Tuesday, 25 November 2014 23:16

Navigating the Black Friday crowds

It just takes a little planning and discipline

With the holiday creep happening earlier and earlier in November, Black Friday might not be what it used to. Although the traditional shopping day is still strong in Maine due to state law that prohibits retail stores with over 5,000 square feet from opening on the holiday, some stores will be open across the state on Thanksgiving Day, including pharmacies like Walgreens and Rite Aid that, despite their store size, fall under one of 34 exemptions under Maine statutes.

Published in Style
Thursday, 15 November 2012 00:00

Black Friday fever

I love Black Friday. It's not that I have a lot to buy, or that I even go for the deals. It has more to do with the frenzy and excitement I feel like I'm taking a part in a nationwide ritual.

But there are the war stories of all the pushing, shoving, grabbing, honking, hours of waiting in line all for the allure of getting $10 blenders or 32' HD TVs for $149. In some rare instances, more serious things have happened that cast doubt on what the day was about it doesn't sound enjoyable when you read about people getting trampled in a mad rush across the aisles.

Published in The Frugal Edge
Thursday, 17 November 2011 10:03

Black Midnight 2011

New hours, new offers and a new approach as retailers brace for holiday season

BANGOR With the holidays fast approaching, retailers are gearing up for their annual pilgrimage into what many are hoping will be a lucrative start to this year's holiday shopping season. For many retailers, this year also means a few changes that will forever alter the shopping landscape where extended hours and online strategies will make or break this year's bottom line.

According to the National Retail Federation, the nation's largest trade group that tracks data from the U.S. Department of Commerce, holiday shopping beginning on Black Friday, Nov. 25, is estimated to increase 2.8 percent this year to just over $465 billion. That comes on the heels of a healthy 5.2 percent increase in 2010, which surprised many analysts who predicted sales would fall below the 10-year average of 2.6 percent.

'Retailers are optimistic that a combination of strong promotions and lean inventory levels will help them address consumer caution this holiday season,' said Matthew Shay, NRF president and CEO. 'While businesses remain concerned over the viability of the economic recovery, there is no doubt that the retail industry is in a better position this year to handle consumer uncertainty than it was in 2008 and 2009.'

Published in Cover Story


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