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Retail Imports Increase Between School, Holiday Shopping Seasons

Cargo volume for 2016 is expected to see a 1.6% increase over last year, as consumers wrap up back-to-school shopping and retailers begin to stock shelves for the holiday season, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released by the retail trade association National Retail Federation and maritime research and informational services firm Hackett Associates.

Halloween Spending Expected to Reach $6.9 Billion

As retailers gear up for the holiday-season influx of shoppers, Halloween ought to be high on their list. More than 157 million Americans are expected to celebrate Halloween this year, spending an average of $74.34 per person, with total spending reaching $6.9 billion this year, according to the National Retail Federation’s Halloween Consumer Spending Survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics.

One-Quarter of Online Retailers Say Facebook Among Top New Customer Acquisition Marketing Tactics

While paid search and email marketing both still top retailers’ list of effective customer acquisition channels, social media has moved up the ranks to become an important tool for engaging with and attracting new customers. According to the "State of Retailing Online 2015"—which includes personal care among its industries surveyed and was conducted by Shop.org, Forrester Research and Bizrate Insights—25% of retailers surveyed cite Facebook as a top acquisition platform.

NRF: Overtime Proposal Limits Career Opportunities

The National Retail Federation recently told Congress that the Labor Department’s proposal to expand overtime would limit career opportunities for workers, and released updated research showing that the plan could cost retailers hundreds of millions of dollars in administrative costs, even if most workers see no increase in take-home pay.

Americans Ready for Independence Day

More than 156 million consumers—nearly two thirds of those celebrating, are planning to take part in the patriotic holiday by attending a cookout, picnic or barbecue, spending an average of $71.23 per household, up from $68.16 last year, according to the National Retail Federation’s 2015 Independence Day Survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics.

Father’s Day Spending to Reach $12.7 Billion

Father’s Day may not be the most lucrative consumer holiday of the year for retailers, but spending for dad is expected to reach $12.7 billion for golf lessons, home improvement tools, coffee mugs and more. And, according to the National Retail Federation’s 2015 Father’s Day Spending Survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics, the average person will spend $115.57 on gifts, nearly even with last year’s $113.80. The survey found 75% of Americans said they plan to celebrate Father’s Day.