Columbia small businesses count on holiday sales amid COVID-19 | Business

COLUMBIA — Shuttered for weeks by public health mandates earlier this year and still struggling with reduced sales, locally owned retailers say this holiday shopping season is critical to small businesses’ ability make it through to the new year.

“My lease is up at the end of the year. If things don’t improve dramatically — if I don’t have a good Christmas season — I probably won’t be here after January,” said Lainie Lewis, owner

Read More

The Bloomingdale’s Battle for Holiday Sales

Retailers like to say they’re thinking “outside the box.” But at Bloomingdale’s this holiday, it’s moved past sound bite and into a virtual realty.

Kicking off the gift-shopping season, Bloomingdale’s went online Monday with its annual holiday window unveiling with performances by singer Andra Day and American Ballet Theatre dancers with 3-D and morphing into avatar special effects by Sensorium.

More from WWD

Bloomingdale’s “on-screen” series of virtual events is running through the holiday season

Read More

Make your home cleaner for less with Dyson’s fall sales

(CNN) —  

If you happen to have been spending a lot of time indoors at home lately — either because of the colder weather or, um, you know what — then you’ve probably noticed that your home isn’t quite as spick-and-span as you thought when you were spending most of the day at work, school or out and about. Your allergies are flaring up, and the dust bunnies seem to be propagating like, well, bunnies.

Read More

DeliverEnd has bold vision to make peer-to-peer online sales safer

Nick Turner’s app allows people using online marketplaces to buy and sell items without exchanging personal information. (IBJ photo/Eric Learned)

Nick Turner moves fast and thinks big. And always has.

The all-state Indiana high school football player and track star for Southport High School (and later a two-sport athlete at Indiana University) continues that mindset with the company, DeliverEnd, he founded in 2017.

DeliverEnd developed and markets an app designed to improve the safety, security

Read More

OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Trump races clock on remaining environmental rollbacks | New Interior order undermines conservation bill Trump campaigned on, critics say | Trump administration to further advance lease sales at Arctic refuge: report

TGIF! Welcome to Overnight Energy, The Hill’s roundup of the latest energy and environment news. Please send tips and comments to Rebecca Beitsch at [email protected] Follow her on Twitter: @rebeccabeitsch. Reach Rachel Frazin at [email protected] or follow her on Twitter: @RachelFrazin.

CLICK HERE to subscribe to our newsletter.

TICK TOCK ON THE CLOCK: The Trump administration is scrambling to wrap up a slew of environmental rollbacks before President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden has spoken with

Read More

Insider Energy: Misleading sales at a top solar firm, Biden’s 4 picks

Welcome to Insider Energy, a weekly energy newsletter brought to you by Business Insider. 

Here’s what you need to know:

Hello, and happy Friday! 

I guess a few things happened in the last week.

  • Major news networks projected Joe Biden will be the next president. 
  • Pfizer revealed successful results from its coronavirus vaccine trial, sending oil and energy stocks surging (Peloton and other stay-at-home stocks tumbled …). 
  • US coronavirus cases shattered daily records (Iowa, my
Read More

Singles Day: Alibaba sales blitz set for record haul as Chinese shake off Covid-19

China’s annual Singles Day online shopping bonanza regularly hauls in tens of billions of dollars for Alibaba and other e-commerce and retail companies in China. This year, it’s taking on new meaning as a showcase for the country’s success in battling the Covid-19 pandemic.

The event already appears to be on pace to break records again: Alibaba said early Wednesday morning that the annual sales frenzy has so far pulled in 372.3 billion yuan ($56.3

Read More

Nissan plots digital course for car sales in a post-pandemic world

BEIJING (Reuters) – As COVID-19 threw a wrench into the cogs of car retailing, a senior Nissan board member challenged the chief operating officer to explain what the automaker was doing to adapt to a new era where customers may be reluctant to roam showrooms.

FILE PHOTO: Nissan’s electric vehicle (EV) Leaf is displayed at the Nissan’s booth at the Beijing International Automotive Exhibition, or Auto China show, in Beijing, China September 27, 2020. REUTERS/Tingshu

Read More

15 home security camera sales to take advantage of ahead of Black Friday

15 home security camera sales to take advantage of ahead of Black Friday
15 home security camera sales to take advantage of ahead of Black Friday

Even if your WFH days are over, you’re likely still ordering everything online. Food? Order delivery. Groceries? Order delivery. Heck, we even order our booze online now. To make sure none of your packages go missing, it’s about time you invest in a home security system. 

If that sounds expensive, know that it’s actually a lot more affordable than you think. Ahead

Read More

Retailers Bring Secondhand Sales to Their Own Commerce Channels

In a municipal recycling center in the Swedish city of Eskilstuna, the largest franchisee of the IKEA brand is preparing to open its smallest-ever store. The 800-square-foot outlet, slated to open Nov. 2, will be run by just three staff members, who, alongside performing usual store floor duties like ringing up sales, will also be trained in the art of store design.

That is because most of the store’s IKEA stock will be secondhand and, … Read More

Traders pin hope on festive season sales, focus on cars, home appliances, low-value gold

a group of people walking down the street

© Provided by The Print

New Delhi: After a dismal year characterised by plunging sales, companies and traders are pinning their hopes on the festive season for a revival in demand.

Firms have ramped up production levels, traders and dealers are increasing inventory and online platforms are announcing long festive season sales in anticipation of higher consumer spend.

However, from shift in purchase patterns to missing Chinese goods, this festival season will be unlike the

Read More

India’s e-commerce battle: Flipkart and Amazon compete for record festive sales

But this year is particularly important as the world reels from economic fallout caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Millions of Indian shoppers are still wary of venturing into physical stores, and Meena expects online sales to grow more than 34% to $6.5 billion this year.

“This is the time when consumers are actually in spending mode,” he said, adding that the roughly one-month sales period is expected to account for 18% of India’s total online … Read More

Retail sales rose in September as people kept shopping

US retail sales rose 1.9% in September, the Commerce Department reported Friday. That’s well above the 0.7% rise predicted by economists surveyed by Refinitiv. In August, retail sales grew 0.6%.

Retail sales had slumped to a seven-year low in April as coronavirus prompted stores across the country to shut their doors, though sales bounced back to pre-pandemic levels in July.

Economists and retail analysts say consumers have shifted their spending — away from travel and … Read More

Best Buy, Walmart and more places running early sales

Black Friday 2020: Best Buy, Walmart and more places running early sales (Photo: Coach / Walmart / Reviewed)

— Recommendations are independently chosen by Reviewed’s editors. Purchases you make through our links may earn us a commission. 

Move aside, Amazon Prime Day 2020! While the mega-retailer’s two-day long savings bonanza ends tonight, Wednesday, October 14, it’s not the only game in town. If you’re steering clear of the virtual shopping event this year, there

Read More

Best Buy, Walmart and more stores running competing sales

Amazon Prime Day 2020: Amazon isn't the only retailer with incredible sales this week—check out on-going discounts at stores like Best Buy, Bed Bath & Beyond, Wayfair and more.
Amazon Prime Day 2020: Amazon isn’t the only retailer with incredible sales this week—check out on-going discounts at stores like Best Buy, Bed Bath & Beyond, Wayfair and more.

— Recommendations are independently chosen by Reviewed’s editors. Purchases you make through our links may earn us a commission.

It’s that time of year, folks: Amazon Prime Day 2020, the mega-retailer’s two-day long savings bonanza from Tuesday, October 13 to Wednesday, October 14. While you’ll

Read More

Amish cheesemaker preserves tradition with online sales

Read More

Ikea’s online sales surged as people turned homes into offices and schools

The company said in a statement on Tuesday that online sales surged 45% over the 12 months to August, driven by 4 billion visits to its website. Outdoor furniture was the retailer’s fastest-growing category, with sales of office furniture also performing strongly, a spokesperson told CNN Business.

The company began selling online in three new markets, including China. Sales slipped 4% overall to €39.6 billion ($46.7 billion), with many of its stores forced to shut
Read More

Bed Bath & Beyond launch flash sales, tips, deals for the holidays


With the holidays just around the corner, you’re probably shopping a lot on Amazon. Don’t make these common mistakes that’ll wind up costing you more money!

Forget Black Friday. Bed, Bath &  Beyond says the holiday deals start now. 

For shoppers, whose lives have largely revolved around their homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, the retailer intends to offer tips, discounts, and special loyalty perks to woo shoppers.

“With home being the epicenter of

Read More

Social media influencers drive retail sales in the pandemic

Influencers are shaping the way people shop during the pandemic, as more people spend time on their phones and online.

In a year marked by working from home and staying inside, the influencer sphere has adapted to meet followers where they are. Influencers, or content creators who have built a reputation and following for their knowledge or expertise on a

Read More

Italy’s ‘Black Roosters’ fight back as virus hit wine sales

Two days before the coronavirus pandemic shut down Italy for two months, shattering wine exports and sales, the owner of one of its most historic vineyards headed back into the country a worried man.

Six months later Francesco Ricasoli and his wine-making team are leading the charge by Italy’s “Black Roosters” — the trademark for Chianti Classico — to put the country’s most famous label back on restaurant tables.

“These are probably some of the

Read More