Category Archives: Holidays

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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Whether it’s important policy updates, event news or emerging industry trends – if it’s happening in retail, NRF has covered it on Retail’s BIG Blog. Before we jump in to 2014, let’s look back at the hottest blog posts of the year. What Fortune’s “Best Retailers to Work For” have in common – Published in […]

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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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From product development to creative marketing to delivery, millions of retail workers across the supply chain helped create, market, sell and deliver those perfect holiday gifts for shoppers around the world this holiday season. As customers are wrapping up their last-minute gift purchases today, those of us at NRF wanted to take the opportunity to […]

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Retail employs more than 90,000 artists and designers. With this in mind, NRF sought up-and-coming designers who are passionate about pursuing their talents in the retail industry by launching our first-ever Holiday Card Design Contest, open to all students at the NRF Foundation’s University Partner Schools. The contest tasked NRF Student Association members with designing […]

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It might not have been neatly wrapped, but the Congressional budget deal passed by the House Thursday night was a gift many had on their holiday wish lists. The news came hours before NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay joined NRF Board Chairman Steve Sadove on CNBC’s Squawk Box program this morning. While there’s work […]

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Have you ever heard the phrase, “Once you get back to the future, you never go back”? Me, either. Why wouldn’t you go back in time if you could? So let’s hop back into our Retail Time Machine – also known as the Retail Insight Center – and see what we can find in the […]

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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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