Nov 23, 2017

11/23/2017: Would you rather deal with Santa traffic or online traffic?

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It is now officially holiday shopping season. According to a recent survey, 91 percent of people who said they'd be shopping this holiday weekend are going to do at least some of it online. However, shopping online doesn't mean you can skip…

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In holiday shopping season, brick and mortar stores have Santa advantage

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Macy’s flagship store in New York’s Herald Square now requires an online reservation for visits with Santa. “Santa’s a popular guy,” goes the explanation. Some 250,000 visitors come to Macy’s “Santaland” each year, according to the company. Santa visits are a big draw…

It is now officially holiday shopping season. According to a recent survey, 91 percent of people who said they’d be shopping this holiday weekend are going to do at least some of it online. However, shopping online doesn’t mean you can skip all the crowds, online traffic is proving to be an issue for popular retail websites. If you are one of those people that will still go to the mall this holiday season, chances are you will see a line of people waiting to take their picture with Santa Claus. Santa visits are a big draw and can translate into big sales for retailers. But if you’re trying to see him at the Macy’s in New York’s Herald Square, you’ll have to make an appointment first.

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