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Apparel and Toy Retailer Traffic Down During Black Friday Week

Image from: Maksim Shmeljov / Shutterstock The holiday retail buzz has been extremely positive over the last week after an extremely successful Black Friday and Cyber Monday.  As reported yesterday by Compete, share of traffic to retailers such as Macys and Amazon was up YOY on Black Friday. Traffic to mass merchants, department stores and even electronics retailers were all up last week when compared to the same week in

Black Friday: How to Shop Less Belligerently

Image from: Poznyakov/Shutterstock For many, Black Friday has blossomed into a beloved tradition of engaging in fisticuffs with a stranger over the last pink Leapfrog tablet and is a day where the sight of a police officer in riot gear outside of the mall conjures up a warm fuzzy feeling. Apparently this tradition isn’t for everyone, as implied by the estimated 24% Y/Y growth in online shopping on Black Friday

Compete Holiday Insights™ 2011

With Halloween behind us, retailers are now full swing into the Holiday shopping season.  And consumers aren’t too far behind.  By the end of October, a little more than half of consumers surveyed said that they have begun their Holiday shopping.  In fact, 1 out of 10 consumers have completed at least half of their expected Holiday shopping. Toys and games, electronics, and gift cards were popular gift items to

Research Before Online Purchase

The Compete Online Shopper Intelligence study provides powerful insight into the complete online shopping experience. For more consumers insights, please contact Debra Arbesman at darbesman@compete.com for more information. There are so many tasks that have become immeasurably easier thanks to the Internet that it is hard to imagine how we ever survived without it. Shopping is a great example. Before the Internet, researching products meant going to the library to

Online Soap Purchasing Deserves a 2nd Look

If you’re like most people, the thought of ever purchasing everyday household essentials (such as soap, razors and diapers) online probably seems a bit silly and misguided.  How can it possibly make economic sense to pay to ship these heavy, bulky products without blowing your budget?

Walmart and Amazon.com Battle for Online Supremacy

The 2009 holiday shopping season is shaping up to be the battle of retail’s two titans:  Amazon.com, the largest online retailer vs. Walmart, the world’s largest brick and mortar retailer.   For years, at least online, this has hardly been a contest, with Amazon leaving all rivals in its ever growing wake.  This year, however, Walmart has taken significant steps to compete head on with Amazon.

2009 Holiday Shoppers take to The Web

Since the summer, analysts have been predicting record low holiday spending. In response, retailers have been promoting special sales since before Halloween. JC Penny, Target, and Overstock are among several retailers to offer daily deals to entice shoppers each day. Sears and Toys "R" Us released their Black Friday ads in October in order to whet consumers’ appetites early. A quick look at search traffic reveals extremely fierce competition for