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Black Friday In-Store Traffic Down, But Online Sales Skyrocket
Posted on November 26th @ 4:51 pm ET in Industry News

Black Friday is over and the numbers are in. ShopperTrak reports that in-store Black Friday visits were down 1% compared to last year, and combined Thanksgiving and Black Friday numbers were down 2% over 2016 numbers. This was attributed to a few less stores opening on Thanksgiving, some closing during early Friday hours, and more shoppers doing their shopping online.

Black Friday saw a record $5 billion spent online according to Adobe Digital Insights, a 17% increase compared to 2016, and Cyber Monday was on track to eclipse that mark and hit around $6 billion. As you know, online shopping and deals are our specialty and you can be sure we'll be covering it even more next year and beyond as it becomes the way to shop on Black Friday.
Target Reveals Cyber Week Savings Including 15% off Sitewide
Posted on November 21st @ 8:11 am ET in Industry News

This morning Target announced their plans for Cyber Week, headlined by bringing back their popular 15% off sitewide discount on Cyber Monday. New this year, will offer digital daily deals beginning the day after Cyber Monday and running through Saturday, December 2nd.

Don't forget that for the first time Target will give early access to over 100 of their top Black Friday deals tomorrow exclusively to REDcard holders. If you don't have a REDcard, you can sign up for one here. This early access sale should start late tonight after midnight CST.
Amazon Gives Sneak Peek of Black Friday Deals Week
Posted on November 14th @ 9:15 am ET in Industry News

This morning Amazon put out a press release which has a sneak peek into their Black Friday Deals Week sale which starts this Friday. The release contains a list of upcoming deals for next week.

Amazon announced that they'll be focusing on the "Turkey 5" - the five days from Thanksgiving through Cyber Monday, however we expect just as many deals on the day before Thanksgiving. Amazon says they'll have more than 30 Gold Box daily deals on Black Friday.

Amazon will also give shoppers with Alexa devices an early shopping window for some of the best deals starting on Wednesday, November 22nd at 5pm PST. More details on that soon.
Microsoft & Sony Reveal Xbox & PlayStation Black Friday Deals
Posted on November 13th @ 11:15 am ET in Industry News

Both Microsoft and Sony have revealed details of the video game Black Friday deals. Microsoft announced their deals today on Starting on November 23rd, they will have Xbox One S consoles starting at just $189 which is its lowest price ever. Starting on Sunday, they'll have up to $50 off any 1TB or 500GB bundle. For the full list of deals, see this press release.

Late last week Sony announced that retailers will start their PlayStation Black Friday deals on Sunday, November 19th. The PlayStation VR Gran Turismo Sport Bundle will be $299.99. The standard 1TB console will be just $199.99 so you'll be able to get the full system + VR headset for under $500. For more details on Sony's Black Friday offers, see this press release.
Get Oprah's Favorite Things for 2017 Curated on Amazon
Posted on November 3rd @ 9:02 am ET in Industry News

For the third consecutive year, the always-popular Oprah's Favorite Things list of gift ideas has been curated in one place on and you can order most of the items on this year's list directly from Amazon including items such as 23andMe DNA kits, Samsung's Frame TV and more.

Check out the full list for gift ideas for the techie, the chef, the beauty crush, the foodie, the traveler and more. The list also has sections for gifts under $50 and a set of gift ideas for your pets.
Target Announces Holiday Plans: Free Shipping, Weekend Sales
Posted on October 23rd @ 8:35 am ET in Industry News

Target today announced their strategy for the upcoming holiday season. They have several great initiatives this year, including bringing back free shipping on all purchases starting on November 1st. Target will also have special Weekend Deals each weekend beginning November 11.

Target will have over 1,700 gift ideas under $15 with hundreds of $1 stocking stuffers. Target will also feature many of their own brands, the majority of which are new for this holiday season. Read Target's full press release here and let us know what you think on the forum.
Amazon Unveils Top 100 Holiday Toy List for 2017
Posted on October 16th @ 9:10 am ET in Industry News

Today posted their annual list of the top toys. This year's list features 100 toys which were hand selected by kids and Amazon's toy buyers. Nearly all of the toys on the list can be ordered right now on Amazon, and many can also be ordered using their Alexa voice service.

Some of this year's top toys include the LEGO Boost Creative Toolbox, the Wonder Workshop Dash Robot, the Paw Patrol Lookout Tower, the Barbie Dreamhouse and the LeapFrog Picnic Basket
Amazon's Electronics & Home Gift Guides Released
Posted on October 16th @ 8:18 am ET in Industry News

Today officially unveiled their gift guides for both electronics and home items.

The Amazon Electronics Gift Guide features hundreds of hand-picked gift ideas in categories such as smart home, home theater, cell phones and more as well as gifts grouped by price range.

Next, the Amazon Home Gift Guide also features a large number of products picked by Amazon's home buyers as some of the best items to gift (and get) this year in various home categories.
Amazon Unveils All-New Lineup of Echo Smart Devices
Posted on September 27th @ 3:27 pm ET in Industry News

Today announced a bunch of new smart products integrating with their Alexa voice control system including several new Echo smart speakers. Some of the major highlights:

The new 2nd generation Echo speaker is smaller and starts at just $99.99, coming in several designer styles. The new Echo Plus speaker includes a built-in smart hub and a bonus Philips Hue bulb for $149.99. The adorable little Echo Spot is a smart alarm clock with 2.5" color display and can be preordered for $129.99 today. Finally the Echo Connect connects to your home phone and allows your Echo speakers to call any phone number using your voice.
Toys R Us Files for Bankruptcy, Plans to Close Some Stores
Posted on September 19th @ 8:50 am ET in Industry News

Toys R Us filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection today and announced plans to remake its image should a judge approve their plans to cut debts and reemerge from bankruptcy.

Toys R Us announced that they plan to close underperforming stores (no list was given) and transform others into "interactive spaces" with rooms that can be used for parties, product demos and other events. The company also says they will raise wages over the next 3 years.

While this news shouldn't affect their Black Friday plans for this year, it could very well be the beginning of the end for the longtime toy retailer. We'll have more coverage of Toys R Us' holiday plans in the coming weeks and months as the bankruptcy process becomes more clear.
STORES Top 50 Favorite Online Retailers Rankings
Posted on September 16th @ 10:43 am ET in Industry News

STORES, the official magazine of the National Retail Federation, has released their 2017 list of the top 50 favorite online retailers based on a comprehensive survey of online shoppers.

The top 10 retailers this year were,,,,,,,, and While a few stores switched spots, there were no new entries into this year's top 10 list.

The top 3 sites (Amazon, Walmart and Kohl's) all grew in popularity over last year, which is very impressive. Those same 3 stores are consistently at the top of our stats as well. For a full breakdown of the survey including demographic rankings, see the article here.
Walmart Announces "Top Rated by Kids" Holiday Toy List
Posted on September 8th @ 9:08 am ET in Industry News

Walmart has unveiled their "Top Rated by Kids" 2017 holiday top toy list. This list contains toys rated highly by a panel of kids aged 18 months to 12 years old. The list contains 25 top toys.

Among the chosen toys are the Num Noms Nail Polish Maker, the L.O.L. Surprise Fizz Factory and the Huffy Electric Green Machine Trike. There are a number of Walmart exclusive toys include the Frozen Ride-on Sleigh, the Radio Control DashCam and more. Read the press release here and view some of the toys that can be ordered right now on
Target's 2017 Top Toys List Revealed
Posted on September 6th @ 2:21 pm ET in Industry News

Target today unveiled their 2017 Top Toys List with over 25 of the most wanted toys for the upcoming holiday season, including 11 toys which are exclusive to Target. Target says they will have over 1,400 new and exclusive toys this year for kids (and adults) to add to their wish lists.

Some of the toys on the list include the super popular Nintendo Switch video game console, the Star Wars Force Link BB-8 Mega Playset, the Shopkins Shoppies Super Mall as well as the return of Tickle Me Elmo and a new version of the Hatchimals which were popular last year.