'Super Saturday', the last Saturday before Christmas, is only a couple of sleeps away and retailers compete for customers by cutting prices. Distances shrink in the e-commerce world, where Alibaba assembles products from more and more parts of the world on its platform. In the US, e-commerce has not changed the retail landscape as much as warehouse clubs have - at least in the past years. As usual, what the future brings remains to be seen. Enjoy the read.
Bonmarché tumbles The UK women's clothing retailer has to bear a double blow with CEO Beth Butterwick announcing her departure and the company posting a profit warning.
Later shipping deadlines US retailers' shipping guarantees have moved to one day later than last year. While the most common cut-off date in 2014 was 20 December, this year 21 December is the prevalent deadline for standard or free shipping by Christmas Day.