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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.

Four Beauty Trends With Global Impact by 2025

Looking ahead to 2025, Mintel Beauty and Personal Care has announced four key trends set to impact global beauty markets over the next decade, including implications for both consumers and brands.

In a future where the line between human and technological device blurs, water becomes a protected resource, energy concerns ring true and natural ingredients take centre stage, beauty brands must innovate to stay relevant.

NPD Highlights: Beauty Holiday 2015 Outlook

The U.S. prestige beauty industry has entered a phase of renewed growth, which has put the industry in a healthy position heading into the 2015 holiday season. Overall dollar sales are up 8% (January through September) compared to this time in 2014 (according to the NPD Group's "U.S. Prestige Beauty Total Measured Market"); and more consumers plan on purchasing beauty products this holiday season compared to last year (according to NPD Group's "Holiday Purchase Intentions Survey 2015").

Online Retail Mistakes Could Cost Retailers In-Store Visits This Shopping Season

Customer service mistakes made with Cyber Monday online shoppers could lead to significant in-store sales losses in the 2015 holiday gift-buying season, according to the latest LoyaltyOne consumer research.

Nearly half (47%) of Cyber Monday shoppers indicated they’ll be reluctant to make an in-store holiday season purchase from a retailer with whom they have an unhappy online experience on the Monday after Thanksgiving, per LoyaltyOne’s October 2015 nationwide survey of 1,019 American consumers.

Consumers Are Holiday Shopping Before Thanksgiving

This year, more consumers are expected to begin their holiday shopping earlier and a higher percentage of shopping will take place online, according to global information company The NPD Group.

Half of all holiday shoppers plan to start their shopping before Thanksgiving weekend, a 6% increase over 2014, according to NPD’s 2015 Holiday Purchase Intentions Survey. And most plan to continue their holiday shopping into December.