Retailers are assertively preparing their shipping operations to avoid delivery and service issues this year, according to Shop.org’s eHoliday survey, conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics, which found that nearly 80% of retailers surveyed will set their standard shipping deadlines for guaranteed Christmas delivery to expire at least one week before the big day, compared to just over 73% who said so last holiday season. Additionally, roughly 21% will set those deadlines to expire Dec.
The National Retail Federation has announced the formation of the Small Business Retail Council to organize, recruit and engage main street merchants and independent community retailers in grassroots advocacy activities. The council will represent and be responsive to the needs, concerns and interests of local shops, and provide the association’s small business members a forum to discuss the most pressing public policy issues and priorities.
The National Retail Federation has told the U.S. Supreme Court that the debate over debit card swipe fees is “of staggering importance” and has asked the justices to review a ruling that left the Federal Reserve’s cap on the billions of transactions conducted each year at 21 cents rather than reducing it to a lower level.
Total spending for Father's Day this holiday season is expected to reach $12.5 billion, according to the National Retail Federation’s 2014 Father’s Day Spending Survey, conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics. Though slightly down from last year ($119.84), the average person will spend $113.80 on neckties, tools, electronics and other special gifts for dad.