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Kathy Grannis

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Read more about Kathy at the NRF.com website.

For meteorologists, scientists, weathermen like Jim Cantore and millions of others, this winter has been absolutely dreadful. And, although spring is on the horizon, much of the country is still covered in snow. In fact, the nation’s 21st winter storm – Ulysses – just wrapped up this past weekend in North Carolina and southwest Virginia. […]

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Some might not feel so lucky that St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Monday this year, but 55 percent of Americans won’t let a case of the Mondays stand in their way. According to NRF’s St. Patrick’s Day consumer survey conducted by Prosper Insights and Analytics, 133 million people will celebrate the Irish holiday this […]

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The winter holidays have come and gone, but consumers are still buzzing about retailer’s television ads from the season. In fact, one retailer’s unusually early holiday-themed commercial in September  secured their place as one of the more memorable ads in recent history. According to thousands of consumers polled recently, they have been driving the conversation ever since. When asked which retailer […]

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We can’t all be Martha Stewart when it comes to giving the perfect, personal holiday gifts to our loved ones. For example, I thought my nephew would love the jacket I bought him this year, but I think he’s already making plans to return it. It’s not the first gift to be returned, and it […]

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Similar to the dedication and planning by families to make that ideal Thanksgiving meal, retailers spend months preparing for what is essentially a five-day shopping event – the four days of Thanksgiving weekend plus Cyber Monday. And this year, retailers made sure to beef up the trimmings. As the Super Bowl for the retail industry, all bets were off […]

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Dozens of retailers responded to consumer demand by opening stores earlier than ever on Thanksgiving night, including Macy’s, Toys “R” Us, Walmart and Best Buy, to name a few. When asked about the fact that they opened on Thanksgiving for the first time ever, Macy’s President and CEO Terry Lundgren – who admitted to having only […]

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The winter holiday shopping season kicks off for millions of Americans on Thanksgiving weekend, and retailers are ready. Brands are lining up promotions in store, online, and for some, their mobile apps, meaning there will be deals aplenty for consumers this year. So how are Americans planning to shop on Thanksgiving, Black Friday and beyond? […]

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When it comes to holiday shopping “events,” nothing is more synonymous with the retail holiday season than Black Friday, the day retailers have historically “gone into the black” because of increased shopping levels. But there’s a new player in town, and it’s giving Black Friday a run for its money: Thanksgiving Day. That’s not to […]

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Halloween has turned into a bonafide consumer spending event in recent years. While it’s difficult to pinpoint exactly when business started “BOOming” for retailers, we do know adults and children alike look forward to Halloween more and more each year. Let’s look at some stats. NRF expects consumers to spend $6.9 billion on Halloween this year, […]

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As seasons change, so does consumer behavior. At the first sign of fall, many consumers search the web for the nearest corn maze, revamp their fall wardrobe, or head to the corner coffee shop for the pumpkin spiced latte they’ve been craving for months. And for some, the crisp air and colorful trees means their […]

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