‘Christmas creep’: Amazon bumps shopping season up with Prime Day | US & Canada

Amazon.com Inc.’s two-day Prime Day sale kicked off on Tuesday and is expected to give the world’s largest e-commerce company an early advantage over brick-and-mortar rivals still contending with pandemic-spooked consumers wary of battling Black Friday crowds.

With Prime Day delayed to October from July this year, Amazon single-handedly could yank the pivotal holiday season forward – a long-predicted “Christmas creep.” More than three in four consumers plan to shop earlier this year than a year ago, with a third citing health and safety concerns, according to an International Council of Shopping Centers survey released Friday. Meanwhile a Harris Poll conducted with Bloomberg found that almost half of consumers plan to do most or all of their shopping on the web.

It’s a winning combination for Amazon and many of the merchants offering deals on the site. Perch, which sells women’s leggings, virtual-reality goggles and a range of other products

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This is the best jewelry cleaner you can buy on Amazon Canada

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Magnasonic Professional Ultrasonic Jewelry Cleaner

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A summer’s worth of sunscreen, moisturizer and mosquito spray has probably left enough build up on your jewelry to diminish its shine and colour.

The gunky, rusty appearance that your finest pieces have taken on is disappointing, isn’t it? After all, real gold, silver and precious gemstones aren’t cheap.

When it comes to jewelry cleaners, there’s hundreds available on Amazon in all different forms: from polishing cloths to disposable wipes to “diamond dazzle sticks.”

Though out of the hundreds to choose from, it all comes back to this device: Magnasonic’s Professional

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Jessica Alba’s Honest Beauty products are now available in Canada

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The product packaging was also boring, she says.

“There was no colour, there was no fun. Everything was so drab and itchy and raw,” Alba recalls. “I was like, gosh, I really wish I could get the sophistication and the beauty and the aesthetic of modern products, but made with more natural alternatives, more natural ingredients.”

The Honest Company was her attempt to fill that product void, launching in 2011 with 17 products in the personal care category such as body wash, shampoo and conditioner, as well as a few products for home cleaning.

“It was really like, what are the everyday products that you’re exposed to that could really effect your health?” Alba summarizes of the initial offering.

Operating with what Alba calls “full transparency” and “a higher standard,” the company uses its Honest Standard, which includes a “No List” of more than 2,500 chemicals and

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Scottish gift card issuer Miconex expands to US, Canada and Ireland

Scottish FinTech Miconex is expanding from its UK base with new contracts to deliver gift card programmes in Canada, the USA and Ireland, in association with international payments technology solutions provider EML Payments.

Miconex operates over 45 Town and City Gift Card programmes across Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland and will use its infrastructure and experience of working with towns and cities in the UK to drive the international expansion. Town and City Gift Card programmes lock in spend locally and drive local economic recovery.

The expansion strengthens Miconex’s long-term association with EML Payments (ASX: EML), which has offices in the UK, the rest of Europe, North America and Australia, and manages programmes across 28 countries on Mastercard, Visa, Eftpos and Discover.
In Canada, Miconex is working with Food Island Partnership to deliver Canada’s Food Island, a gift card programme for Prince Edward Island, located off the east

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Sally Beauty Commits to Canada Expansion With Acquisition

Sally Beauty Holdings has acquired a Canadian professional beauty products business as it eyes expansion in the country.

Sally Beauty’s Beauty Systems Group subsidiary has acquired La Maison Ami-Co. Inc., which is based in Quebec. Through the deal, Sally is buying the company’s 10 stores, adding 17 direct sales consultants and taking over exclusive distribution rights for several professional brands in the region, including Wella Professional, Goldwell and Oribé.

Sally’s Beauty Systems group already has 122 professional wholesale CosmoProf and Chalut stores in Canada. The company said the acquisition will help it to further expand Quebec operations and increase professional offerings in its existing store network.

“This acquisition is consistent with our strategy to gain additional exclusive distribution rights of professional hair color and care brands and should further strengthen BSG’s position in Canada while adding synergies between the Chalut and La Maison Ami-Co operations,” said Mark Spinks, president of

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