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WHAT'S NEXT?: Online retailing will be one of the fastest growing channels between 2015 and 2019 as individuals do not have much time for leisure and seek convenience. Entertainment will continue to shift away from traditional broadcast media and print to reality augmented and deeply personalised content. The occupations with the largest new employment growth will be managers, professional and technical jobs, and caring and leisure occupations. Many middle-class professionals will be outsourced to machines within the next few decades leaving workers with more leisure time than they have ever experienced.

  • [New] U.S. shoppers spent slightly less online during Black Friday in 2021, with many venturing back to physical stores despite coronavirus fears, tight supplies, and retailers' efforts to encourage earlier holiday purchases. AOL
  • [New] NRF expects holiday sales during November and December to rise between 8.5% and 10.5%, for a total of between $843.4 billion and $859 billion of sales, which would set a record for year-over-year growth. CNBC
  • [New] October's strong retail sales may point to an early start to the holiday shopping season but the current macro-economic environment may create uncertainty as to how well retailers will fare in 2021. Mortgage News Daily
  • [New] Online shoppers could lose more than $53 million during 2021's holiday season to scams offering bargains and gifts that are hard to find due to merchandise shortages. Security Affairs
  • [New] The FBI warns of cyber criminals targeting online shoppers during the holiday season. Security Affairs
  • [New] The Federal Bureau of Investigation warns of cybercriminals targeting online shoppers during the holiday season. Security Affairs
  • [New] Mintel expects the market value of holidays to Spain to surpass pre-COVID levels in 2025, but volumes are still likely to remain short. Market Research Report
  • [New] With more than 53 million Americans expected to travel for the five-day Thanksgiving holiday, planning ahead is the best strategy for avoiding unnecessary delays and gridlock. Boston 25 News
  • [New] As cases begin surging once more in the US, millions of people are expected to travel for the Thanksgiving holiday, and health workers and hospital systems are now preparing for an influx of Covid patients after having little time to recover from the summer surge. The Guardian
  • [New] While 811 million people in the world will go to bed hungry every night between now and New Year's, American holiday spending is expected to reach a record high of $859 billion dollars. World Food Program USA
  • [New] The Federal Bureau of Investigation warned today that online shoppers risk losing more than $53 million during 2021's holiday season to scams promising bargains and hard-to-find gifts. BleepingComputer
  • [New] E-Commerce & Retail According to Adobe's 2021 Digital Economy Index, global online spending is expected to increase by 11% in 2021 to $910 billion during the holiday season. McAfee
  • [New] The data: Twenty percent of US consumers plan to shop more during the 2021 holiday season than they did last year. Insider
  • [New] The holiday shopping season is expected to reach nearly an estimated $1.3 trillion in total consumer spending for November and December, a 7% increase versus last year. PYMNTS.com
  • [New] Korean students will be able to resume or commence their studies if they hold a valid Australian visa such as a student visa, working holiday visa or ETA. Austrade
  • [New] Companies and other sports groups are reluctant to confront Beijing for fear of losing access to the Chinese market or other retaliation. The Independent
  • [New] Retail ad spend for the 2021 holiday season is expected to be similar to last year. Kantar
  • The family-owned shoe retailer will close all 26 of its retail stores in the UK so its 300 employees can spend more time with their families and loved ones during the Christmas holiday season. CBRE
  • 2021's holiday efforts has the potential to be especially lucrative for both Walmart and Yahoo, as Deloitte estimates holiday sales could be up 9% from last year. The Drum
  • CTA recently released a holiday shopping trends report showing spending on tech products and services during the 2021 holiday season is projected to reach $142.5 billion - a 0.5% increase from 2020. CTA
  • Other companies and sports groups are reluctant to confront Beijing for fear of losing access to the Chinese market or other retaliation. The Times Of India

Last updated: 01 December 2021


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