Black Friday tops Cyber Monday as busiest day for shopping

National Retail Federation (NRF) statistics from the Thanksgiving weekend reveal that 186 million people shopped between Thanksgiving Day and Cyber Monday.

That is slightly below last year’s number of 189 million but well above the 166 million that shopped over the same period in 2018.

Shoppers purchasing online-only, increased by almost 45% to 95 million shoppers, while more than 40 million shopped solely in a store, and almost 51 million went across channels in a hybrid of brick-and-mortar and online.

“In my conversations with many CEOs across retail segments, we have consistently seen that consumers have gotten a head start on holiday shopping starting in October,” said Matthew Shay, president and CEO of the NRF.

In October, the NRF launched a consumer program called New Holiday Traditions, to encourage consumers to shop safe and early and prioritize their health and safety. Statistics are showing that 52% of Americans took advantage of those early holiday sales and promotions.

“We wanted to remind them that this is going to be a different kind of holiday season,” Shay said. “So it’s important to get gifts early, avoid crowds and ensure that packages arrive on time.”

Shay said that 15 or 20 years

AmericasMart sets final buying days, educational programming for December

ATLANTA – AmericasMart Atlanta is closing out the year with a series of December buying events and new virtual educational programming to support retailers as they complete their holiday 2020 sourcing and designers as they plan 2021 projects and earn CEUs.

The December program includes a Market Wednesday event on Dec. 2 and three Saturday buying events Dec. 5, 12 and 19. AmericasMart’s showrooms are also open to all registered buyers from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

“AmericasMart is a resource for the design and retail community from January through December,” said Dorothy Belshaw, parent company International Market Centers’ chief customer and marketing officer. “As 2020 comes to an end, we are continuing to support our buyers through much needed sourcing and educational opportunities.”

The Dec. 2 Market Wednesday is the last one of the year for AmericasMart’s more than 350 year-round showrooms. During it, home, gift and apparel showrooms will offer order writing opportunities for in-stock, ready-to-ship product in addition to dated orders with special discounts and buying incentives. Select showrooms will also have samples available for cash and carry sales.

The Building 3 jewelry and accessories collection is open daily, as well as on select