Retail Index Predicts Online Holiday Shopping Season to Be Earlier and Bigger Than Ever Retail Index

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Consumer Same-Day Purchase Intent
Consumer Same-Day Purchase Intent

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Oct. 14, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — ( today released new research on the upcoming online holiday shopping season. The Retail Index suggests this year’s e-commerce shopping will be the biggest and longest holiday shopping season ever.

The research, “ Retail Index: 2020 E-Commerce Holiday Shopping Season Earlier, Bigger Than Ever Before,” found that increased spending in advance of the holiday season started a month earlier that previous years.

“Traditionally, e-commerce experiences its seasonal low in mid-September between back-to-school spending and the beginning of holiday and fall spending. This year, which isn’t traditional in any fashion, the seasonal low happened in mid-August as if the holiday spending season will be a full month longer,” said Sara Korab, Retail Trends director at “In addition, with Prime Day and competing sales dominating this week, we expect

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Flexibility, Online Agility Key This Holiday Shopping Season

When Melissa Davis, head of North America at Afterpay, was asked if there was one thing retailers and brands could do to help them better prepare for this upcoming holiday shopping season, she didn’t hesitate in her response.

“You must ensure that you have the flexibility and payment options in buy online, pickup in-store, and in curbside pickup, and offer an ease-of-use experience for consumers, [but] they’re going to shop — and an experience that is seamless across all channels,” she said.

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The context of her remarks is a new retail environment where online sales continue to skyrocket and where physical stores reopen doors (with safety measures in place) to satiate pent-up consumer demand for having experiences outside of their homes.

Her perspective is based on insights culled from Afterpay’s 10 million consumers and 55,000 retail partners globally. Afterpay is a retail technology firm that offers flexible

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Amazon Prime Day, other sales events start holiday shopping season early

Oct. 13 (UPI) — Occurring later this year due to COVID-19, Amazon’s Prime Day began on Tuesday amid direct competition from other retailers that have accelerated the arrival of the holiday shopping season by a few weeks, experts say.

Usually held in July, Prime Day will last through Tuesday and Wednesday. Amazon said it’s spending more than $100 million on promotional activities to aid small businesses and attract new customers during the two-day sale.

Prime Day is available to shoppers in the United States, Britain, the United Arab Emirates, Spain, Singapore, Netherlands, Mexico, Luxembourg, Japan, Italy, Germany, France, China, Canada, Belgium, Austria and Australia.

Competitors including Walmart, Best Buy, eBay, Target and Macy’s have also rolled out big sales to compete with Amazon, transforming this week into an unofficial launch of the holiday shopping season — which typically begins with Black Friday on the day after Thanksgiving.

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‘Christmas creep’: Amazon bumps shopping season up with Prime Day | US & Canada 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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Cushnie Bridal Wedding Dresses by Season

Carly Cushnie may have just launched her bridal line in 2019 but the label is quickly becoming a favorite of contemporary brides everywhere. With fitted, streamlined looks and her signature minimalist-with-a-twist take on clothes, the pieces are form-fitting, powerful, and modern. A fun, fresh take on bridalwear.

Cushnie Bridal Spring 2020

A play on cut and symmetry, Cushnie Bridal’s Spring 2020 features edgy square cuts, flared pants, and capes. The details are unexpected yet subtle: spaghetti straps over off-the-shoulder lace, lace capes on a structured pantsuit, and one-shoulder sleeves. Powerful and versatile, these are highly functional pieces brides can wear over and over.

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“Style 311” square neck sleeveless column gown with detachable train.

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“Style 310” One-shoulder flutter sleeve gown with lace trim on asymmetrical neckline and thigh slit.

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“Style 704” long-sleeved wide leg jumpsuit with plunging neckline and

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‘the unofficial start’ of the holiday season

The timing of Amazon (AMZN) Prime Day this year marks “the unofficial official start to holiday shopping — which is pretty smart,” says Jessica Teich, Good Housekeeping’s products and reviews editor.

”This is definitely going to be the longest holiday shopping season we have seen,” Teich told Yahoo Finance’s The First Trade.

The sales event for Amazon shoppers typically happens in July. However due to the coronavirus pandemic, it was pushed out to October 13 and 14 — ^ weeks ahead of Black Friday.

“Is Prime Day the new Black Friday? One thing is for sure, that Prime Day is absolutely changing the way that we’re shopping,” she added.

Shopping in October rather than up against the holidays avoids massive clog-ups surrounding the shipping windows towards the end of year.

Other retailers like Walmart (WMT), Target (TGT), Best Buy (BBY) and Overstock (OSTK) are holding their own special deals this

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Hermione de Paula Wedding Dresses by Season

After graduating from Central St Martins, Hermione de Paula launched her eponymous label. With tenures at Dior Couture, Alexander McQueen, and John Galliano, de Paula embraced understated elegance that she employed with exquisite botanical detailing when she opened her bridal studio in 2015. Extremely romantic, the label’s designs are covered in intricate beadings of English florals to make the dreamiest of bridal gowns. The label also injects bold bridal looks in shocking reds that are perfect for the fearless who wants a standout wedding look for the books.

Hermione de Paula Fall 2020

The “Midnight Rose” and “Dusky Rose” collections from Hermione de Paula’s Fall 2020 show are filled with exquisite floral embroidery, beading, and fringe work. Light and airy, the gowns are all about movement in organza overskirts, billowing tulle sleeves, and sheer capelets. Modern takes come in the form of a jumpsuit with a tulle overskirt and a

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Report: Majority of U.S. Consumers Will Turn to Amazon First for Gift Shopping This Holiday Season

NEW YORK, Oct. 13, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — A majority (52%) of U.S. shoppers plan to start their online shopping via Amazon™ this holiday season, according to newly released findings from Episerver, the customer-centric digital experience company.

For its latest report, “An Interview with The Couch Shopper: The Episerver Holiday Ecommerce Report 2020,” Episerver surveyed 4,050 online shoppers across the world and performed 1.6 billion website sessions to uncover the behaviors and trends shaping the future of e-commerce. The survey revealed that 42% of U.S. shoppers plan to buy most of their holiday gifts on Amazon this year, and 11% say they plan to buy all of their holiday gifts on Amazon.

Amazon is not only the world’s largest retailer, it is now most consumers’ first stop along their holiday shopping journey and remains a go-to for year-round shopping needs. Episerver’s study found that in general, 48% of online

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Amazon Prime Day 2020 kicking off early holiday shopping season amid coronavirus pandemic – Business – Austin American-Statesman

For years, Amazon Prime Day’s nickname was “Black Friday in July.”

Now, Amazon is helping to kick off the holiday shopping season in earnest after delaying its annual sale from July until October amid the coronavirus pandemic.

As they do when Prime Day is held in July, other retailers including Target, Walmart and Best Buy are holding big sales of their own to compete with Amazon’s members-only shopping event.

But after Prime Day and the competing sales end, be prepared for round after round of early sales through Thanksgiving and beyond.

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Carolina Herrera Wedding Dresses by Season

An easy favorite of celebrities from Caroline Kennedy to Idina Menzel, Carolina Herrera launched her bridal line out of her eponymous label in 1987 and has since been a go-to for brides worldwide. Classic and elegant, the label ties in modern sensibilities with refined sophistication. Currently helmed by Wes Gordon, the label is known for its dramatic details like oversized bows, sculpted silhouettes, and exaggerated trains perfect for bold, fashion-loving brides.

Carolina Herrera Bridal Fall 2020

With only 11 dresses, this Carolina Herrera Bridal Fall 2020 collection features a play on silhouettes with sculpted trumpet skirts, imposing A-lines, and dramatic details. The collection also features a lot of textures including silk mikado, luxe jacquard, and organza overlays, among others. It channels modern drama fit for the contemporary bride.

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“Michaela” strapless silk faille A-line wedding dress with exposed crystal embroidered corset and cascade draped back bow.

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