Halloween spending to reach record level, national retail group says

Halloween spending is expected to hit a record-breaking $8.4 billion this year, up 21.7 percent from 2015, according to the National Retail Federation.

103004-Stuart-Emily Bodenheimer, 2, checks out her candy load while she and her sisters "Trick or Treat" the merchants of downtown Stuart after the 6th annual Hobgoblin Parade on Osceola Street Saturday. Children, lead by the Stuart Fire Department, paraded through downtown Stuart in their Halloween costumes. Meghan McCarthy/Staff Photographer
103004-Stuart-Emily Bodenheimer, 2, checks out her candy load while she and her sisters “Trick or Treat” the merchants of downtown Stuart after the 6th annual Hobgoblin Parade on Osceola Street Saturday. Children, lead by the Stuart Fire Department, paraded through downtown Stuart in their Halloween costumes. Meghan McCarthy/Staff Photographer

More than 171 million Americans planning to celebrate the holiday this year, spending an average of $82.93, up from last year’s $74.34, according to a survey conducted on behalf of the federation.

The 2016 spending forecast marks the highest projection in the survey’s history.

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“After a long summer, families are excited to welcome the fall season celebrating Halloween,” said Matthew Shay, the federation’s president and CEO. “Retailers are preparing for the day by offering a wide variety of options in costumes, decorations and candy, while being aggressive with their promotions to capture the most out of this shopping event.”

Shoppers are expected spend $3.1 billion on costumes; $2.5 billion on candy; $2.4 billion on decorations; and $390 million on greeting cards, the survey found.

 

Need a job for the holidays? Check out this seasonal hiring event

The Boynton Beach Mall will host a seasonal holiday job fair on Oct. 6 for those interested in applying for full and part-time positions at some of its 135 stores and restaurants.

Matt Perlongo waits for customers outside Lids in the Boynton Beach Mall shortly before  6:30 Friday morning, after working since 8pm. A mall spokeswoman said the mall had been busy up until about 2am, when it died down. (Lannis Waters/The Palm Beach Post)
Matt Perlongo waits for customers outside Lids in the Boynton Beach Mall shortly before 6:30 Friday morning, after working since 8pm. A mall spokeswoman said the mall had been busy up until about 2am, when it died down. (Lannis Waters/The Palm Beach Post)

The job fair runs from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and will be held at the mall, 801 N. Congress Ave., Boynton Beach.

Available positions include openings at Victoria’s Secret, H&M, and Madame Butterfly. There will also be local businesses set up in the mall’s center court to speak with applicants.

Retailers and local businesses will be reviewing resumes and conducting on-the-spot interviews,  the mall said.

 

Black Friday 2016: Expect a record number of doorbusters, experts say

Black Friday shoppers can expect to find a record breaking number of doorbuster deals this year, including a number of promotions with a price tag of $20 or less, according to the deal hunting experts at the Black Friday website BFAds.net.

The website this week released its predictions for the annual Black Friday shopping holiday, saying that consumers can expect to find more doorbuster deals online and on their mobile devices this year.

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Retailers will be offering roughly 15,000 items selling for $20 or less, the website predicts.

There will also be plenty of deals on HDTVs, 4K TVs and video games, BFAds said.

Here is website’s complete list of Black Friday 2016 predictions:

1. Thanksgiving weekend shoppers will have access to more than 52,000 advertised Black Friday Deals (49,000 in 2015), including 15,000 deals under $20
2. Expect a record 7,000 Black Friday Doorbusters with more available online and via mobile device than ever before.
3. Look for +50 4K TV deals under $500 (29 in 2015), and 50-60” 1080p HDTV doorbusters priced under $200.
4. Expect 1,500 Video Game deals with more than 500 under $20, $200 Xbox One bundles, $300 PS4 bundles and new Xbox One S bundles at $300 and PS4 Pro bundles at $400.
5. Amazon will offer its Kindle Fire for $35, Fire Sticks for $20 and Kindle Fire Kid’s Tablets for less than $60.
6. Anticipate +350 Laptop Deals with more than 60 laptop deals under $200.
7. Look for Smart Home devices like the NEST, Amazon Echo and wireless WiFi home security systems at their lowest prices of the year.
8. Black Friday toy deals get more exclusive to specific stores in 2016, including Walmart’s Disney Princess Carriage & Toys-R-Us ShopkinsTall Mall.
9. New Apple iPhone 7 will be offered with significant signup bonuses such as store gift cards, free accessories or no money down.
10. Expect the 1st Generation Apple Watch Sport under $200 and Fitbit Alta fitness trackers under $100.

 

Kohl’s hiring thousands of seasonal workers

Kohl’s on Monday said it plans to hire more than 69,000 employees nationwide in advance of the holiday shopping season.

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Positions are available at more than 1,100 stores in 49 states, Kohl’s distribution and e-commerce fulfillment centers across the country and at Kohl’s credit operations, the company said.

Hiring began in August and most jobs will be filled by mid-November, the company said.

“Hiring levels at specific locations vary depending on the business needs of each facility,” Kohl’s said in a news release announcing the positions.

In Palm Beach County, Kohl’s has locations in Lake Park, Royal Palm Beach and Boynton Beach.

Those interested in the positions should visit KohlsCareers.com, the company said.

Toys “R” Us reveals top toys for the holiday season

School just started, but retailers have already turned their attention to the holiday shopping season.

Ashley Frost, of Lake Worth, wearing a shirt saying,"I've trampled people for less," looking for 'Door Buster' Christmas deals at Toys "R" Us on Thanksgiving Day in Royal Palm Beach, Fla., Thursday, November 22, 2012. (Gary Coronado/The Palm Beach Post)
Ashley Frost, of Lake Worth, wearing a shirt saying,”I’ve trampled people for less,” looking for ‘Door Buster’ Christmas deals at Toys “R” Us on Thanksgiving Day in Royal Palm Beach, Fla., Thursday, November 22, 2012. (Gary Coronado/The Palm Beach Post)

Toys “R” Us on Wednesday revealed its “top toy list” for 2016, giving parents plenty of time to find the most sought after items this holiday season. The company said it has been working for nearly a year to compile the list, which consists of 40 items. Toys “R” Us also released its “Fabulous 15” list, featuring the toys it expected to be among the most popular this season.

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“It’s serious business creating a list of must-haves that helps parents and gift-givers stay ahead of their kids’ requests,” said Richard Barry, Executive Vice President, Global Chief Merchandising Officer, Toys“R”Us, Inc. “Our mission is to ensure parents feel confident in their toy buying decisions – whether they choose to check off their kids’ wish lists now or right before Christmas.”

Here is a look at Toys “R” Us’ top 15 picks. To view the full list, click here.

  • DREAMSWORKS ANIMATION TROLLS HUG TIME POPPY Doll from HASBRO
  • Hatchimals from Spin Master
  • Light ‘n Go 3-in-1 Activity Walker from Little Tikes
  • Little Live Pets Snuggles My Dream Puppy from Moose Toys
  • NERF N-STRIKE ELITE TERRASCOUT RC DRONE Blaster from HASBRO
  • Num Noms Lipgloss Truck from MGA Entertainment
  • PAW Patrol Zoomer Marshall from Spin Master
  • PJ Masks Headquarter Playset from Just Play
  • POKÉMON Z-RING from TOMY
  • Power Wheels Wild Thing from Fisher-Price
  • SelfieMic from Moose Toys
  • Shopkins Tall Mall from Moose Toys
  • Sky Viper v2400FPV Streaming Drone with FPV Headset from Skyrocket Toys
  • STAR WARS InteracTech Stormtrooper Figure from HASBRO
  • Think & Learn Code-a-pillar from Fisher-Price

What to buy, skip in September

With students back in school and summer’s end near, the bargain experts at DealNews.com say September is the best month to stock up on warm-weather staples as stores look to clear out merchandise to make room for holiday items.122113 met shopping 02

DealNews has put together a list of the best items to buy — and skip — in September.

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At the top: patio furniture, summer apparel and grills. The bargain hunting website says shoppers can expect to find rock bottom prices on these items.

You can also expect to find deals 32 inch and big screen TVs. Prices will be at their lowest point of the year, particularly during Labor Day weekend sales, the website said.

DealNews recommends waiting to purchase newly announced iPhones, iPads and appliances.

Although Labor Day sales will offer discounts on dishwashers, refrigerators and other large appliances, the deals will likely be better around Black Friday, the website said.

 

 

Labor Day 2016: What to expect from holiday sales

Planning to hit the stores over the Labor Day weekend?

The deal experts at FatWallet.com have put together a list of seven money-saving tips to make sure you get the best bargains.

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Labor Day marks the official end of summer, so bargain hunters should be able to find big savings on end of season sports apparel, summer clothing, swing sets and pools, according to the website.

Shoppers can also expect to find deals on back-to-school items, as retailers look to clear out merchandise to make room for their holiday stock.

September is also a good month to buy appliances and mattress sets, with discounts ranging from 25 to 50 percent, FatWallet said.

Here is FatWallet’s complete list of recommendations:

1)       Labor Day sales will extend beyond the holiday weekend: For holiday travelers or those choosing to spend the extended weekend with family and friends, don’t worry, as most Labor Day sales events extend into the following week. Online deal sites like FatWallet.com will aggregate all the extended sales and coupons and vet out the best savings available for those that waited for bigger discounts post-holiday.

2)       Expect bundles and gift card bonuses: Some Labor Day sales feature items bundled with store gift cards. Like similar holiday deals, these can be significant and timely savings, especially if the gift card is from a store you plan to shop at later this year. Since video game consoles and HDTV prices have bottomed out on last year’s models, retailers are offering additional bonuses of gift cards to enhance the deal this holiday.

3)    Look for end of season clearance on sports Apparel with savings of 20 to 30 percent. There will also be aggressive pre-season sale pricing on hunting apparel and gear from top stores like Cabela’s, Walmart, Gander Mountain and Bass Pro Shops.

4)     Summer clothing clearance will be combined with Labor Day deals, creating the perfect opportunity to buy t-shirts, shorts, sandals, swimwear and sunglasses at the lowest seasonal prices of the season. Discounts will range from 50-75 percent off at both big box and branded stores like AERO, Levi’s, Nike and PacSun.

5)       Back-to-School tech savings can average 25 percent or more during Labor Day clearance events, including great deals on backpacks and a large selection of laptop deals.

6)      Expect savings on appliances and mattress sets. With stores looking to make room for newer inventory, Labor Day sales are an excellent time to buy major appliances and mattress sets. Discounts generally range from 25 to 50 percent off and include a larger selection of brands and styles than we’ll see during the Black Friday deals.

7)       Lastly, folks will find the year’s best savings on swing sets and pools during Labor Day with average discounts from 20-30 percent of.  Some above-ground budget pools (up to $150) will be available at 30-50 percent off (NOTE: these will sell out of stock quickly, as will metal and plastic swing sets which can reach 50 percent off). Wooden swing sets under $700 will be 20-30 percent off and larger, higher quality wooden playground sets reach 10-20 percent off, some with free delivery or free in-store pickup.

 

With students back in school, holiday shopping season starts

With students back in school, Florida retailers will soon be replacing displays of pencils, uniforms and backpacks with holiday decorations and gift items.

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Black Friday is more than two months away, but retailers are already turning their attention to the holiday shopping season.

Roughly 40 percent of shoppers begin their holiday shopping before Halloween each year, according a report released last year by National Retail Federation.

About 16 percent of women and 9 percent of men start looking for holiday gifts before Sept. 1, the report found.

Although autumn doesn’t officially begin until next month, retailers are already stocking up on holiday gifts and merchandise.

August is expected to be the busiest month of the year for import cargo volume at the nation’s major retail container ports, the federation said.

“August is the peak month of the annual shipping season that builds up to the winter holidays, and a lot of the merchandise consumers will be buying this fall is already showing up at the docks,” said Jonathan Gold, the national federation’s Vice President for Supply Chain and Customs Policy.

James Miller, a spokesman for the Florida Retail Federation said shoppers can expect to start seeing holiday decorations in stores across the state over the next month or two.

“Retailers are going to listen to their consumers, and consumers what they have said to retailers over the years is, we want to do our shopping earlier, but we want to still have that feeling that it is the holiday season,” Miller said. “People may complain and say, ‘Christmas starts earlier and earlier.’ That is just what shoppers want.”

 

 

 

 

Amazon: Cyber Monday sales up by more than 40 percent

More than 23 million items were ordered worldwide from sellers on Amazon on Cyber Monday, an increase of more than 40 percent from the online marketplace’s 2014 Cyber Monday sales, Amazon announced on Tuesday.

Eligible tax-free items purchased online during the holiday will remain tax exempt even if delivered at a later date.
Eligible tax-free items purchased online during the holiday will remain tax exempt even if delivered at a later date.

The company said its “Fulfillment by Amazon” service delivered more than 1 billion items worldwide in 2015.

During the holiday season, individuals and businesses selling on Amazon sold to more than 80 percent of Amazon customers worldwide who ordered a physical item, the company added.

“It’s never been easier for sellers, local merchants and artisans to grow their businesses on Amazon. With targeted advertising tools like Sponsored Products, access to Amazon’s fulfillment and customer service expertise through FBA, and new marketplaces like Handmade at Amazon and Amazon Home Services, businesses of all sizes can easily reach millions of customers around the world,” said Peter Faricy, VP for Amazon Marketplace. “2015 was a big year for sellers on Amazon. In fact, sellers added more new selection and shipped more items than in any previous year. We’re excited to build on that momentum as we continue to innovate on behalf of sellers and customers.”