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‘the unofficial start’ of the holiday season

The timing of Amazon (AMZN) Prime Day this year marks “the unofficial official start to holiday shopping — which is pretty smart,” says Jessica Teich, Good Housekeeping’s products and reviews editor.

”This is definitely going to be the longest holiday shopping season we have seen,” Teich told Yahoo Finance’s The First Trade.

The sales event for Amazon shoppers typically happens in July. However due to the coronavirus pandemic, it was pushed out to October 13 and 14 — ^ weeks ahead of Black Friday.

“Is Prime Day the new Black Friday? One thing is for sure, that Prime Day is absolutely changing the way that we’re shopping,” she added.

Shopping in October rather than up against the holidays avoids massive clog-ups surrounding the shipping windows towards the end of year.

Other retailers like Walmart (WMT), Target (TGT), Best Buy (BBY) and Overstock (OSTK) are holding their own special deals this

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Amazon Prime Day 2020 kicking off early holiday shopping season amid coronavirus pandemic – Business – Austin American-Statesman

For years, Amazon Prime Day’s nickname was “Black Friday in July.”

Now, Amazon is helping to kick off the holiday shopping season in earnest after delaying its annual sale from July until October amid the coronavirus pandemic.

As they do when Prime Day is held in July, other retailers including Target, Walmart and Best Buy are holding big sales of their own to compete with Amazon’s members-only shopping event.

But after Prime Day and the competing sales end, be prepared for round after round of early sales through Thanksgiving and beyond.

Amazon Prime Day 2020 is here: These are the best deals you won’t want to miss

With consumers encountering a very different experience during the coming holiday shopping season with restrictions on how many can be in a store at a time and concerns about online orders not arriving on time, experts say it’s critical for retailers to start

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How you can get an early start on holiday shopping with Prime Day

NEW YORK — Halloween is still weeks away, but retailers are hoping you’ll start your holiday shopping now.

The big push is coming from Amazon, which is holding its annual Prime Day sales event Tuesday and Wednesday, kickstarting the holiday shopping season. It’s the first time Prime Day has been held in the fall, after the pandemic forced it to postpone from July.

Walmart, Best Buy and Target are also offering online deals over the same two days, hoping to lure deal seekers.

“Beat the holiday hustle,” Amazon’s site said on Tuesday. “Holiday savings start now,” a message on Target.com said.

There’s good reason for the early start. Retailers are worried that a rush of online orders later could lead to shipping delays in November and December. And stores want to avoid big crowds inside their stores during the pandemic. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said shopping

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3 Funds to Tap the Holiday Season Shopping Rush

The coronavirus pandemic has made changes in the lifestyle and preferences of people. The U.S. economy is reopening in phases and social-distancing restrictions are being eased gradually. People are trying to do their daily work but with minimum human-to-human contact.

On the other hand, the holiday season is around the corner, and with events like Halloween, Thanksgiving, Cyber Monday, Black Friday and Christmas lined up during the late October-December period, retailers hold high hope to make business and recover from the coronavirus slump.

Per Deloitte’s annual holiday retail forecast, holiday retail sales are expected to increase between 1% and 1.5%, leading to sales between $1,147 billion and $1,152 billion during the November-January timeframe. The pandemic-led new normal trend has already boosted e-commerce this year, as matters of safety remains a prime concern, and will continue to boom as shoppers choose this medium for holiday shopping.

Deloitte forecasts that e-commerce sales

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Doing your holiday shopping early this year? Check out these Prime Day deals

Our editors independently selected these items because we think you will enjoy them and might like them at these prices. If you purchase something through our links, we may earn a commission. Pricing and availability are accurate as of publish time. Learn more about Shop TODAY.

Prime Day was created by Amazon which has an affiliate relationship with TODAY. Whenever you buy an Amazon product through our site, Amazon pays TODAY a small commission on that sale.

The official Amazon 2020 gift guides can help you pick out the perfect gift for friends, family and other loved ones— and on Amazon Prime Day, you can save big on some listed items!

We rounded up the best deals from the gift guides to help you get your holiday shopping done early. While you’re at it, don’t forget to check out all of the other Prime Day deals we’ve rounded up that

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Prime Day 2020 holiday gift guide: Electronics, toys and fashion

With the holiday season quickly approaching you’ll want to start your shopping soon. We’ve rounded up some great gifts from Prime Day sales for every person in your life.

Apple Airpods with Charging Case (Wired)

Price: $114.99 (reg. $159)

Instant Pot Duo Nova Pressure Cooker 7 in 1, 10 Qt

Price: $99.99 (reg. $149.99)

SAMSUNG Q60T Series 50-inch Class QLED Smart TV | 4K, UHD Dual LED Quantum HDR | Alexa Built-in

Price: $497.99 (reg. $649.99)

SAMSUNG 75-inch Class QLED Q60T Series – 4K UHD Dual LED Quantum HDR Smart TV with Alexa Built-in

Price: $1,197.99 (reg. $1699.99)

Kindle Essentials Bundle

Price: $89.97 (reg. $119.97)

Anne Klein Women’s Swarovski Crystal Accented Watch and Bangle Set

Price: $46.99 (reg. $96.99)

Ray-Ban Classic Mirrored Pilot Sunglasses

Price: $169 (reg. $179)

PMD Clean – Smart Facial Cleansing Device with Silicone Brush & Anti-Aging Massager

Price: $69.30 (reg. $99)

Waterpik WP-660 Water Flosser Electric

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Holiday Shopping Is Going to Be Weird This Year. Prime Day Can Help You Get an Early Start.

Holiday shopping, as with everything else this year, will not be normal. It may feel difficult to justify lavish spending when the unemployment rate remains over 7 percent, and many people won’t be able to travel to see their families because of the ongoing pandemic. However, if you are planning on doing presents in spite of 2020, it’s a good idea to get started going early. Retail industry analysts are guessing that online sales will grow up to 35 percent at the holidays compared to last year. Since the uptick in online orders has already taxed the mail system, we can assume that things may slow down even further with the increased demand. And there’s also the chance that more online shopping will cause popular items to go out of stock sooner than you’d expect.



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So if you’re ready

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Amazon Prime Day: Holiday shopping gets early start; Walmart, Best Buy, Target join in

NEW YORK (AP) — Halloween is still weeks away, but retailers are hoping you’ll start your holiday shopping now.

The big push is coming from Amazon, which is holding its annual Prime Day sales event Tuesday and Wednesday, kickstarting the holiday shopping season. It’s the first time Prime Day has been held in the fall, after the pandemic forced it to postpone from July.

Walmart, Best Buy and Target are also offering online deals over the same two days, hoping to lure deal seekers.

“Beat the holiday hustle,” Amazon’s site said on Tuesday. “Holiday savings start now,” a message on Target.com said.

There’s good reason for the early start. Retailers are worried that a rush of online orders later could lead to shipping delays in November and December. And stores want to avoid big crowds inside their stores during the pandemic. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said 

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Kohl’s (KSS) Unveils Slew of Plans to Enrich Holiday Shopping

With the holiday season approaching, retailers are gearing up to make the most of the season. In this regard, Kohl’s Corporation KSS unveiled several plans to enrich customer’s shopping experience by offering valuable holiday gifts on its online platform as well as in stores.

Notably, Kohl’s started offering holiday deals with WOW Deals since last week. Further, the company plans to keep floating various deals and savings through December that includes a new Black Friday Week shopping experience to entice consumers.

Markedly, Kohl’s boasts an assortment of holiday gifts with leading national brands like Nike NKE, Under Armour UAA, Levi’s and adidas among others. Also, it offers an impressive collection from proprietary brands that include Apt. 9, Sonoma Goods for Life and LC Lauren Conrad. Apart from these, the company has a number of new products under brands like Lands’ End, TOMS and Lauren Conrad Beauty. We note that it

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Amazon Prime Day 2020 is the ‘unofficial, official start to holiday shopping’ for all retailers like Target, Walmart [Video]

Jessica Teich, Good Housekeeping’s Products and Reviews Editor, joins Yahoo Finance’s The First Trade with Alexis Christoforous and Brian Sozzi to discuss the bests deals on Amazon Prime Day 2020, mistakes to avoid while shopping and what we should look out for from other retailers like Target and Walmart.

Video Transcript

BRIAN SOZZI: I think we can all agree the pandemic will make this a very weird holiday shopping season. From earlier deals to compressed shipping windows, consumers would be wise to shop now instead of December 24. But if you do get all your shopping done on Prime Day, does that mean Black Friday is no longer a thing?

Jessica Teich, she’s “Good Housekeeping’s” products and Reviews Editor and here with– is here with us now. Jessica, good to see you this morning. The deals are out there. Prime Day, Target, and Walmart all over the websites this morning.

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