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Retailers Prepare for Surge in Online Shopping

Retailers are assertively preparing their shipping operations to avoid delivery and service issues this year, according to Shop.org’s eHoliday survey, conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics, which found that nearly 80% of retailers surveyed will set their standard shipping deadlines for guaranteed Christmas delivery to expire at least one week before the big day, compared to just over 73% who said so last holiday season. Additionally, roughly 21% will set those deadlines to expire Dec.

NRF Forecasts Modest Sales Gains This Holiday Season

NRF Forecasts Modest Sales Gains This Holiday Season

Sales in November and December are expected to increase 3.9% to $602.1 billion, according to the National Retail Federation. The forecast is over 2012’s actual 3.5% holiday season sales growth and higher than the 10-year average holiday-sales growth of 3.3%.

“Our forecast is a realistic look at where we are right now in this economy—balancing continued uncertainty in Washington and an economy that has been teetering on incremental growth for years,” says NRF president and CEO Matthew Shay.

National Retail Federation Forecasts 3.4% Increase in Retail Sales for 2013

National Retail Federation Forecasts 3.4% Increase in Retail Sales for 2013

General retail-industry sales will increase 3.4%, according to the National Retail Federation’s recently released 2013 economic forecast. The projection follows the recent 3% growth seen in holiday sales, as well as the NRF’s preliminary projection of 4.2% growth seen in 2012.

Online sales are expected to grow between 9% and 12%—possibly just above the 11.1% growth seen in online sales this past November and December—according to Shop.org, NRF’s digital division.

Shop.org: Online Retailers to Ramp Up Free Shipping, Promotions for the Holidays

Shop.org: Online Retailers to Ramp Up Free Shipping, Promotions for the Holidays

Online retailers are intensifying their efforts to attract eager shoppers with free shipping deals and other exclusive online promotions. More than 61% of online retailers started their online holiday-marketing promotions by Halloween, according to Shop.org’s eHoliday survey conducted by BIGinsight. More than 38% will begin marketing their online promotions by mid-November or later.