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Wednesday, 21 November 2012 16:53

Tis the season to spend it at home!

Here we are again heading into the peak holiday retail season. Many retailers small and large are depending on these next few weeks to end the year on a positive note. For some, these next weeks will mean the difference between staying in business in the new year or hanging out the 'closed for business' sign.

As you make your shopping list, please do your part to support our small businesses and wherever possible keep it local. Small Business Saturday will be celebrated nationwide this weekend. It's essential to the fabric of our communities to support our small businesses any time of year but this time of year especially.

Published in Local Business
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

It's hard to believe that Halloween is right around the corner. My house is already decorated, my kid has already picked her costume, and we have a ton of candy to give away. And after that, in the blink of an eye, the holiday season will be in full swing. That means a whirlwind of activity, demands and busy schedules for businesses as well as consumers. Here are a few tips to simplify your customers' shopping experience this year (and convert more sales):

Published in The Marketing 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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