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November 21, 2012
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E-commerce Holiday Update 
  • Walgreens makes merry with mobile coupons, gamification
    Walgreens, which last year upgraded its in-store scanners to interact with mobile devices, has improved its mobile application to be able to update promotions in real time, and teamed with Starbucks to launch a digital scratch-off game for the holidays. Players can win virtual coupons for Starbucks coffee products throughout Black Friday weekend, Adweek (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Seasonal Trends 
  • How mobile will drive gift-card giving this season
      
    Reuters
    U.S. consumers plan to spend more than ever on gift cards, driven in large part by ever-more convenient mobile and virtual card options from major retailers including Target, Gap and Starbucks. Some 81.1% of consumers will buy at least one gift card this year, with spending expected to reach about $28.79 billion, according to NRF and BIGinsight. Forbes (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

The latest Spend Trends from Chase Holiday Pulse
With many industry forecasts indicating high growth for the 2012 holiday shopping season, the Chase Holiday Pulse will keep you up to speed throughout the season. Pulse tracks holiday sales performance at 50 leading U.S. online retailers and includes retail data at brick-and-mortar merchants based on Chase cardholder spending.
Shop.org Resources 
  • The economics behind the 'new norm' of holiday shopping
    Today’s lackluster economy has caused Americans to rethink their shopping strategies, and retailers have creatively responded to this shift. A new post on Retail’s BIG Blog explains the digital shopping habits consumers have adopted to better prepare their families for future economic uncertainties, and why mobile is playing a bigger part in the holiday shopping equation. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Looking for holiday trend information? Look no further.
    NRF's 2012 Holiday Headquarters is officially open, offering retailers a fresh twist on holiday resources, including a fully interactive Holiday Survival Kit and Shop.org’s first-ever e-commerce holiday sales forecast. If you're a retailer, reporter or industry pro, you can access all of NRF's holiday press releases, survey results, top tips, guidelines, blog posts, frequently-asked holiday questions and historical holiday information, all in one spot. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  

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