Spring man believes thieves followed him from Galleria to Spring, stealing thousands worth of goods from his vehicle
A ride home from the Galleria Mall on Black Friday ended with thousands of dollars worth of gifts stolen from the back of a family’s S.U.V., according to one of the victims, who asked to remain anonymous.
Walmart saw a big dip in customers shopping at its stores on Black Friday this year, study finds. Instead, they may have been flocking to the retailer's website.
Shoppers just aren't flocking to stores like they used to for Black Friday. And the world's largest retailer experienced that firsthand this year.news.yahoo.com
Retailers adapt to the ever-evolving Black Friday tradition
It’s a specific time of year when retailers cut prices and offer customers special deals on products. Veronica Sanchez, a 32-year-old customer from Mexico, said it was her first time shopping on Black Friday. McAllen resident David Gomez, 66, was also Christmas shopping for his wife and son, but he wasn’t particularly fond of the retailers’ holiday. He also echoed the same sentiments as Sanchez regarding online shopping. The couple said they buy Thursday’s issue of The Monitor to find the best deals for Black Friday.myrgv.com
Retail sales fell 1.1% in November, biggest drop in 7 months
U.S. retail sales fell a seasonally adjusted 1.1% in November, according to the U.S. Commerce Department. The Commerce Department on Wednesday also revised October’s report, saying that retail sales fell 0.1% that month, instead of rising 0.3% as it previously reported. Economists expect retail sales to fall again this month as virus cases spike and states add more restrictions. “It will take a miracle to keep retail sales positive in December," said Chris Rupkey, chief financial economist at global financial group MUFG. The few bright spots were online sales, which rose 0.2%, supermarket sales, up 1.9%, and sales at home improvement stores, which were up 1.1%.
Here are the best Cyber Monday deals, according to KPRC 2 consumer expert Amy Davis
Hopefully you didn’t blow your whole budget on Black Friday, because there are some seriously good deals online today. Then when you use the promo code POWERUP, you’ll get an extra 15% off. When you use the promo code CYBERMON20m you’ll get $10 off when you spend $50. You can stack those savings on top of whatever deals the retailer is giving today. If you sign up for Rakuten with my promo code and use it to buy anything for $40 or more, we will both get $40.
Black Friday sees record online as US shoppers stay home
(AP) – Black Friday online sales hit a new record this year as pandemic-wary Americans filled virtual carts instead of real ones. Consumers spent an estimated $9 billion on U.S. retail websites on Black Friday, according to Adobe Analytics, which tracks online shopping. Field said stores may be rethinking the cost of paying employees and opening on Thanksgiving when they could easily make up for those sales online. Adobe expects Monday to be the largest online sales day in U.S. history, with estimated spending of $10.8 billion to $12.7 billion. One reason for the big numbers is that people are shopping online for things such as groceries and alcohol that they bought in person before the pandemic, Adobe said.
Holiday shoppers looking for deals as Black Friday shopping continues
HOUSTON – Despite COVID-19, many shoppers showed up early to Memorial City Mall for Black Friday deals. It’s almost like a tradition coming to Memorial City Mall every Black Friday,” said Juan Garibay. “We want to avoid lines, avoid people, avoid crowds and stuff like that.”American Girl was a big hit with a line outside the doors when they opened. They had a section outside for shoppers to wait. Families said it wouldn’t be the holidays without Black Friday shopping and this year, with safety in mind.
The Latest: Illinois surpasses 12,000 deaths from COVID-19
(AP Photo/Marta Lavandier)SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Illinois has risen above 12,000 deaths from COVID-19, while also surpassing the 700,000 mark for confirmed coronavirus infections. The Health Department said the situation constituted an “alert,” and said that nationwide, infections had risen by over 8% last week. Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech have asked the FDA to allow emergency use of its COVID-19 vaccine candidate. The state health department reported 5,704 new cases on Friday, putting the state at 3,476 deaths and 295,001 cases since March. ___TORONTO — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he expects more than half of Canadians to receive a COVID-19 vaccine by next September.
Black Friday shopping begins amid COVID-19 pandemic
HOUSTON – On Thanksgiving night, the parking lots were mostly empty at big stores across the Houston area. In past years, some places would have already opened their doors to Black Friday shoppers but this is no ordinary year. “I think that a lot of people will be shopping online more than usual,” said Samah Khan. More than a dozen people were lined up outside of a GameStop outside of Richmond around 10 p.m. Thursday. “All online and make it ten times harder to get anything because everyone’s going to be online and everything’s going to sell out very quickly,” Wineland said.
Virus keeps Black Friday crowds thin, shoppers shift online
Black Friday shoppers wear face masks as the leave Saks Fifth Avenue flagships store empty handed, Friday, Nov. 27, 2020, in New York. Crowds at stores were dramatically diminished as shoppers shifted online. Black Friday is projected to generate $10 billion in online sales, a 39% bump from the year ago period, according to Adobe. And Cyber Monday, the Monday after Thanksgiving, will remain the biggest online shopping day of the year with $12.7 billion in sales, a 35% jump. At a popular shopping area in St. Petersburg, Florida, several storefronts were empty, and the only line was at a plasma donation center.
Gamers camp outside GameStop for new PS5 ahead of Black Friday
HOUSTON – With COVID-19, retailers and customers are pushing more “Black Friday” deals online this year. While GameStop offered an in-store deal that many shoppers said they had to get. GameStop is not the only retailer offering deals on Black Friday. “It’s kind of like on edge like everything is on edge people are on edge,” Perez said. Shopping experts say Black Friday is becoming Cyber November.
These stores will price match Black Friday deals
Houston – Some hot items this holiday season will go fast. To encourage you not to wait, some retailers will match Black Friday sale prices so you don’t have to worry that you’ll miss a great deal. At Target, for example, if you buy any product labeled a “Black Friday deal” either in-store or online, and then the price drops lower on Dec. 24 or anytime before, you can get a refund of the difference. Our friends at the blog Rather Be Shopping say Dick’s Sporting Goods, Lowe’s, Macy’s, JC Penney and Bass Pro Shops all have the same or similar price matching policies. They all vary somewhat, so make sure you read the fine print from the retailers about their policies.
Amazon Cyber Monday: This is what the mega-retailer says will be on sale, from vacuums to gift cards
All rights reserved)HOUSTON – With Black Friday sales underway, Amazon is hoping to curtail crowds with their hard-to-beat deals for Cyber Monday. This year’s Cyber Monday sale will take place Saturday, Nov. 28 through Monday, Nov. 30. Holiday Gift Guides are also available on Amazon to aid customers in finding the perfect gift for their loved ones. Amazon’s line of Kindle devices are also on sale, including the Fire HD 10 Tablet for $79.99. This year, Amazon Prime members can also take advantage Free One-Day delivery with no minimum, and same-day delivery with $35 minimum, Amazon said in a release.
France postpones 'Black Friday' to help locked-down shops
The approach of “Black Friday," originally scheduled for Nov. 27 in France, had brought the dilemma to a head. The director of Amazon France, Frederic Duval, told France Info radio on Friday before the meeting that the e-commerce distributor was ready to sign up to a delay. The delay applies only to Amazon France, he added. “If we can’t open our shops for Christmas it will be very difficult for the sector,” she said. “There are already a lot of flower shops that suffer greatly so, today, we need help and coherence.”
Here are the Black Friday deals you can score today
HOUSTON – Thanks to the pandemic, Black Friday no longer refers to the Friday after Thanksgiving. In fact, this year some retailers started rolling out Black Friday deals on Nov. 4. For the first time ever, Target is offering a price match guarantee on all deals purchased between Nov. 1 and 29. If you buy something during that time and the price goes down anytime through Dec. 24, Target will refund the difference. Check out Rather Be Shopping for more retailers deals and sale dates.
Walmart is changing up how it does Black Friday, Here’s what you need to know.
The discounter, based in Bentonville, Arkansas, will kick off the deals online Nov. 4, with new deals in stores on Nov. 7. The second event will begin online Nov. 11, followed by a similar sales event in stores Nov. 14. It will wrap up its discounts online Nov. 25 with new discounts in stores Nov. 27, the day after Thanksgiving and the traditional Black Friday. This holiday season, many stores are starting their holiday deals in October. Many stores, including Walmart, will not open their doors on Thanksgiving Day this year.
Pandemic pushes start of holiday shopping earlier than ever
(AP Photo/David Zalubowski)NEW YORK – Add last-minute holiday shopping to the list of time-honored traditions being upended by the coronavirus pandemic. Black Friday has long been the unofficial start to the U.S. holiday season, though retailers have been pushing holiday shopping earlier for the last decade or so. The first big holiday push will come from Amazon, which is positioning its mid-October Prime Day as a kickoff to the holiday shopping season. Even with the early start to the season, holiday sales are expected to deliver smaller gains than in recent years. Joel Bines, who runs the retail practice at AlixPartners, thinks the earlier shopping will stick even when the pandemic is over.
Here is the new store that lets you experience Black Friday everyday
HOUSTON – If you like good deals and you love Black Friday shopping, now you can get the experience six days a week. A brand new store called Black Friday Deals has people lining up outside the door every morning. What: Black Friday Deals9840 Fondren (on Fondren near S. Braeswood)This store is a brand new concept where you can get doorbusters every day. No matter what the original value was, everything at Black Friday Deals is the same price. Right now, there are Black Friday Deals stores in Memphis, Tennessee, Birmingham, Alabama and Chicago, Illinois.
Home for the holiday: The Galleria, 2 other malls will be closed for Thanksgiving Day
HOUSTON – The holidays are just around the corner and some may be wondering how that is going to affect major shopping days like Black Friday and Thanksgiving, which over the years has become Black Friday part 1. Malls are usually the busiest, but one property owner has decided to shut the doors of all its malls, including three local properties, for Thanksgiving Day. “In these challenging times, we made the decision that we will not open on Thanksgiving Day, instead allowing our associates to spend the holiday with their loved ones,” said David Simon, chairman, president and CEO of Simon Properties. The Galleria, Houston Premium Outlets and Katy Mills Mall will all be closed for the holiday, but they will be open for Black Friday so people can kick off their holiday shopping. For information on hours for individual locations can be found on the Simon Properties website.
Target joins Walmart in ending Thanksgiving store shopping
NEW YORK Target is joining Walmart in closing its stores on Thanksgiving Day, ending a decadelong tradition of jump-starting Black Friday door buster sales. Now, the virus has turned the holiday shopping model upside down. Historically, deal hunting and holiday shopping can mean crowded events, and this isnt a year for crowds, Minneapolis-based Target said in a corporate blog posted. Despite competition from Thanksgiving shopping, Black Friday ranks as either the top or No. Like Target, other retailers will also likely start holiday sales even earlier to stretch out crowds.
Target to close on Thanksgiving, ending Black Friday kickoff
NEW YORK Target is joining Walmart in closing its stores on Thanksgiving Day, ending a decade-long tradition of jump-starting Black Friday sales. The move, announced Monday, comes as stores are rethinking the Black Friday in-store doorbusters as they try to curb the spread of the coronavirus, which has seen a resurgence in a slew of states. Target opened for the first time on Thanksgiving in 2011, joining other stores in jump-starting Black Friday sales and creating a new tradition of shoppers heading out to the stores after their turkey feast. Go to the Target website to read more.
Walmart breaks Black Friday doorbusters tradition, will close on Thanksgiving due to coronavirus
Black Friday sales might actually begin on Friday this year. Walmart announced it will close its U.S. stores on Thanksgiving Day to offer its employees the day off to spend with their friends and families after stepping up to meet demands amid the coronavirus pandemic. We hope they will enjoy a special Thanksgiving Day at home with their loved ones, President and CEO John Furner said. A spokesperson says this will be the first time in more than 30 years that Walmart stores will be closed for the holiday, Wall Street Journal reports. More information regarding Black Friday store and club hours will be shared at a later date.
Houston Athletes speak out on racial injustice
HOUSTON George Floyd played football at Yates High School in Houston and was part of their 1992 State Championship run. Years later, his death at the hands of now-ex Minneapolis police officers has created ongoing discussions that athletes are participating in. Here are some of the professional athletes in Houston speaking out. Carlos CorreaOn Monday, the Astros shortstop posted this picture on Instagram, which several of his teammates liked and commented on in support. Martin uploaded posted a black square for BlackOut Tuesday, with the caption being the words of Negro, a poem by Langston Hughes.
Coronavirus might mean less Corona beer on Cinco de Mayo
But we’re referring to Corona beer and Cinco de Mayo. Typically, the dominant choice of beer for those celebrating Cinco de Mayo is Corona. But Corona likely will be consumed way less than usual due to the coronavirus pandemic, that is unrelated in name. In February, a report in the Denver Post said Corona was taking a public relations hit due to people fearing they would get coronavirus by drinking Corona. Cinco de Mayo has surpassed St. Patrick’s Day and the Super Bowl for beer consumption on one day, with Corona virtually holding a monopoly on advertising and sales for beer on Cinco de Mayo, according to Loop Insights.
Small business Saturday means a lot for some Houston-area stores
HOUSTON – Clothing boutique owner Ebele Iloanaya isn’t just watching her sales on Black Friday, but the day after it as well. We are a small business, we don’t have the resources and we don’t have the capital to grow the business into a big business,” Iloanaya said. Community support on Small Business Saturday is important for Iloanaya’s 10-year business-in-the-making to keep its doors open. But she says she had the itch to bring her growing business back to her home in Sugar Land and right in the heart of the Sugar Land Town Square. Everything thing in Iloanaya’s boutique is designed by her and the majority of the designs are made in the U.S.