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November 20, 2012
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  • Retailers get aggressive for their slice of the holiday pie
      
    Reuters
    Retailers are more competitive this holiday season in competing for consumers' holiday shopping dollars. Target began holiday advertising in October, and Black Friday advertising began weeks earlier than last year. Retailers that don't traditionally bump up against each other, such as home improvement stores and drugstores, also are seeking to "insert themselves into the conversation," says National Retail Federation's Kathy Grannis. U.S. News & World Report (11/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  • Top tactics for promoting Black Friday weekend deals
    The tradition of Black Friday has evolved into Black Friday weekend, and retailers understand that Thanksgiving Day itself has become a significant shopping day. Shop.org’s 2012 eHoliday survey discovered that 46% of retailers polled planned specific Thanksgiving Day promotions, which is just a small serving of what brands have planned to get the word out about their in-store and online weekend deals. Read more. Shop.org Blog (11/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • NRF: Fix the fiscal cliff by Black Friday
    Congress has targeted a Dec. 31 deadline to implement a solution to the upcoming fiscal cliff. But in a letter sent to President Obama and lawmakers, NRF CEO Matthew Shay explained that the New Year's Eve deadline doesn’t ease shoppers’ concerns entering the winter holidays -- a critical juncture for retailers and the economy. “Demonstrating the ability to work in a bipartisan manner will ease consumers’ worries and avoid severe economic consequences during the single most crucial spending season of the entire year,” Shay said. Read more. Retail's BIG Blog (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  

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