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Prepping for ‘the Shipathon:’ With online holiday shopping amid the pandemic, how busy will shipping get?

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Since the coronavirus pandemic began in March, Americans have largely been staying home — and ordering goods online. The U.S. Post Office and shipping companies like FedEx and UPS have been running at full-tilt ever since.

Now with holiday season approaching, delivery services are preparing for perhaps their busiest seasons ever by expanding services and hiring seasonal employees.

FedEx spokeswoman Jennifer Caccavo Cordeau says the company is preparing for a “The Shipathon,” heading into this unprecedented peak season.

“With the onset of COVID-19, we have been operating at peak levels since March, and there is no sign of slowing down,” Cordeau said.

FedEx has opened over 70,000 positions in key markets. It accelerated its seven-day residential delivery and made more investments in automated facilities.

UPS will hire more than 100,000 seasonal employees. Already, UPS spokesman Matthew O’Connor said, the company has been working at a holiday-peak level.

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Holiday shopping gets early start with October Prime Day

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

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

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

There’s good reason for the early start. Retailers are worried

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1-800-FLOWERS.COM, Inc. Introduces “Season of Sharing” Holiday Gift Collection to Benefit No Kid Hungry

When shopping the specially curated “Season of Sharing” holiday gift collection, customers can find information and resources about hunger relief – including key facts, videos and a meal finder for those seeking free, healthy meals being served by organizations in communities across the country.

“It’s hard to imagine that almost half of America’s families are living with hunger,” said Chris McCann, Chief Executive Officer, 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, Inc. “New estimates show the number of children facing hunger has nearly doubled since before the pandemic – where now 1 in 4 children could be going hungry. No Kid Hungry has a plan to make sure children are fed, both during this health crisis and beyond. That’s why we’ve teamed up with No Kid Hungry this holiday season – to make sure kids get the meals they need.”

The “Season of Sharing” holiday gift collection includes 24 specially curated gifts from across the

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Online Shopping Could Be Up 35% This Holiday Season

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Third-Quarter Earnings Season Kicks Off Today

Wall Street’s consensus estimate for S&P 500 earnings per share is $33.11 in the third quarter. It would be a more than 21% drop from a year earlier.

Third-quarter earnings season kicks off today. As usual, big banks are among the first companies to report.

Citigroup

(C) and

JPMorgan Chase

(JPM) go first today, followed by

Bank of America

(BAC),

Goldman Sachs Group

(GS), and

Wells Fargo

(WFC) tomorrow. Morgan Stanley (MS) reports on Thursday.


Delta Air Lines

(DAL) and

Johnson & Johnson

(JNJ) also release results today. Other nonbank companies reporting this week include

United Airlines Holdings

(UAL) and

UnitedHealth Group

(UNH) tomorrow, and Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) and

Intuitive Surgical

(ISRG) on Thursday. Friday’s highlights will be

Kansas City Southern

(KSU) and

Schlumberger

(SLB).

An Estimated 40% of iPhones Are At Least 3.5 Years
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5 ETFs to Ride the Upcoming Holiday Season Shopping Wave

The coronavirus outbreak continues to be a major concern across the earth with the situation aggravating in the United States, Europe and in India. Unfortunately, the health crisis already claimed more than a million lives globally.

Moving on, even as the U.S. economy is reopening in phases and social-distancing restrictions are being eased, people are trying to minimize human-to-human contact. It’s largely because the pandemic resulted in some changes in the lifestyle and preferences of Americans.

Meanwhile, the holiday season is around the corner, which generally marks the late October-December period. This time of the year is one of the most important phases for a large number of companies from the business point of view. The quarter also witnesses some popular retail events like Halloween, Thanksgiving, Cyber Monday, Black Friday and Christmas, which increase its significance to the retailers.

According to Deloitte’s report on holiday spending forecasts, retail sales may

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Amazon pitches early holiday shopping with fall ‘Prime Day’ event



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(Reuters) – Amazon.com Inc on Tuesday began 48 hours of promotions as part of “Prime Day,” a closely watched marketing event the company had postponed due to operational challenges from the coronavirus pandemic.

The event, typically held in July to boost summer sales, is now a kickoff to what will be an earlier holiday shopping season. The member-only discounts are a key way Amazon markets Prime, a fast-shipping and media-streaming service that incentivizes subscribers to do more shopping on Amazon.



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FILE PHOTO: The logo of Amazon is seen at the new Amazon warehouse during its opening announcement on the outskirts of Mexico City


Rivals Walmart Inc and Target Corp are meanwhile hosting promotions at the same time. Online sales may prove critical for retailers as the pandemic forestalls the typical crowds at stores after

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Walmart is kicking off the holiday shopping season with a huge sale

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It’s the season of sales! On top of Amazon Prime Day, you can also dive into savings at Walmart as the retailer kicks off the holiday shopping season.

During The Big Save Event, shoppers can find deep discounts on everything from tech gadgets to fashion trends and much more.

And because there are plenty of Walmart deals to sift through, we rounded up 20 standout sale items to take advantage of. The deals will be available through Oct. 15, so start adding to your cart now!

For even more great products and perks, check out Walmart+ which includes same-day delivery and free shipping on

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Retailers hope Amazon’s Prime Day on Tuesday kicks off early holiday shopping season

  • As Amazon Prime Day is expected to hit an all-time record, retailers big and small are looking to “participate in that energy” with their own online deals, said Robby Ohmes, a discount retail analyst for Bank of America Securities.
  • Retailers will use technology to try to manage their supply chains and smooth out the customer experience during a tougher-to-predict holiday season.
  • Target, Walmart and Amazon have hired thousands of additional employees and offered their workforce additional hours to prepare for online demand.



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A late Amazon Prime Day means an early start to the holiday shopping season this week. 

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The annual shopping event has become a holiday in its own right, with July 15 — one of last year’s Prime Days — trailing behind only Cyber Monday and Black Friday for online shopping last year, according to retail research firm NPD

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Get a Head Start on Holiday Shopping by Taking Advantage of GameStop’s ‘1Up’ 48-Hour and PRO …

GRAPEVINE, Texas, Oct. 12, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — GameStop is rolling-out deep holiday savings early this year with the launch of its first-ever ‘1Up’ 48-Hour sale. Beginning Oct. 13, at 12AM CST, gamers, collectors and gift-givers will receive (online only) significant discounts on the hottest video game and pop culture collectibles merchandise on www.gamestop.com and the newly redesigned and recently launched GameStop mobile app, which offers more personalized and localized experiences, enhanced product find-ability, daily deals, digital wall capabilities, a gaming news hub and much more.

GameStop is not stopping there, as the holiday savings continue with the popular PRO Days event, which begins Oct 15 – 16 for PowerUp Rewards Pro members. Pro members can save more than $1,000 in exclusive deals on video game hardware, software, accessories, and pop culture merchandise, like statues, board games, and other collectible items. GameStop is extending the PRO Days sale to Oct.

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Give the Hardworking Man or Woman in Your Life the Perfect Gift Using Carhartt’s Annual Holiday Gift Guide

DEARBORN, Mich., Oct. 12, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — With the holiday season closely approaching, Carhartt, America’s premium workwear brand since 1889, has once again launched its annual Holiday Gift Guide for all of the hardworking people on your shopping list. With gear to cover you from head to toe, Carhartt has something for everyone.

The Carhartt Washed Duck Insulated Active Jac is an updated version of the company’s iconic J130 Active Jac. Every detail, from the hood drawcords with cord locks to the updated zipper design for smoother use and durability, this jacket was designed for the hardworking people who need it day-in and day-out. Made with heavyweight cotton duck lined with 3M™ Thinsulate, it’ll offer exceptional warmth all winter long!

The Midweight Hooded Logo Sweatshirt is the perfect midweight hoodie for everyday wear. With Carhartt durability, triple-stitched seams, and a front handwarmer pocket, this cotton blend sweatshirt is the perfect

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