Expect the crowds to be smaller than on black Friday (28 percent)

Tech-enabled shopping: Shoppers getting savvy

Technology will continue to support the growing trend of omni-channel shopping for Thanksgiving weekend consumers, as more than 8 in 10 (82 percent) will do research online before making purchases in-store.

Additionally, 80 percent of shoppers plan to use a mobile device when shopping, most popularly to:

  • Compare prices (56 percent)
  • View ratings or reviews (37 percent)
  • Check availability/inventory (36 percent)
  • Get digital discounts or coupons to use in-store (36 percent)
  • Take pictures of items they’re thinking about purchasing (27 percent)

Hot gifts and shopping categories for the Holidays

Holiday shoppers will make the following distribution of their purchases in-store for the following categories:

  • Food and drink intended for holiday entertaining or gifts (84%)
  • Gift cards (69 percent)
  • Apparel and footwear (63 percent)
  • Home goods/housewares (60 percent)
  • Toys and games, not including apps or video games (55 percent)

This holiday, 66 percent of Americans will join in the scramble for the hottest toys and games of the season. The most popular ones cited include:

  • 1. LEGO Dimensions Starter Pack
  • T-2. Paw Patrol – Paw Patroller
  • T-2. Hot Wheels Ultimate Garage
  • T-3. Star Wars Bladebuilders Jedi Master Lightsaber
  • T-3. Mattel Barbie Dream House
  • T-3. Marvel Hulk Smash Vehicle
  • T-3. Doc McStuffins Take Care of Me Lambie

Methodology

The 2015 ICSC Black Friday Shopping Study was conducted online by Opinion Research Corporation on behalf of ICSC from November 2-4, 2015. The survey represents a demographically representative U.S. sample of 1,016 adults 18 years of age and older.

About ICSC
Founded in 1957, ICSC is the global trade association of the shopping center industry. Its more than 70,000 members in over 100 countries include shopping center owners, developers, managers, investors, retailers, brokers, academics, and public officials. The shopping center industry is essential to economic development and opportunity. They are a significant job creator, driver of GDP, and critical revenue source for the communities they serve through the collection of sales taxes and the payment of property taxes. These taxes fund important municipal services like firefighters, police officers, school services, and infrastructure like roadways and parks. Shopping centers aren’t only fiscal engines however; they are integral to the social fabric of their communities by providing a central place to congregate with friends and family, discuss community matters, and participate in and encourage philanthropic endeavors. For more information about ICSC visit www.icsc.org and for the latest news from ICSC and the industry go to www.thecenterofshopping.com.

SOURCE: International Council of Shopping Centers

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ICSC: 71 percent of Americans plan to stock up on holiday gifts over Thanksgiving weekend

ICSC: 71 percent of Americans plan to stock up on holiday gifts over Thanksgiving weekend

NRF’s Holiday Consumer Spending Survey: Bargain hunters are taking their time with their holiday shopping to take advantage of bigger discounts over Thanksgiving weekend

WASHINGTON, 2014-11-13— /EPR Retail News/ — Procrastinators and bargain hunters alike are taking their time getting started with their holiday shopping bonanza, possibly to take advantage of deeper discounts over Thanksgiving weekend and late in the season. According to NRF’s Holiday Consumer Spending Survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics, 45.6 percent of holiday shoppers say they haven’t started shopping yet, relatively flat with last years’ 46.2 percent but the lowest in the survey’s seven-year history.

“Many consumers are going to wait and see how great the promotions will be later this season before making any commitments,” said NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay. “Retailers have reacted to this ‘wait and see’ mentality with fewer October deals and a much quieter entry into November, when we’ll start to see retailers ramp up with offers for exclusive merchandise, deep discounts and unique online savings opportunities.”

The survey found that while slightly fewer people haven’t started shopping yet, 20.6 percent have finished 10 percent or less of their shopping, while 12.4 percent have completed about one-quarter of their lists; 2.2 percent are saying they can sit back and relax as they have already finished their shopping for friends and family.

Unsurprisingly, apparel, toys and video games will be popular gift items this year. The survey found six in 10 (60.9%) will buy clothing and accessories, 46.3 percent will buy books, CDs, DVDs and video games, and two in five (42%) will buy toys. Likely having loaded up on wearable technology items and new smartphones throughout the year, slightly fewer people will buy electronic items as gifts (30.7% vs. 33%). Some people are in for a real treat: 24 percent of shoppers will buy jewelry for a friend or family member, the highest percent since 2006. Gift cards continue as a favorite for both shoppers and recipients as six in 10 (60%) will buy gift cards, similar to the 59.2 percent who planned to do so last year. In an October NRF survey, 60 percent of shoppers also said they’d like to receive gift cards, marking gift cards the most requested gift item for eight years in a row.

Shoppers look for inspiration for gifts from every corner, and with the innovative creation of retailers’ wish lists, many consumers this holiday season will take to the web to point loved ones to specific, perfect gift ideas. The survey found 32.1 percent say they will look for inspiration on wish lists, up from 28.8 percent last year. Others will conduct online searches (47.7%), discuss options with family and friends (41.7%), check out advertising circulars (34.3%) and email advertisements (20.1%), and even search Facebook (10.6%).

“Retailers make holiday shoppers’ job easy with so many options to find the perfect gift, and with little room to waste on gifts that don’t make sense, consumers today want to be sure what they buy is used and enjoyed by their loved ones,” said Prosper’s Principal Analyst Pam Goodfellow. “On the hunt for bargains, quality merchandise that is unique and even exclusive, gift givers this holiday season will seek out both practical and indulgent gift items, though being sure not to break the bank.”

When it comes to how shoppers will pay for their gifts, nearly four in 10 (38%) will use their credit card, the most in the survey’s history and up from 28.5 percent last year; one in five (21.6%) will use cash and 38.4 percent will use their debit or check card. Just 2.1 percent will use a check, the lowest in the survey’s history.

When broken down by age group, young adults ages 18-24 are the least likely to use credit to pay for gifts at just 17.7 percent, and 65+ are the most likely to use credit cards at 56 percent. Nearly half of 18-24 year olds (48.9%) plan to use their debit or check card to buy gift items.

About the Survey

The NRF 2014 Holiday Consumer Spending Survey was designed to gauge consumer behavior and shopping trends related to the winter holidays. The survey polled 6,593 consumers and was conducted for NRF by Prosper Insights & Analytics, November 3-10, 2014. The consumer poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 1.2 percentage points.

Prosper Insights and 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

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 that retail plays in driving innovation. www.nrf.com.

Kathy Grannis
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press@nrf.com
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