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    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Smash-and-grab robberies are on the rise, and with the holiday shopping season in full swing downtown Chicago businesses are sounding the alarm about their biggest concern this year: safety.Retailers worry that if something isn't done to stem the flood of these incidents, in which large groups bum rush stores and take merchandise, it will scare off customers and also impact retailers as they decide where they can safely operate.RELATED: Chicago Burberry store on Michigan Avenue hit by thievesChicago police were called to the Mag Mile this weekend to disperse a large group of young people who had gone into Neiman Marcus. In a separate incident, they arrested a person with a gun after the individual reportedly stole merchandise from Sak's Fifth Avenue.These incidents came on the heels of much larger-scale organized thefts that have plagued stores in recent months.RELATED: 14 thieves take $120K in merchandise from Oak Brook mall Louis Vuitton in grab-and-run, police sayAt a Monday morning crime summit at University of Illinois at Chicago, theft rings were cited as a major concern for retailers."Stores now...
    Target is extending its holiday store hours.The retailer will now be open from 7 a.m. to midnight every day through Dec. 23.Company officials say they're just trying to make it easier for people to fulfill their holiday needs.Meanwhile, Walmart will be open daily from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.You should always check store hours before you go.
    FedEx predicted that Monday will be a record day for deliveries for the 2021 holiday season, company executives told CNBC. “We’ve seen a lot of people actually starting their Christmas shopping in the month of October, which is fundamentally different than we have seen traditionally in the past,” FedEx vice president of global e-commerce Ryan Kelly told CNBC. “What you see is a lot of messaging about shop and ship early, pulling sales forward, pulling promotions forward. A lot of retailers have really leaned into that this year,” Kelly said. FedEx delivered roughly 96% of its packages on time during October, compared to 99% for UPS and the U.S. postal service, according to data obtained by CNBC. Federal Express trucks fuel up at the Love’s Truck Stop in Springville, Utah, on December 1, 2021. – High fuel prices and a shortage of truckers have had a negative effect on the US supply chain. (Photo by GEORGE FREY/AFP via Getty Images) On-time delivery over 95% is considered an indication of an efficient network, according to CNBC. Additionally, 70% of online deliveries...
    WASHINGTON -- The country's business economists have raised their forecasts for inflation as consumers enter the heart of the holiday shopping season, saying price spikes have resulted in large part from bottlenecked supply chains.A survey released Monday by the National Association for Business Economics found that its panel of forecasters expects consumer prices to rise 6% this quarter compared to a year ago.That marks an increase from the 5.1% inflation the forecasters predicted in September for the same 12-month period.Eighty-seven of the panelists have identified supply chain bottlenecks as a major factor in the acceleration of prices.READ ALSO | Why US inflation is so high, and when prices will stop spikingEMBED More News Videos Prices of food, gas, cars and more are skyrocketing as the consumer price index soared 6.2% from a year ago.
    In this article FDXVIDEO2:2202:22FedEx plans to deliver 100 million more holiday packages in 2021 vs. 2019Squawk BoxFedEx forecasts Monday will be its busiest day of the 2021 holiday season. "We've seen a lot of people actually starting their Christmas shopping in the month of October, which is fundamentally different than we have seen traditionally in the past," Ryan Kelly, vice president of global e-commerce at FedEx told CNBC. "What you see is a lot of messaging about shop and ship early, pulling sales forward, pulling promotions forward. A lot of retailers have really leaned into that this year." In October, FedEx delivered approximately 96% of packages on time compared with 99% for UPS and 99% for the U.S. Postal Service, according to data from ShipMatrix. On-time delivery above 95% is considered a sign of an efficient network, especially with 70% of e-commerce being delivered to homes, which is generally more time-consuming and less profitable than business delivery. FedEx estimates it will deliver 100 million more packages this year than it did from Black Friday to Christmas in pre-pandemic 2019 and 10%...
    Children across the country were treated to shopping sprees with police officers over the weekend, in an annual event put on by many local police departments called “Shop with a Cop.” Multiple departments in northeast Ohio participated in the event. In Summit County, 140 children were taken to a local Walmart to spend $150 on gifts for themselves or others, according to Fox 8. Members of the community raised the money over the past year. Deputy Michael Hawsman of the Summit County Sheriff’s Office was on hand for the event. “Watching the kids eyes get twice as big as they pull in and go shopping that’s what we’re here for,” Hawsman told Fox 8. In Medina County, 150 children went shopping with officers, and they received a special surprise when Santa Claus arrived via helicopter, the outlet reports. Another magical day in the books!! Shop with a Cop 2021!!!Professionalism⭐️Honesty⭐️Integrity⭐️Loyalty Posted by Medina County Sheriffs Office on Saturday, December 4, 2021 During the coronavirus pandemic last year, many departments could not accompany children on a shopping spree, but officers still...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Time now for Festival Friday with some great options for holiday shopping!The "One of a Kind Show" is back at The Mart, celebrating its 20th anniversary. It features four-hundred artisans with everything from fine art to handmade goods, gourmet cafes and live entertainment. It runs through Sunday.The Randolph Street Holiday Market is back as a pop-up, at a new location - 830 North Michigan Avenue. For the next three weekends, shop for vintage and modern items, enjoy live music, food and craft cocktails!Need a peaceful break after the shopping? Head to the Garfield Park Conservatory Winter Flower Show, called "Serenity." Immerse yourself among poinsettias and many more gorgeous blooms.Joffrey Ballet's "The Nutcracker" returns to the Lyric Opera House tomorrow. The re-imagined classic takes us on a Christmas journey through the 1893 Chicago World's Fair. It runs through December 26."Hanukkon" is Sunday at Congregation B'NAI Tikvah in Deerfield. Hanukkah meets pop culture in this family-fun event with performers, authors, and local celebrities. That's from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and everyone is welcome.And all aboard for holiday cheer!...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- Christmas is just a few short weeks away, which may feel like plenty of time to still shop. But if you're ordering online, you need to be mindful of shipping deadlines and delays.Santa's helpers already have overflowing sleighs full of packages, and it's not even crunch time for deliveries.Alexandra Duff didn't take any chances this year. Her gifts were already shipped to her brothers in Los Angeles and Connecticut and and her grandmother in Massachusetts."I started back in October," she said. "I can't risk it. I need to know it's going to be there."MORE 7 ON YOUR SIDE | Holiday shopping: Simple tips to avoid gift card scamsEMBED More News Videos 7 On Your Side's Nina Pineda has the simple safeguards to take before you shop for gift cards on Black Friday or t his holiday season. The longer you wait, the more you'll pay for shipping, especially if you need rushed delivery like overnight or same day.Amazon's standard shipping deadline to arrive by Christmas is December 17, while the U.S. postal service and UPS say...
    What do you get the person who thinks they have everything? Chocolate or gift cards may be your best bet, according to new research. A survey of 2,000 general population Americans found that while most (58 percent) said they’re easy to shop for during the holidays, some believe they’re impossible to shop for (5 percent). 3Most people would be happy with getting chocolates or gift cards for ChristmasCredit: Getty 3Most people feel like they have everything alreadyCredit: Getty Two in three of those impossible to shop for say it's because they’re extremely picky about what they want. Nearly half believe they either have everything they could possibly want (47 percent) or never know what to ask for (45 percent). Meanwhile, three in four people who claim to be easy to shop for during the holidays said their secret is simply being “easy to shop for.” Sixty-eight percent believe the thought behind the gift counts more than the gift itself. No matter the case, respondents said the most universally enjoyed gifts are chocolate (58 percent), holiday gift baskets (50 percent) and...
    Cyber Monday online sales dropped for the first time ever as consumers experienced fewer discounts and began their holiday shopping earlier than in previous years. Consumers spent $10.7 billion on Monday, a 1.4% decrease compared to the same day in 2020, according to Adobe Analytics, CNBC reported. Monday’s figure marks the first time that Adobe recorded a decrease in spending on one of the nation’s busiest online shopping days since the firm first reported on e-commerce in 2012. The holiday shopping season will still see record-breaking e-commerce activity overall, though, as consumers began purchases earlier than in previous years, Adobe Analytics reported. #BidenBlueChristmas updates Three revealing data points: 1. Cyber Monday sales fall for first year, ever 2. Online Black Friday sales down vs. 2020 3. In-person Black Friday traffic -28% vs. pre-pandemic 2019https://t.co/2r4MHtd2eu — Steve Cortes (@CortesSteve) November 30, 2021 Consumers spent $109.8 billion on e-commerce platforms between Nov.1 and Monday, an 11.9% year-over-year increase, Adobe reported. Consumers bought over $3 billion worth of goods over just 22 of the days between Nov. 1 and Monday. “With...
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    VIDEO2:0802:08Americans getting a head start on holiday shopping this yearThe News with Shepard Smith Americans are spending a little less this holiday season — but still more than they can afford. Total spending on Black Friday, both in stores and online, fell slightly from a year ago — the first decline on record — in part because holiday shoppers started their shopping earlier in face of supply chain setbacks and shipping delays. All in, consumers plan to spend $997.73 on average for themselves and their families this year, according to the National Retail Federation's annual survey, down from the pre-pandemic high of $1,047.83 hit in 2019. And for the first time, about 45%, of shoppers plan to use "buy now, pay later," or BNPL, services for their holiday shopping to spread out their expenses, according to a recent report by Cardify, which polled more than 2,000 adults. More from Personal Finance:The 12 days of Christmas are more expensive this year1 in 3 shoppers are still paying off last year’s holiday debtHow to limit the bite inflation is taking from your budget "It's...
    In this article ETSY KR MAT CVS U.S. President Joe Biden announces the release of 50 million barrels of oil from the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve as part of a coordinated effort with other major economies to help ease rising gas prices as he delivers remarks on the economy and "lowering prices," during a speech in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building's South Court Auditorium at the White House in Washington, U.S., November 23, 2021.Evelyn Hockstein | ReutersWASHINGTON -- President Joe Biden will host the CEOs of several major retailers at the White House on Monday to discuss administration efforts to tackle global supply chain bottlenecks, and reassure Americans that goods will be on shelves for the holidays. Joining Biden in person from the tech sector will be Etsy CEO Josh Silverman and Samsung CEO KS Choi, according to a list from the White House. The supermarket industry will be represented by Food Lion president Meg Ham, Todos Supermarket CEO Carlos Castro and Kroger CEO Rodney McMullen. Other retailers in attendance will include Mattel CEO Ynon Kreiz, Best Buy CEO...
    President Joe Biden is meeting with a slew of CEOs of big-name companies on Monday as inflation and supply chain issues hit the country during the holiday shopping period. The president, Director of the National Economic Council Brian Des and Biden’s senior advisor Cedric Richmond will host a roundtable featuring the CEOs of Best Buy, Samsung, Qurate Retail Group, Todds Supermarket, Etsy, Mattel and Kroger, the White House noted Monday morning. The president of Food Lion will also attend the roundtable in person, and the CEOs of Walmart and CVS Health plan to attend the meeting virtually. Biden is currently dealing with a supply chain crisis and has focused his energy in part on delays at major ports and expanding hours for truckers. The president plans to speak to the nation about the administration’s efforts in fixing the crisis after his Monday meeting. (RELATED: ‘It’s Unprecedented’: Builders Running Out Of Key Construction Materials, Forced To Find Alternatives) SAN PEDRO, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 24: Trucks haul shipping containers at the Port of Los Angeles on November 24, 2021 in San Pedro, California....
    PHILADELPHIA (CNN) — Cyber Monday is here, and while millions of Americans will be looking for the best deals the internet has to offer, cyber criminals will be hard at work looking to target online shoppers. The holiday shopping season is a prime opportunity for bad actors to take advantage of unsuspecting shoppers through fake websites, malicious links, and even fake charities. Their goal is simple: get a hold of your personal and financial information to compromise your data, insert malicious software, steal your identity and take your money. And if you think you’re not worth being the target of such bad actors, think again. Criminals don’t need to know how much is in your bank account to want to get into it. Your identity, your financial data, what’s in your email — it’s all valuable, and cyber criminals will cast as wide a net as possible to get to anyone they can. In fact, they’re counting on you to think thinking you’re not a target. READ MORE: Temple Fires Rod Carey As Head Football Coach After 3 SeasonsAt the...
    The FBI is warning the public of common holiday scams during the 2021 holiday season: With the holidays upon us and seasonal shopping in full gear, criminals are set to look for opportunities to take advantage of consumers. The FBI is encouraging shoppers to be vigilant for scams that are designed to steal their money and personal information. The two most prevalent holiday scams are non-delivery and non-payment crimes. The FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) received more than 17,000 complaints of non-delivery goods, resulting in over $53 million in losses during the 2020 holiday season. “More than ever consumers are shopping online and using alternative payment methods, aside from cash,” said Susan Ferensic, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Columbia Field Office. “Criminals have adapted to the way we shop, and they work overtime to create elaborate schemes to steal from us.” Some of the common holiday scams the FBI warns of are: Online shopping scams – Scammers offer deals through phishing e-mails or advertisements. Social media...
    (CNN)Cyber Monday is here, and while millions of Americans will be looking for the best deals the internet has to offer, cyber criminals will be hard at work looking to target online shoppers.The holiday shopping season is a prime opportunity for bad actors to take advantage of unsuspecting shoppers through fake websites, malicious links, and even fake charities. Their goal is simple: get a hold of your personal and financial information to compromise your data, insert malicious software, steal your identity and take your money.And if you think you're not worth being the target of such bad actors, think again. Criminals don't need to know how much is in your bank account to want to get into it. Your identity, your financial data, what's in your email -- it's all valuable, and cyber criminals will cast as wide a net as possible to get to anyone they can. In fact, they're counting on you to think thinking you're not a target.At the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) we've put together a few easy steps to help prevent you from...
    Ready or not to deck the halls, holiday shoppers should bookmark these deals for Cyber Monday 2021. The second-biggest discount day of 2021 falls on the Monday after Thanksgiving, but many major retailers announced early-bird sales for customers looking to cross off items on their wish lists.The spread-out savings opportunities don't mean shoppers should wait to shop in anticipation of better deals to come -- amid supply chain complications due to the pandemic, this season's most in-demand items could sell out quickly."My number one tip: Shop now," said Sheri Lambert , assistant professor of marketing at Temple University in Philadelphia. "Order that special gift for that special someone today. And even then, anticipate and expect the worst - but hope for the best."HuluGet the Hulu (ad-supported) plan for 99 cents a month for 12 months. Deal ends 11/29. Terms apply.*WalmartLike last year, Walmart will spread out its savings to multiple events in November to offer customers the best prices of the season on the must-have gifts topping everyone's holiday shopping lists. Each savings event will begin online at Walmart.com and...
    Sign on glass reading Thank You For Supporting This Local Business in a bakery in Walnut Creek, California, September 15, 2021. Photo courtesy Sftm. (Photo by Gado/Getty Images)Gado | Archive Photos | Getty Images Over one-third of Americans (34%) say they plan to shop on Small Business Saturday, a rebound from 2020, but spending during the holiday promotional day has not returned to the levels seen before the pandemic, according to a new CNBC|Momentive Small Business Survey. In 2020, 30% of Americans said they would patronize a small business on Small Business Saturday. Pre-pandemic, support for local businesses was higher, if declining: 44% in 2018 and 39% in 2019.  "Of course, consumers still have some love for Small Business Saturday, but it doesn't have the same hype that we might have seen in previous years," Laura Wronski, senior manager of research science at Momentive, wrote in an email. "Few people say they're the most excited to go shopping on Small Business Saturday, and few say they plan to spend the most money that day." The new survey was conducted Nov....
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Holiday shopping was as festive as could be this Black Friday night on Oak Street right off the Mag Mile. Santa and Mrs. Claus headed to Oak Street Friday night to help switch on a new light display along the popular shopping district, between Rush Street and Michigan Avenue. READ MORE: Former Chicago Bear Dan Hampton Faces Driving While Intoxicated Charge After Recent In Northwest IndianaMore than 100,000 white lights were set up on the more than 40 trees and light poles on the block. The choreographed lights blink, fade, and shimmer in time with ambient holiday music that plays along the street, according to the organization Oak Street Chicago. READ MORE: Police: CTA Bus Driver Stabbed In Hand After Confronting Man Who Pickpocketed Woman In Old TownThe show was created by Illuminight Lighting, which has also designed and set up the ZooLights Festival at Lincoln Park Zoo for more than 10 years. MORE NEWS: After 2 Long Years, Crowds Of Shoppers Downtown Are Thrilled To Be Out And About Again This Black FridayShoppers can enjoy the...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — With all the online shopping underway this weekend, soon you can expect to see a slew of boxes showing up on people’s doorsteps. Unfortunately, the holidays are also a prime time for thieves, but CBS2’s Natalie Duddridge has tips to protect your packages. READ MORE: Black Friday Shoppers Back In Person This Year, Despite Higher PricesSurveillance video from incident shows a suspect in a red hoodie use a lock pick to open an exterior and interior door at an apartment building in Kips Bay. Once inside, the man grabs a package and takes off. Incidents like this happen all too often. Though police don’t specifically track package theft, it falls under petit and grand larceny, which is up 18% this month. Experts say the holiday shopping season is too tempting for thieves. “This is really the beginning of package season. Unfortunately, that also means a lot of packages get stolen,” CNET Editorial Director Dan Ackerman told Duddridge. “Every year, we hear about porch piracy, but it applies to people in apartments too.” Ackerman said there are...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX) — After a rash of smash and grab retail robberies, among the greeters, shoppers, and visitors in Union Square on Black Friday, were San Francisco police officers. Some walked around, others drove around by motorcycle and patrol car. Many visitors said they appreciated the high police visibility. READ MORE: New COVID Variant 'Omicron' Identified; Dow Stocks Tumble More Than 900 Points“I feel very safe. I like it. It feels very good,” said Sharlotta Velger, who works in Union Square. “I have my family here – my wife and my baby – I feel secure,” said Jose Diaz, visiting from Sacramento. SFPD Chief Bill Scott was out there as well. He told KPIX 5 the visibility on Black Friday, and throughout the remainder of the holiday season, is critical. “We have to prevent reoccurrences of what we saw last week. That’s what we’re here to do,” he said. “We have to sustain this type of presence. People feel better when we are here.” A week ago, a large group of people ransacked the Louis Vuitton store in Union...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — This Black Friday, bargain hunters did something we haven’t seen in over a year – they showed up in person. As CBS 2’s Tim McNicholas reported, crowds of shoppers were seen shuffling in and out of Loop storefronts all day Friday. It was a welcome change for retailers after the pandemic kept many shoppers at home last year. READ MORE: Burglars Target The North Face Store, Foot Locker In Wicker Park; Boost Mobile Nearby In Humboldt ParkBut this Black Friday comeback could make those supply chain challenges we’ve been experiencing lately all the more challenging. In 2020, Tami Doig wasn’t comfortable shopping anywhere. One year and three COVID-19 shots later, she was out with her daughter in the South Loop. “Not interested in like the crazy, trying to be part of the crazy mess at the big box stores, but we wanted to support this store,” Doig said. The store she was talking about is Kido at 1137 S. Delano Ct., a local business that sells clothes, books, and yes – the toys on your...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Many Maryland shoppers returned to brick and mortar stores for Black Friday in search of deals. Amber Dupre was among them. She picked up a new tv at the Timonium Best Buy. “I got this tv for $549, and it’s usually like $1000,” Dupre told WJZ Investigator Mike Hellgren. “I haven’t seen any arguments. somebody just gave me their parking space, so I was like, ‘Today is going to be a good day.’” Shoppers were back out in force in Maryland this #BlackFriday. We’ll look at the challenges for retailers from supply issues to staffing shortages on CBSN Baltimore at 6 and WJZ at 7 @wjz pic.twitter.com/AN1iEO31KV — Mike Hellgren (@HellgrenWJZ) November 26, 2021 READ MORE: Catonsville Carpenter Moonlights As Santa's Helper, Writing Back To Hopeful ChildrenMeghan Caine also found some bargains. “Yeah, I just got a good deal on a tv. I just purchased a mattress and got a great deal on that. I’m finding them,” Caine said. Both shoppers were excited to return to Black Friday traditions after many stayed home in 2020 because...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Steve Bernas, president, and CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois, joined ABC7 to discuss holiday shopping.Bernas gave tips for people as they shop during the holiday season. He spoke about how to avoid shopping scams on Black Friday.SEE ALSO | Black Friday 2021: Chicago area shoppers line up for deals outside Aurora outlet mall"Instead of setting an alarm to brave crowds for deeply discounted items, dedicated shoppers are expected to look for deals online in advance of Black Friday, similar to last year," said Bernas. "However, the concern is that shoppers do so with caution."He also discussed how ongoing supply chain challenges could impact holiday shopping in 2021 and offered warnings for shoppers about price hikes caused by inflation."The impact of the continued pandemic, hiring challenges for retailers, expected global supply chain interruptions, and other economic factors will determine how people will shop," said Bernas. "Retail experts are predicting higher-than-normal crowds in the stores and increased percentages in spending on gifts, decorations, and overall holiday-related purchases."RELATED | Stores kick off Black Friday...
    Black Friday has long served as the kick-off for the holiday shopping season, but the annual retail event is a day that’s shrouded in a little mystery. While competing myths have left some history-loving shoppers scratching their heads, the general consensus is that Black Friday got its start in Pennsylvania in the 20th century. "Many people think that ‘Black Friday’ comes from the idea that it’s a highly profitable day for retailers, one where they’re getting ‘out of the red’ and ‘into the black,’" said Jay Myers, the co-founder and vice president of growth at Bold Commerce. "The term didn’t actually originate from retailers. Philadelphia police officers first used the term ‘Black Friday’ in the 1960s to describe the day after Thanksgiving, when a flurry of tourists came into the city to shop, causing traffic jams and accidents." THIS BLACK FRIDAY, WHAT’S THE BEST WAY TO PAY?Black Friday Little Known Facts1. The first recorded ‘Black Friday’: The first time the term "Black Friday" was used on a national level came in September 1869. But, it wasn’t in reference to holiday...
    Retail analysts are predicting record-setting sales from in-store and online holiday shopping this season, but the crowds didn’t get an early start in some of the oft-busy retail corners of the Bay Area. At the Westfield Oakridge shopping mall in San Jose, the number of shoppers could be counted in the dozens rather than the hundreds just after 7 a.m. Friday, when the stores first opened. Parking was plentiful, and the only line that had formed was a gathering of eight or so people waiting to get into a GameStop before it opened its doors. Patricia DiSilva and Hannah Arrington were two of those people waiting to get into the GameStop before doors opened, and the lack of a crowd surprised them. They live nearby and walked to the mall in order to avoid what they assumed would be a crowded parking lot. “We were trying to beat the traffic,” Arrington said. “But there was no traffic to beat,” DiSilva contined. “”We were expecting more people.” Malls in the East Bay were quiet, too, with no early crowds at the...
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – There’s a worker shortage just as the holiday shopping season has gotten underway. Black Friday may be here, but some businesses don’t have enough staff to stay open as long as they’d like. READ MORE: Beloved Tahoe Park Donut Shop Burglarized Thanksgiving MorningIn Old Sacramento, this Christmas time will mean an early closing time for Steamers Cafe, where Janie Desmond Ison has been the owner for nearly three decades. “It’s shocking to me that we’ve gotten to this point,” Ison said.  Ison will be closing up two hours early each day, losing potential customers because she can’t find enough employees to keep her doors open. “So after those months of COVID, and the lost revenue there, you finally have an opportunity to make it up — no staff,” Ison said.  Even increasing employee pay has not helped “So now we’re up to $16.50 an hour,” Ison said.  That’s $3.50 an hour more than the Sacramento city minimum wage. READ MORE: Caldor Fire Victims Celebrate First Holiday Without HomeIson’s also competing with the other hundred Old Sac small business owners to retain...
    Toys are seen at a Target store on October 25, 2021 in Houston, Texas.Brandon Bell | Getty Images Despite high sales expectations for Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday, just over half of American consumers don't plan to shop on some of the biggest days for deals during the holiday season. Fifty-two percent of Americans said they won't go shopping on Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, or Cyber Monday, while 59% said they are not excited to go shopping on any of the three days, according to a CNBC/Momentive Small Business Survey for Small Business Saturday. The survey was conductive by Momentive from Nov. 10 to Nov. 12 and included 2,744 respondents. An estimated 158.3 million people will shop from Thanksgiving Day through Cyber Monday this year, an increase of 2 million people compared to 2020, according to the National Retail Federation. However, that would be down 4.2% compared to the number of people that shopped over that period in 2019. Amid a holiday shopping season noticeably different than previous years impacted by pandemic trends and new habits like curbside pickup,...
    Everyone’s singing the “Supply Chain Blues” this year, worried their holiday gifts won’t make it home in time. Fortunately, there’s an easy solution that avoids shipping woes and might actually help small businesses in Silicon Valley: Shop local. And if you don’t know where to start, don’t worry because I’ve got a few suggestions that could cover everybody on your list — especially if they live in the Bay Area. GAME NIGHT: Believe it or not, there’s a knock-off version of Monopoly based on San Jose called — you guessed it — San Jose-Opoly. You might remember there was a Silicon Valley board game called In the Chips back in the early ’80s and a SiliconValleyOpoly later in the decade, and both were so-so at best. This one is spot-on, with Santana Row and San Pedro Square Market occupying the traditional Boardwalk and Park Place spots and references to Falafel’s Drive-In, Cinequest, San Jose Jazz and Shoe Palace. My only complaint is that the game tokens are generic and it really needs an Electric Light Tower and a Quetzalcoatl for...
    NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – It’s officially one of the biggest shopping days of the year, and retailers are looking forward to the big boost in black Friday business. Beginning early Friday morning, folks lined up at the Best Buy in Hurst for two things, Sony Playstations and the black Friday experience. READ MORE: Nonprofit Brings War Veterans And Former Pro Athletes Together To Help Each Other“We kind of wanted the experience of going out early in the morning and getting the feel for it,” said shopper Sam Tolson. Black Friday is practically another holiday itself for retailers, and luckily for them, consumer spending is expected to be strong. The National Retail Federation predicts about 158 million people will open up their wallets this weekend, up two million from last year. Half of those folks are expected to shop today. “People are trying to get back out there!” said shopper Ethan French. READ MORE: North Texas Shoppers Prepare To Take What They Can Get On Black FridayAnd getting back out there, they are. The organization believes that in person shopping is...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Thanksgiving Day in Philadelphia means Christmas Village is back at LOVE Park. There was so much excitement in the air for the 14th annual Christmas Village Thursday afternoon. People packed inside the open-air German Market early in the morning. Some having their pictures taken in front of the ‘I Heart Philly’ sign. READ MORE: Retailers, Employees At Cherry Hill Mall Expect A 'More Traditional' Black Friday Dozens of venders including international and local ones selling gifts and decorations and ornaments. The smells were also impressive; people ate German food and sipping on hot chocolate. Many families from the Delaware Valley came out Thursday morning, but some are visiting from out of state, like one couple from Boise, Idaho. “We love it. This is actually a return trip for us. So we really love it here. Made it a point of coming back here,” Kyle Stevens told CBS3.   “It’s just happiness,” Erica Lynn from West Philadelphia said. “You see all these people around you don’t really see, and it’s just good times, really.” But among the beautiful...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- Holiday shoppers hit stores and malls early across the Tri-State area to take advantage of all those Black Friday shopping deals.Unlike past years, this year we dealing with not only the pandemic but also supply chain issues and inflation.ALSO READ | Black Friday deals: From Amazon to Walmart to local stores, make sure to shop earlyEMBED More News Videos Shop early! 7 On Your Side's Nina Pineda says jumping on Black Friday deals now could save you big time. Video showed the moment Macy's opened the doors to its flagship store in Midtown Manhattan at 6 a.m. after being closed on Thanksgiving Day.A large crowd rushed in.And across the Hudson River, the American Dream Mall in East Rutherford, New Jersey opened an hour later at 7 a.m.Eyewitness News found lots of enthusiastic shoppers there, despite this year's limitations.Shoppers are expected to pay on average of between 5% to 17% more for toys, clothing, appliances, TVs and others purchases on Black Friday this year compared with last year, according to Aurelien Duthoit, senior sector advisor at Allianz...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The arrival of Thanksgiving means the holiday shopping season is in full swing. Finding the best deals can depend on when you shop. Eric Matisoff from Adobe Analytics says online shoppers may be able to find some good deals by using a little strategy. READ MORE: Study: COVID-19 Reinfection Is Rare, Severe Disease Even Rarer“The hot items this year are kind of your usual holiday standards – electronics, toys,” he said. Matisoff said Black Friday is good for home goods like furniture and tools. On Saturday, cyber shoppers will see more deals for electronics and appliances. Sunday is the best day for apparel and sporting goods, and Cyber Monday for televisions. “If you’re looking to make that upgrade to a new TV, then Cyber Monday is gonna be your day for that. But if you’re waiting for Cyber Monday, you may not get the exact brand and model that you’re looking for,” Matisoff said. READ MORE: Miami PD Investigating After Man Found ShotThat’s because supply chain issues are creating shortages. According to Adobe,...
    (CNN) — This Black Friday could very likely be the start of the final holiday shopping season for Sears and Kmart, two brands that once proudly dominated the U.S. retail landscape. The two chains are only a shell of what they were when the holding company that owns both emerged from bankruptcy less than three years ago. READ MORE: Supply Chain Issues Causing Kitchen And Laundry Appliance ShortagesAt the time, the holding company — given the overly optimistic name Transformco — still had 223 Sears and 202 Kmart stores nationwide. That was already down 87% from the 3,500 stores between the two brands when they merged together in 2005 to form Sears Holdings. But the percentage drop in stores since the company emerged from bankruptcy in February of 2019 has been even steeper. Today there are only 21 full-line Sears stores left in the mainland United States, and two more in Puerto Rico, according to the store locator on the Sears website, once recent closings are eliminated. Another seven stores listed on the site are limited to selling appliances, and...
    CHERRY HILL, N.J. (CBS) — Businesses are getting ready to open their doors for Black Friday across the tri-state area. Eyewitness News is at Cherry Hill Mall Friday morning as employees showed up ahead of the 6 a.m. opening. The store itself is empty now, but it won’t be like that for much longer. READ MORE: Philadelphia Weather: Chilly, Windy Black Friday Sets Up For Winter-Like WeekendLisa Wolstromer, the senior marketing manager for the mall, told CBS3 it will be one of the busiest shopping days of the year. “It is Black Friday, our retailers have a lot of great deals and promotions, and consumers are ready to come back to in-person shopping,” she told CBS3’s Howard Monroe. “Also, shopping early this year because of supply chain issues, so we expect today to be a very busy day.” Wolstromer said things have definitely changed when it comes to post-Thanksgiving shopping. READ MORE: 'I Think Something Horrible Happened To Mark': 11-Year-Old Mark Heimbaugh's Disappeared From Cape May County 30 Years Ago“Retailers were closed yesterday, and the past couple of years...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- A warning for shoppers going online for the Black Friday weekend and Cyber Monday.As you're scoring those deals from your couch, be vigilant of scammers looking to take advantage of you, because you could buy an online gift and never get it!One cyber intelligence group, Check Point Research, said it has discovered an average of about 5,300 malicious websites per week and its recently seen 178% record breaking increase in malicious shopping sites.To make sure you don't fall victim to a holiday scam, you should: Only shop from websites you know and trust: When shopping online, the best way to avoid being scammed is to buy directly from a reputable seller. Look closely at the url: Scammers will try to copy-cat well know companies with similar domains. Always check the url for spelling errors or discrepancies. Check for company contact information: A website that is malicious may not provide a phone number or email. Use credit, not debit cards. If you end up having to dispute an unwanted charge it's much easier to do so...
    NEW YORK -- Retailers are expected to usher in the unofficial start to the holiday shopping season Friday with bigger crowds than last year in a closer step toward normalcy. But the fallout from the pandemic continues to weigh on businesses and shoppers' minds.Buoyed by solid hiring, healthy pay gains and substantial savings, customers are returning to stores and splurging on all types of items. But the spike has also resulted in limited selection across the board as suppliers and retailers have been caught flat-footed.Shortages of shipping containers and truckers have helped to delay deliveries while inflation continues to creep. The combination of not finding the right item at the right price - in addition to a labor shortage that makes it more difficult for businesses to respond to customer needs - could make for a less festive mood.Shoppers are expected to pay on average of between 5% to 17% more for toys, clothing, appliances, TVs and others purchases on Black Friday this year compared with last year, according to Aurelien Duthoit, senior sector advisor at Allianz Research. TVs will...
    Target is a Black Friday hot spot for holiday shoppers but a change in their recent plans has some customers asking questions about their hours.  When it comes to holiday shopping, Target is one of the biggest destinations for customers, especially when it comes to Black Friday. And while some people have elected to take their holiday rush online, some still prefer to go to the store and get things done. With that said, recent years prior to 2020 had seen many stores open on Thanksgiving Day and allow mad dashes to the hot items on the holiday. That, however, is now a thing of the past, at least for this store. Prior to the holiday, Target announced that they would be closed on Thanksgiving Day in 2021 and every year moving forward. That’s absolutely huge news but it could also affect the plans of any Black Friday shoppers. Specifically, it begs the question of when the store opens on the day after Thanksgiving.Target Black Friday hours: When does Target open?For the most part, Target will open a 7 a.m....