Amazon Prime Day 2020 is the ‘unofficial, official start to holiday shopping’ for all retailers like Target, Walmart [Video]

Jessica Teich, Good Housekeeping’s Products and Reviews Editor, joins Yahoo Finance’s The First Trade with Alexis Christoforous and Brian Sozzi to discuss the bests deals on Amazon Prime Day 2020, mistakes to avoid while shopping and what we should look out for from other retailers like Target and Walmart.

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BRIAN SOZZI: I think we can all agree the pandemic will make this a very weird holiday shopping season. From earlier deals to compressed shipping windows, consumers would be wise to shop now instead of December 24. But if you do get all your shopping done on Prime Day, does that mean Black Friday is no longer a thing?

Jessica Teich, she’s “Good Housekeeping’s” products and Reviews Editor and here with– is here with us now. Jessica, good to see you this morning. The deals are out there. Prime Day, Target, and Walmart all over the websites this morning.

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3 Funds to Tap the Holiday Season Shopping Rush

The coronavirus pandemic has made changes in the lifestyle and preferences of people. The U.S. economy is reopening in phases and social-distancing restrictions are being eased gradually. People are trying to do their daily work but with minimum human-to-human contact.

On the other hand, the holiday season is around the corner, and with events like Halloween, Thanksgiving, Cyber Monday, Black Friday and Christmas lined up during the late October-December period, retailers hold high hope to make business and recover from the coronavirus slump.

Per Deloitte’s annual holiday retail forecast, holiday retail sales are expected to increase between 1% and 1.5%, leading to sales between $1,147 billion and $1,152 billion during the November-January timeframe. The pandemic-led new normal trend has already boosted e-commerce this year, as matters of safety remains a prime concern, and will continue to boom as shoppers choose this medium for holiday shopping.

Deloitte forecasts that e-commerce sales

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Holiday Shopping Is Going to Be Weird This Year. Prime Day Can Help You Get an Early Start.

Holiday shopping, as with everything else this year, will not be normal. It may feel difficult to justify lavish spending when the unemployment rate remains over 7 percent, and many people won’t be able to travel to see their families because of the ongoing pandemic. However, if you are planning on doing presents in spite of 2020, it’s a good idea to get started going early. Retail industry analysts are guessing that online sales will grow up to 35 percent at the holidays compared to last year. Since the uptick in online orders has already taxed the mail system, we can assume that things may slow down even further with the increased demand. And there’s also the chance that more online shopping will cause popular items to go out of stock sooner than you’d expect.



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So if you’re ready

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Amazon Prime Day: Holiday shopping gets early start; Walmart, Best Buy, Target join in

NEW YORK (AP) — Halloween is still weeks away, but retailers are hoping you’ll start your holiday shopping now.

The big push is coming from Amazon, which is holding its annual Prime Day sales event Tuesday and Wednesday, kickstarting the holiday shopping season. It’s the first time Prime Day has been held in the fall, after the pandemic forced it to postpone from July.

Walmart, Best Buy and Target are also offering online deals over the same two days, hoping to lure deal seekers.

“Beat the holiday hustle,” Amazon’s site said on Tuesday. “Holiday savings start now,” a message on Target.com said.

There’s good reason for the early start. Retailers are worried that a rush of online orders later could lead to shipping delays in November and December. And stores want to avoid big crowds inside their stores during the pandemic. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said 

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Kohl’s (KSS) Unveils Slew of Plans to Enrich Holiday Shopping

With the holiday season approaching, retailers are gearing up to make the most of the season. In this regard, Kohl’s Corporation KSS unveiled several plans to enrich customer’s shopping experience by offering valuable holiday gifts on its online platform as well as in stores.

Notably, Kohl’s started offering holiday deals with WOW Deals since last week. Further, the company plans to keep floating various deals and savings through December that includes a new Black Friday Week shopping experience to entice consumers.

Markedly, Kohl’s boasts an assortment of holiday gifts with leading national brands like Nike NKE, Under Armour UAA, Levi’s and adidas among others. Also, it offers an impressive collection from proprietary brands that include Apt. 9, Sonoma Goods for Life and LC Lauren Conrad. Apart from these, the company has a number of new products under brands like Lands’ End, TOMS and Lauren Conrad Beauty. We note that it

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Prepping for ‘the Shipathon:’ With online holiday shopping amid the pandemic, how busy will shipping get?

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Since the coronavirus pandemic began in March, Americans have largely been staying home — and ordering goods online. The U.S. Post Office and shipping companies like FedEx and UPS have been running at full-tilt ever since.

Now with holiday season approaching, delivery services are preparing for perhaps their busiest seasons ever by expanding services and hiring seasonal employees.

FedEx spokeswoman Jennifer Caccavo Cordeau says the company is preparing for a “The Shipathon,” heading into this unprecedented peak season.

“With the onset of COVID-19, we have been operating at peak levels since March, and there is no sign of slowing down,” Cordeau said.

FedEx has opened over 70,000 positions in key markets. It accelerated its seven-day residential delivery and made more investments in automated facilities.

UPS will hire more than 100,000 seasonal employees. Already, UPS spokesman Matthew O’Connor said, the company has been working at a holiday-peak level.

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What to Know Before Shopping Online

When it comes to finding the absolutely best deal on anything, from name-brand appliances to obscure super-cool tools, two retail giants are competing for space in your shopping cart. Call it Amazon vs. Walmart.

For members, Amazon Prime and Walmart+ both offer additional options for savings on shipping, grocery shopping, even gas and e-books. Though the retailers have tons in common, their shopping offerings and grocery services differ in significant ways. Before you reach for your credit card, check out the reasons you should consider each one’s perks.



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Walmart+ vs. Amazon Prime: Which Costs More?

Walmart+ membership costs $98 for a one-year commitment, or $12.95 a month if you prefer to be billed monthly. You’ll save $57.40 by paying for the full year up front. Amazon Prime is slightly more expensive at $119 a year or $12.99 per month.

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Walmart+ and Amazon Prime offer free

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Movado Partners With eShopWorld to Localize the Luxury Shopping Experience for International Customers Ahead of Holiday Selling Season

eShopWorld’s Solution Enables Iconic Watch Brand to Offer Seamless Cross-Border Shopping to Customers Across the Globe

Movado Group, Inc. (NYSE: MOV), one of the world’s premier watchmakers, and eShopWorld (ESW), the world’s leading cross-border e-commerce company, today announced that they have launched a partnership to provide Movado and MVMT shoppers in markets across the globe with a localized, familiar online shopping experience. ESW simplifies each aspect of the cross-border e-commerce process by removing the challenges brands encounter when trying to sell and ship product internationally. The partnership will help prepare Movado and MVMT to meet early holiday demand due to the effects of COVID-19.

“Movado timepieces, with their iconic single dot on the dial, are known worldwide for their innovative design, craftsmanship and quality,” said Tommy Kelly, CEO of ESW. “Shoppers know they can expect a luxurious experience at every step of the shopping journey with Movado, and we’re excited

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Holiday shopping gets early start with October Prime Day

Halloween is still weeks away, but retailers are hoping you’ll start your holiday shopping now

NEW YORK — Halloween is still weeks away, but retailers are hoping you’ll start your holiday shopping now.

Walmart, Best Buy and Target are also offering online deals over the same two days, hoping to lure deal seekers.

There’s good reason for the early start. Retailers are worried

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Amazon Prime Day boosts small business shopping, too

Amazon’s annual shopping bonanza known as Prime Day begins Tuesday. Though, not everyone is excited: Campaign groups have urged shoppers to instead spend cash in small, local shops.

They argue the coronavirus pandemic — along with the lockdowns and travel restrictions that followed — has accelerated hardship for small- and medium-sized businesses that rely on foot traffic into their shops. Before COVID-19, many companies were already struggling to compete against the likes of Amazon, which offers quick delivery and access to thousands of products online.

One German trade union urged workers at seven Amazon warehouses in the country to go on strike and advocate for better pay conditions.

But Oliver Bristowe, co-owner of Pets Purist, an animal care business in the English city of Manchester, said a boycott against Prime Day could negatively affect his business and thousands of others like it.

“A shop in a local community finds Amazon

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