Thanksgiving Weekend to See More Holiday Shoppers than Last Year- And Consumers Already Have a Head Start

November 29, 2021

Nearly 2 million more people than last year are expected to shop from Thanksgiving Day through Cyber Monday this year even as consumers have continued the trend of starting their holiday shopping earlier in the year, according to the annual survey released by the National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analytics. Fully two-thirds (66 percent) of holiday shoppers surveyed in early November plan to shop Thanksgiving weekend this year. That amounts to an estimated 158.3 million people, up from 156.6 million last year but still below the 165.3 million in pre-pandemic 2019. | More Information

October Retail Sales Grew as Consumers got an Early Start on Holiday Shopping

November 29, 2021

Retail sales rose in October as many consumers began holiday shopping early to avoid any shortages amid pandemic-driven supply chain disruptions that are dominating businesses and shoppers this holiday season, the National Retail Federation said. The U.S. Census Bureau said overall retail sales in October were up 1.7 percent seasonally adjusted from September and up 16.3 percent year-over-year. That compares with increases of 0.8 percent month-over-month and 14.3 percent year-over-year in September. Despite occasional month-over-month declines, sales have grown year-over-year every month since June 2020, according to Census data. | More Information

Holiday Closure Announcement

November 24, 2021
Worldwide will be closed Thursday November 25 – Friday November 26, normal operations will resume Monday November 29th at 8 am standard Pacific Time. Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Inside Worldwide

November 24, 2021

Worldwide Organizational Announcement
Please join us in congratulating Stacie Rozzini who will be moving to the position of Merchandising & Marketing Assistant. Stacie has managed our front desk/reception area since she started at Worldwide in 2014. Stacie's fantastic customer service skills shine while managing all of Worldwide's incoming calls from members/vendors and in her work at our registration desk at the trade shows. Over the past 2 years, Stacie has taken on additional administrative responsibilities for the trade show and vendor maintenance and that has now evolved to this new position. She will continue to support both Marketing and Merchandising teams in these areas.

Worldwide New Team Member Announcement 
We are excited to share that Kori White has been hired for our Front Desk position.  She has worked several years in a front desk role handling mutli-line phone systems as well as the customer service aspect of supporting this position.  Most recently while working in a car dealership she assisted the finance department in several functions. We hope to expand her role to assisting in the accounting department and her previous experience makes her a great addition to our team.

Retail Imports Near Record Pace Despite Port Congestion as Holiday Season Begins

November 23, 2021

Imports at the nation’s congested container ports are expected to remain at near-record levels for the remainder of the year as retailers rush to move merchandise from docks to shelves in time to meet the expectations of holiday shoppers, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates. | More Information

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