Small Business Saturday 2016: A record number of consumers shopped small

A record number of consumers visited local businesses and eateries on Small Business Saturday, the day dedicated to boosting sales for mom and pop shops, according to a survey released Monday by the National Federation of Independent Business and American Express. 122513 christmas shopping 1

Roughly 112 million consumers spent money at small businesses on Small Business Saturday, up 13 percent from last year, the survey found.

“It’s exciting for us to see the record number of consumers who came out in support of independently-owned businesses on Small Business Saturday,” said Elizabeth Rutledge, EVP of Global Advertising and Media at American Express. “People across the country are aware of the benefits that small businesses can bring to the community, and the momentum that was started seven years ago with the first Small Business Saturday continues to build.”

American Express, in 2010, began encouraging shoppers to visit small businesses on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

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New 7- Eleven stores plan giveaways to celebrate grand openings

Five new 7-Eleven stores in Palm Beach County will be offering free samples and giveaways to celebrate their grand openings before the end of the year.

Palm Beach Post file photo
Palm Beach Post file photo

During the grand openings, each store will offer free samples of 7-Select products, promotional savings and coupons for free products. Vendors will vary at each event, but may include Coke, Pepsi, Monster, Red Bull, Coors, Budweiser and Frito Lay, the convenience store chain said.

“With 37 stores currently operating in Palm Beach County, 7-Eleven plans aggressive growth for South Florida in 2017,” 7-Eleven Real Estate Manager, Charles Bantos said. “In addition to the four new stores planned for 2016, we plan to open approximately five stores in the county and a total of 20 stores in Southeast Florida next year. We are excited to see this growth in our neighborhood as 7-Eleven’s convenient offerings become more accessible to surrounding residents.”

Here are the dates and locations of the 7-Eleven stores set to open:

 

  • Friday, Nov. 30

5965 S. Congress Avenue.

Atlantis, FL 33462

 

  • Wednesday, Dec. 14

15589 Southern Blvd.

Loxahatchee, FL 33470

  •  Friday, December 16

2050 Belvedere Road

West Palm Beach, Fl 33406

 

  • Tuesday, Dec. 20

NWC of 45th Street and Australian Blvd.

West Palm Beach, FL 33407

 

  • Wednesday, Dec. 21

SWC of 45th and Congress Ave.

West Palm Beach, FL 33407

 

 

 

Cyber Monday 2016: More than 122 million to shop online

More than 122 million people are expected to shop online on Cyber Monday, up from 121 million last year, according to the National Retail Federation.

New York Times best-selling author, Hugh Howey, works on his laptop computer at his home in Jupiter, Florida on August 15, 2013. (Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post)
New York Times best-selling author, Hugh Howey, works on his laptop computer at his home in Jupiter, Florida on August 15, 2013. (Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post)

More than 28 million people, or 23 percent of Cyber Monday shoppers, plan to shop for Cyber Monday deals from their mobile device this year, about even with last year’s 29.6 million. More than eight in 10— 98.6 million people, will use their computers at home to shop on Monday, while 11.2 million will shop from their computers at work, a study conducted on behalf of the federation found.

“On Cyber Monday, retailers deliver online discounts unlike any other day of the year—driving consumers to shop online no matter where they are or what device they’re shopping from,” NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said. “Millions of consumers shopped over Thanksgiving weekend and reserved a portion of their budgets exclusively for Cyber Monday, knowing that there will be digital deals that are too good to pass up.”

 

 

 

Black Friday 2016: The best video game bundle deals

The deal experts at the Black Friday website BfAds.net have put together a buying guide with this year’s best sales on video game bundles.

Black Friday is one of the best times to shop for games, as retailers look to lure shoppers to their stores with discounts and bundles that include games and other extras.

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 09:  PlayStation 4 Pro launches in stores nationwide at Sony Square on November 9, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for Sony Interactive Entertainment)
NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 09: PlayStation 4 Pro launches in stores nationwide at Sony Square on November 9, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for Sony Interactive Entertainment)

Here is BfAds.net’s list of the top deals this year:

Xbox One S

Microsoft gave the Xbox One its first makeover and the result is the 40% smaller Xbox One S.  Aside from its size, it’s the Xbox’s first push toward the 4K UHD revolution and includes HDR support along with 4K streaming and a 4K UHD bluray player built right in.

Budget Pick – Xbox One S 500GB Minecraft Favorites Bundle – $249.99 with $75 Kohl’s Cash – Kohl’s

Black Friday’s bottom line price on an Xbox One S is at Kohl’s this year, where the Xbox One S 500GB Minecraft bundle is the cheapest around thanks to their Black Friday Kohl’s Cash promotion.

Value Pick – – Xbox One S 1TB Battlefield 1 Special Edition Console with Free Controller – $299 – Best Buy

Gamers who like to play every hit game released will find that 500GB of storage will fill up quickly.  The best Black Friday deal on a 1TB Xbox One is the $299 Battlefield One SE bundle at Best Buy which includes a free second controller.

Xbox Exclusive Pick – Gears of War 4 – $29.99 – Target, Best Buy

Target and Best Buy share the lowest price on the latest entry into the Xbox exclusive blockbuster series Gears of War.  Take cover, shoot stuff, and saw someone in half every once in a while are the rules here, so parents should note the M for Mature rating.

PlayStation 4 Slim

Unfortunately the 4K ready PlayStation 4 Pro is a no-show on Black Friday, but there is a great holiday bundle from Sony which includes the PlayStation 4 Slim 500GB console and Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End.

Budget Pick – PlayStation 4 Slim 500GB Uncharted 4 Bundle – $249.99 with $75 Kohl’s Cash – Kohl’s

Kohl’s is sort of ubiquitous this year with their Kohl’s Cash deal, and with $15 in Kohl’s Cash free for every $50 spent, the net cost will almost always be lower at Kohl’s.  Protip: The $249.99 price is a penny away from another $15 in Kohl’s cash.  Find something that costs only a couple of bucks and get another $15 back.

Value Pick – PlayStation 4 Slim 500GB Uncharted 4 Bundle with Ratchet & Clank and The Last of Us Remastered – $249.99 –Best Buy

Have no use for Kohl’s cash but wouldn’t mind two free games?  Best Buy is tossing in free downloads of Ratchet & Clank and The Last of Us Remastered with purchase of the PS4 Slim holiday bundle.  Note that GameStop’s ad which appears to have the same deal is a trap; the fine print reads that shoppers may choose only one of these two titles.

PlayStation 4 Exclusive Picks – Bloodborne & Until Dawn – $15 each – Target

Whether fighting through a plague ridden city in Bloodborne, or fighting for survival while being hunted by a psychopath in Until Dawn, the cost of the fight is only $15 at Target this Black Friday.  Parents take note that these games are rated M for Mature.

New Nintendo 3DS

The king of confusing naming conventions, Nintendo, helps keep it simple this Black Friday by offering only a single sku (in two colors) on the New Nintendo 3DS.  This 3DS hardware refresh offers better control with a second analog nub, better performance, and a more enjoyable 3D experience thanks to eye tracking.  Shoppers should note that New Nintendo 3DS consoles do not include an AC adapter.

Top Pick – Nintendo 3DS Super Mario Edition (Black or White) – $99.99 – Various Retailers

With only one option for new stock, The New Nintendo 3DS Super Mario Edition is the way to go on Black Friday if you want a 3D handheld.  Not only is it one of the most stylish 3DS systems ever released, it’s also the cheapest at only $99.99.  Not much competition here, so feel free to choose from a variety of retailers that have this deal including Target, Best Buy, Toys R Us, and GameStop.

Nintendo 3DS Exclusive Pick – Kirby Planet Robobot – $25

Nothing says fun like swallowing enemies whole to take on their powers.  Kirby Planet Robobot takes it to the next level by also letting you pilot mechs in a fight to save Kirby’s home planet of Popstar.

Multiplatform Picks

Overwatch (XB1, PS4) – $34.99 with free Winston Figure- GameStop

Compete in online objective based combat as any of 23 stylish and unique characters in Overwatch, the first shooter from Diablo and Warcraft developer Blizzard.

Titanfall 2 (XB1, PS4) – $27 – Wal-Mart

Landing on both Xbox One and PlayStation 4 this time around, players return to the battle for the Frontier planets with the help of giant mechs in Titanfall 2.

Doom (XB1, PS4) – $15 – Wal-Mart

The granddaddy of first-person shooters is back in a reimagining of the game that started it all.  In Doom, players fight to escape hell after scientists on Mars accidentally open a gateway to hades. Oops!

 

 

Cyber Monday 2016: Target to offer 15 percent Apple products and “nearly everything” else it sells

Thanksgiving is still a day away, but Target on Wednesday unveiled its Cyber Monday game plan which includes 15 percent nearly everything its sells — including Apple products — both online and in its stores.

(Getty Images)
(Getty Images)

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The two day event kicks off on early Sunday morning and continues through Monday.  No online promo code or in-store coupon will be required.

New this year, Target is expanding the 15 percent off discount to include all gaming consoles, iRobot vacuums, KitchenAid appliances and all Apple products – including iPhone and Apple Watch.

RELATED: Target brings back free holiday shipping

According to the deal hunting website BfAds.net, Target’s top Cyber Monday deals include:

“Target is building on last year’s record-breaking Cyber Monday event with a truly spectacular two-day offer,” said Mike McNamara, chief information and digital officer of Target. “We’re giving guests a compelling opportunity to save 15 percent across Target’s broad assortment, plus the flexibility to shop the offer for two days in a way that’s most convenient to them – whether they want to shop online or in a store.”

 

Cyber Monday 2016: Kohl’s releases list of cyber deals

With many Thanksgiving/Black Friday sales already underway, Kohl’s has unveiled its plans for the next big shopping rush – Cyber Monday.

Boynton Beach-- Shoppers rush into Kohl's Department Store in Boynton Beach as the store opens their doors at midnight Black Friday morning. (Alyssa Orr/The Palm Beach Post)
Boynton Beach– Shoppers rush into Kohl’s Department Store in Boynton Beach as the store opens their doors at midnight Black Friday morning. (Alyssa Orr/The Palm Beach Post)

The big box retailer plans to lower its shipping threshold to $25 and offer 20 percent off eligible purchases in stores and online.

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“Beginning Sunday, November 27 through Wednesday, November 30, Kohl’s is offering customers an additional 20 percent off eligible purchases both in-store and online, with promo code DEALSEEKER,” the company said. “Kohls.com customers will also receive free standard shipping with any purchase of $25 or more from Sunday, November 27 through Wednesday, November 30.”‘

Kohl’s also released this list of Cyber deals:

Cyber Deals (Sunday, November 27 – Saturday, December 3)

  • 25% off select Nike athletic apparel and shoes for men and women*
  • 60% off select Carter’s pajamas for kids
  • 50% off select Citizen, Bulova, Invicta and Seiko watches
  • 50-60% off select sleepwear for the family
  • 50% off select sweaters for the family
  • 40-60% off select outerwear for the family
  • 40% off all Magformers
  • 20% off all Melissa & Doug toys
  • $99.99 all sizes of select Madison Park 7-pc. bedding sets
  • $99.99 Meccano Meccanoid G15 personal robot building set*
  • $34.99 all NFL jerseys for boys

Limited-Time Deals (Thursday, November 24 – Monday, November 28)

  • $399.99 LG 49-in. 4K Ultra HD smart TV*
  • $129.99 Fitbit Charge 2*

Black Friday 2016: Bealls plans giveaways, contests

Bealls Department Stores will open its doors at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, and the Florida-based retailer has planned three giveaways to celebrate the shopping rush. bealls front

From 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thanksgiving, each Bealls store throughout Florida will give away a Reel Legends-branded Pelican Kayak.

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From 5 a.m. to 8 a.m. on Black Friday, one lucky customer will win a $1,000 Bealls Department Stores Shopping Spree. A runner-up in every Bealls Department Store will receive a $100 Bealls gift card.

From Thanksgiving to Christmas Eve, customers can register to win a Reel Legends custom-wrapped Hell’s Bay 18 foot Glades Skiff boat, complete with an Evinrude 30HP motor and custom trailer valued at $39,500.

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Over the Thanksgiving/Black Friday shopping rush, Bealls will offer a number of “Beall Ringer” specials.

Beginning at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving and ending  at 1 p.m .on Black Friday, Bealls will offer more than 100 Beall Ringer specials such as 55 percent off of team apparel for the entire family, ladies’ boots for $19.99, $16.99 Gloria Vanderbilt and YMI brand jeans, 50 percent off toys and BOGO 50 percent off for Tervis products.

“When we plan our Black Friday specials, we like to think outside of the box. This year, not only are we offering our amazing deals and Beall Ringers that we know our customers will love, we are giving away a boat, 71 kayaks and a $1000 shopping spree,” said Matt Beall, Senior Vice President and Chief Merchandising Officer for Bealls Department Stores, Inc. “In addition to the contests, customers will find thousands of amazing deals that will last the entire weekend throughout the store – including great brands exclusive to Bealls like Reel Legends, Leoma Lovegrove and Coral Bay. Our coastal, unique fashions and understanding of the Florida Lifestyle for the entire family are what make us special this Black Friday. Whether you’re shopping for yourself, looking for gifts for friends and family, or just trying to win a new boat or kayak, you’ll be able to find everything you need at Bealls while supporting your local community.”

 

Cyber Monday 2016: Comcast’s Xfinity to offer free WiFi at hot spots

Comcast’s Xfinity internet service will be offering free WiFi access at its public hotspots on Cyber Monday — even for those shoppers who aren’t customers.

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  (Photo by David Ryder/Getty Images)
(Photo by David Ryder/Getty Images)

“Many bargain-hunters will be away from their homes, as they travel to and from work, running errands around town or visiting family and friends,” the company said. “So, we’re going to open up access to Xfinity WiFi public hotspots to everyone free of charge – non-Xfinity Internet customers included – from 6:00 AM EST on Monday, November 28 to 6:00 AM EST on Tuesday, November 29.”

There are nearly 2 million of these Xfinity WiFi hotspots in Florida, the company said.

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To log in to Xfinity WiFi, simply click on the “xfinitywifi” network ID from the list of available networks on your device.

 

 

Florida sees record tourism pace

A record-breaking 85 million people visited Florida during the first nine months of the year, a 5.5 percent increase over last year and the highest tourism count ever recorded from January to September, Gov. Rick Scott’s office said Monday.

Travellers dining and shopping at PBIA
Travellers dining and shopping at PBIA

The governor’s office said 26.9 million visitors came to the state during the third quarter of the year, an increase of 5.1 percent.

The average number of direct travel-related jobs was also a record high, Scott’s office said. Between July and September, there were 1.2 million Floridians employed in the tourism industry, an increase of 4.1 percent.

Palm Beach County’s tourism industry is also having a record-breaking year.

A record 1.59 million people visited Palm Beach County during the third quarter of 2016, an increase of 8.2 percent over the same time period last year, county tourism leaders said Thursday.

Jorge Pesquera, president and CEO for Discover The Palm Beaches, the county’s official tourism marketing organization, said the county is on pace to welcome 7.2 million in 2016, exceeding last year’s record of 6.9 million.

 

Black Friday 2016: This year’s top 25 deals

Planning to hit the stores for the Thanksgiving/Black Friday shopping weekend? The bargain hunters at BestBlackFriday.com have put together a list of this year’s Top 25 deals.

Last minute Christmas shoppers walk through the Mall at Wellington Green Saturday afternoon, Dec 21, 2013 in Wellington. (Bill Ingram/Palm Beach Post)
Last minute Christmas shoppers walk through the Mall at Wellington Green Saturday afternoon, Dec 21, 2013 in Wellington. (Bill Ingram/Palm Beach Post)

Many of the bargains will be available on Thanksgiving, but shoppers may have to wait until Black Friday to purchase some of the items, according to the website.

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Here’s the list:

  1. Toshiba 49″ 4K LED HDTV w/ Built-in Chromecast for $199.99 (save $250) (Best Buy)
  1. Xbox One S 500 GB Battlefield 1 Bundle + Gears of War 4 + Extra Controller for $249.99 (save $170) (Dell)
  1. Samsung Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge + $250 Gift Card + Samsung Gear VR Headset + $50 Oculus Content Pack with activation of the phone (Target)
  1. Any iPhone 7 Device Includes a $250 Gift Card with installment billing agreement (Best Buy)
  1. Microsoft 12.3″ Surface Pro 4 with Signature Type Cover for $599.99 (save $400) (Best Buy)
  1. Apple Watch Series 1 for $198 (save $71.99) (Target)
  1. DJI Drone Phantom Standard 3 for $369 (save $130) (Walmart)
  1. Philips 55″ Class Smart 4K UHDTV for $298 (Walmart)
  1. Xbox One S 1 TB Battlefield 1 Special Edition Bundle + Xbox Wireless Controller for $299.99 (save $114.99) (Best Buy)
  1. PlayStation 4 Slim 500GB Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End Bundle + The Last of Us: Remastered and Ratchet & Clank Games for $249.99 (save $50+) (Best Buy)
  1. Sony PlayStation 4 Slim (PS4) Uncharted 4 Bundle + $75 Kohl’s Cash for $249.99 (save $50) (Kohl’s)
  1. iPad Pro 9.7 starting at $449 (save $150.99) (Target)
  1. All iPad Air 2 Models for $125 Off (Best Buy)
  1. Amazon Echo for $139.99 (save $40) (Amazon)
  1. Hatchimals for $48.88 (save $11.11) (Walmart)
  1. Dell Inspiron 11 3000 Laptop for $99.99 (save $100) (Dell)
  1. Fitbit Charge 2 Heart Rate + Fitness Wristband + $30 Kohl’s Cash for $129.99 (save $20) (Kohl’s)
  1. Haier 49-in. 4K Ultra HD TV + $75 Kohl’s Cash for $249.99 (save $100) (Kohl’s)
  1. VIZIO 60″ Class 1080p HDTV for $398 (Walmart)
  1. Kitchenaid 5-qt Stand Mixer with Bowl Lift + $50 in Points for $199.99 save ($100) (Sears)
  1. Apple Watch Series 2 38mm + $105 in Kohl’s Cash for $369 (no direct discount) (Kohl’s)
  1. Canon EOS Rebel T6 DSLR Camera Bundle + $135 Kohl’s Cash for $449.99 (save $300) (Kohl’s)
  1. KitchenAid Pro-600 6-qt. Stand Mixer + $75 in Kohl’s Cash for $279.99 (save $70) (Kohl’s)
  1. Samsung Galaxy S7 32GB Unlocked Cell Phone + Samsung Fast Charge Wireless Charge Pad for $549.99 (save $120) (Best Buy)
  1. Kenmore 3.3-cu. ft. Washer and 6.5-cu. ft. Dryer + $50 in Points for $274.99 Each When Buying Both (Sears)

To view BestBlackFriday.com’s complete list click here.