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Amazon Unveils New Smart Home Devices
Posted on September 28th @ 12:14 pm ET in Industry News

Today Amazon took the wraps of a number of new devices in their smart home device lineups during a livestream presentation for invited guests. Many of these devices should be discounted during Amazon's Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales in just a couple short months.

Among these are the new Echo Show 15 wall-mounted smart display, the new Amazon Glow kid-focused video calling device and the new Amazon Smart Thermostat. These new gadgets join recently announced Amazon-built TVs, a new Fire TV stick and a much improved Kindle Paperwhite e-reader. Check out Amazon's site for all the details and to preorder several of these devices.
Amazon Unveils "Toys We Love" Holiday Toy List
Posted on September 16th @ 3:26 pm ET in Industry News

Amazon has unveiled their "Toys We Love" list for the 2021 holiday season. This list was curated by Amazon's toys & games product leads and features over 100 toys, most of which can already be ordered right now on

The list featured toys from top brands including Little Tikes, Squishmallows, Crayola, Magna-Tiles, LEGO, Barbie, Disney, Melissa & Doug, KidKraft and many others.
Amazon's Extended Holiday Return Policy Announced
Posted on September 16th @ 3:26 pm ET in Industry News

Amazon announced that they will once again extend their holiday returns policy to cover most items purchased between October 1st and December 31st. These items (from both Amazon and many of their third party sellers) can be returned through January 31, 2022.

This is the second consecutive year that Amazon has started their holiday return period on October 1st - in previous years they waited until November 1st but with supply shortages predicted and more shoppers planning to get their shopping done earlier this year, it makes a lot of sense.
Countdown: 100 Days Remaining Until Black Friday
Posted on August 18th @ 9:00 am ET in Industry News

Today marks the 100 day milestone in the countdown to Black Friday 2021, whatever that day will mean this year. There's still a lot of uncertainty when it comes to retailers' holiday plans. Aside from a few major stores announcing Thanksgiving closings, we have very little insight into their plans.

If you'd like to start discussing what Black Friday and holiday shopping might look like this year, our Black Friday message board is already open. We're discussing the Thanksgiving Day closings, all the stores that have filed for bankruptcy and how it all will affect Black Friday this year.
Kohl's Will Close Their Stores on Thanksgiving Day
Posted on June 17th @ 12:25 pm ET in Industry News

This morning Kohl's joined the other major retailers in announcing that for the second consecutive year they will be closing their stores on Thanksgiving Day. Kohl's joins Walmart, Target, Best Buy and others with similar announcements over the past few months.

Kohl's typically starts their Black Friday sale earlier in the week both in stores and online, so this announcement will only affect the special doorbuster deals which will be available in stores on Black Friday and online the night before.
Best Buy Stores Will Be Closed on Thanksgiving Day
Posted on June 9th @ 2:23 pm ET in Industry News

Best Buy today joined Walmart, Target and other retailers by announcing that their stores will be closed on Thanksgiving Day once again this year. Best Buy says they'll have more details on their Black Friday sale and store hours in the coming months.

It is looking like this year's Black Friday will be a throwback to earlier years where the sales started in the early morning on Black Friday itself, however we still expect the deals to be available online much earlier than Friday morning. Stay tuned for more updates!
Walmart Announces All U.S. Stores Will Close on Thanksgiving
Posted on June 4th @ 4:21 pm ET in Industry News

Walmart today announced that all of their U.S. store locations will be closed on Thanksgiving Day this year. They join other retailers including Target and Dick's Sporting Goods who made similar announcements several months ago. We expect more of these announcements to come.

Walmart says they'll have normal hours on the day before Thanksgiving but says details of their Black Friday sale including store hours will be announced at a later date. As always we'll be covering everything related to Black Friday later this year, so be sure to follow us so you don't miss a thing.
Black Friday Countdown: 6 Months Until Black Friday 2021
Posted on May 26th @ 1:17 pm ET in Industry News

We are officially half-way to Black Friday 2021. Today marks the 6 month point in the countdown towards the big day. We expect Black Friday to look closer to normal this year, although some of the changes made last year such as stores being closed on Thanksgiving Day will likely continue.

Rest assured, regardless of what happens we'll be here to cover all the deals whether they are in store or online. We'll also have coverage of Prime Day which will be taking place in less than a month. If you want to chat about Black Friday and how it might look this year, you can join us on the forum.
Dick's Sporting Goods Announces Thanksgiving Day Closure
Posted on February 5th @ 9:07 am ET in Industry News

Earlier this week Dick's Sporting Goods announced that they will be closed on Thanksgiving Day this year. Their CEO said the early announcement was to "give our teammates plenty of notice that we will be closed again, so they have the opportunity to plan for their annual traditions."

Dick's Sporting Goods joins Target in announcing Thanksgiving Day 2021 closures. We expect many more stores to announce similar closures as Black Friday expands to a longer month-long event once again this year. Stay tuned for more Black Friday updates throughout the year.
Target Announces They Will Close on Thanksgiving Day Again
Posted on January 13th @ 8:49 am ET in Industry News

Target issued a press release this morning discussing their 2020 holiday season. This press release  revealed that Target stores will once again be closed on Thanksgiving Day later this year. Target didn't announce any other details about their holiday plans, such as if the multiple weekly Black Friday sales will once again take place, although Target's sales were up significantly over 2019.

It will be interesting to see which of the other major retailers follow Target's lead on this. While we do expect some to also stay closed this year, we could see other retailers viewing this as an opportunity to have the spotlight and get a boost in sales if major stores such as Target are closed that day.