Retailers, Etailers Brace for Invasion of the Black Friday Shoppers


A total of 164 million Americans, or 69 percent of the U.S. population, plan to shop Thanksgiving weekend, according to a new survey by the National Retail Federation. Upwards of 115 million people, or about 70 percent, plan to shop on Black Friday, the report shows, while 78 million plan to shop on Cyber Monday, 71 million on Small Business Saturday, and 32 million on Thanksgiving Day. About 66 percent of consumers said they plan to shop during the weekend to take advantage of special deals and promotions.

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5 Ways Etailers Can Make Online Shoppers Feel Safe


At least 145 million Americans — half the United States population — were impacted by a data breach at Equifax that netted thieves personal information such as names, addresses, birthdates, Social Security Numbers and driver’s license numbers. That pales in comparison to the earlier Yahoo breaches, which affected more than 1 billion accounts. However, those incidents may be just the tip of a very large iceberg, as reports of data breaches just keep on coming. “Consumer confidence is at an all-time low,” said Generali COO Paige Schaffer.

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Generation Customer: Defined by Attitude, Not Age


I hate the idea of chopping our population into generations: the Greatest Generation, the baby boomers, Generation X, Generation Y, millennials and so on. The assumption is that everyone born during an arbitrarily selected time period shares certain traits. It also results in people projecting ideas — often romantic ones — onto huge groups of people. Romantic misconceptions are projected back in time; less-flattering misconceptions are projected forward, toward younger generations.

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Netflix launches in Japan, though it's doing things a little differently there

With a solid Internet infrastructure and a population of 127 million, launching in Japan is a big deal for Netflix.

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Researchers outfit honey bees with RFID 'backpacks' in global health study

Honey bees are critical to pollinating a third of the world’s food supply, but their population is on the decline due to unknown factors that are threatening their health.

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