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EDITOR'S LETTER

Tis' the
Season!

There's a chill in the air as the holiday
shopping season rapidly approaches. Personally, though I have never felt I needed
a holiday to show my love and appreciation to those who are near and dear to my
heart, I do enjoy the holiday season for
all the get-togethers and the food it has
to offer.
As holiday decorations are being put
up, retailers are preparing for the influx of
shoppers hoping to make as much money
as possible to end the year on a positive
note. This shouldn't be hard to achieve as
retailers will see more green this holiday
season, according to Deloitte's 32nd annual holiday survey of consumer spending
intentions and trends.
The survey found consumers expect to
spend the majority (51 percent) of their
budgets online, exceeding in-store spending expectations for the first time ever.
A finding from the survey of more
than 5,000 U.S. consumers are that
consumers have a cheery financial outlook
this year, with 81 percent of respondents
saying their household financial situation
is the same or better than last year - up
from 63 percent in 2012.
The report also found that total holiday
spending - including gifts, gift cards
and non-gift spending - is expected
to average $1,226. In line with last
year, $430 of that budget will go toward
gifts, and roughly 40 percent of the total
budget will go toward experiences such
as holiday entertaining and socializing
outside of home.
Gift cards and clothing tie for the top
gift consumers intend to purchase, with
nearly 49 percent of respondents planning
to buy these items. Other consumers say
they will steer away from goods altogether, with 27 percent saying they plan to
gift "experiences" such as concert tickets,
vacations and dining out.
Additionally, 22 percent of respondents
using smartphones for holiday shopping
think they will pay for purchases in-store
with a mobile wallet app. However, nearly
double that number, 40 percent, anticipate
using a retailer's app on their smartphone;

EDITORIAL -------------------------------------------------------------------EDITORIAL DIRECTOR
John Krukowski
jkrukowski@khmginc.com
(312) 676-1125
EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
bianca.herron@retail-merchandiser.com

EDITORS
Staci Davidson, Alan Dorich, Jim Harris, Janice Hoppe-Spiers, Tim
O'Connor, Kat Zeman

Gift cards and clothing tie for the top gift
consumers intend to
purchase.

and 36 percent plan to use a mobile payment app during the holiday season.
No matter how you plan to conduct
your holiday shopping this season, we
have plenty of gift options in this issue
of Retail Merchandiser. For instance, our
cover company Monoprice (pg. 18) offers
more than 7,000 high-quality, affordable
electronics and accessories under the
Monoprice brand and more than 15,000
products across its website.
Licensed sports products and memorabilia are always in high demand, no matter the season or sport. Fans want to show
their support for their favorite team or
athlete, which is also a theme throughout
this issue of RM. Read on to get a sneak
peek of the upcoming Sports & Licensing
Tailgate Show on page 34. In addition,
we feature several prestigious universities
with voracious fans - including Michigan
State University, The University of Texas
at Austin and UCLA - discussing their
licensing efforts.
But there's more to this issue than
sports. Several exciting retailers are
featured, including Sunshine Gasoline
Distributors, Beacon & Bridge Market
and Pharmaca. Check out our amazing
photos from the New York City Wine &
Food Festival, our wrap up of the National
Association of Convenience Stores Show,
and mark your calendar for the Consumer
Electronics (CES) Show.

Bianca Herron
Editor-in-Chief

Bianca Herron
(312) 676-1128

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Vida Soriano
vsoriano@khmginc.com
(312) 676-1137
DESIGNERS
Stephanie Linquist, Ellen Lynch, Jonathan Lyzun
PRODUCTION ---------------------------------------------------------------PRODUCTION TEAM LEAD
Michelle DeCeault
mdeceault@khmginc.com
(312) 676-1178
SALES ------------------------------------------------------------------------PROJECT COORDINATOR
Tony Pelonzi
tony.pelonzi@retail-merchandiser.com
(978) 299-9815
PROJECT COORDINATOR
rocky.pisa@retail-merchandiser.com

Rocky Pisa
(978) 299-9810

PROJECT COORDINATOR
jay.purcell@retail-merchandiser.com

Jay Purcell
(978) 299-9873

EDITORIAL RESEARCH -----------------------------------------------------PRESIDENT
Joy Francesconi
joy.francesconi@retail-merchandiser.com
(978) 299-9870
VP EDITORIAL RESEARCH
amy.ingoldsby@retail-merchandiser.com

Amy Ingoldsby
(978) 299-9862

EDITORIAL RESEARCHER
jodie.garinger@retail-merchandiser.com

Jodie Garinger
(978) 299-9877

EDITORIAL RESEARCHER
michelle.fontaine@retail-merchandiser.com
EDITORIAL RESEARCHER
judy.kushner@retail-merchandiser.com

Michelle Fontaine
(978) 299-9875
Judy Kushner
(978) 299-9866

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