247 Million Shoppers A record 247m shoppers visited US stores and websites over Black Friday weekend, up from 226m last year, according to
the National Retail Federation (NRF).
The NRF said the average holiday shopper spent US$423 this weekend, up from $398m last year, with total spending
reaching an estimated $59.1bn.
Some 57.7% of shoppers bought clothing and clothing accessories over the weekend, with 53.5% visiting
department stores, and 29% visiting clothing stores.
Approximately 40.7% of total weekend spending was done online, up from 37.8% last year, with the average consumer
spending $172.42 online.
"From green beans to great deals, millions of Americans found time this Thanksgiving to make the most of
retailers' promotions and enjoy a special family holiday," said NRF president and CEO Matthew Shay.
"To keep their customers excited about holiday shopping, retailers will continue to offer attractive promotions
through December, and provide strong consumer value with low prices, enhanced mobile and online offerings, and
unique product assortment."
ShopperTrak data said that retail foot traffic rose 3.5% to more than 307.67 store visits, but said retail sales
declined 1.8%, with shoppers spending an estimated total of US$11.2bn on Friday.
"Black Friday continues to be an important day in retail," said Bill Martin, ShopperTrak founder. "This year, though,
more retailers than last year began their 'doorbuster' deals on Thursday, Thanksgiving itself. So while foot
traffic did increase on Friday, those Thursday deals attracted some of the spending that's usually meant for
Retail Metrics president Ken Perkins said the softer sales growth reported by ShopperTrak this year may be due to
"pre-Black Friday sales early in November," which was likely to have pulled some sales forward.
"A number of retailers started offering Black Friday prices online at the start of last week, which also
probably had the effect of pulling forward some sales.
Earlier Thanksgiving night openings siphoned sales away from Black Friday into what is now being called Gray
"Additionally, more consumers are shopping online on Black Friday as early deals were widely available. Online
retailers sent customers an average of 5.9 promotional emails in the 7 days prior to Black Friday in a concerted
effort to generate sales and gain share from brick and mortar stores."
He said discounts this year looked comparable with last year, so added promotions were not as prevalent.
"'Door Busters' were not as prevalent, especially in apparel stores. Abercrombie and American Eagle, for
instance, ran 40% off entire store events that may have taken away from urgency to get into stores for early
morning deals," said Perkins.
According to Perkins, retailers such as Macy's, Kohl's, Express, Urban Outfitters, American Eagle, Abercrombie &
Fitch, Target, Gap and Sears all got off to very strong starts, with Macy's, Express, American Eagle, Wal-Mart and
Kohl's all looking to carry strong sales traffic from Friday into Saturday.
Retailers that were likely to have had a soft Black Friday weekend included Guess, Ann Taylor, Pacific Sunwear, Wet
Seal and Aeropostale, he said.
Eldorado Gives Back Distributor’s 2012 food drive a success Eldorado Trading Company’s proud participation in the 2012 Community Food Share provided meals for thousands of Colorado families in need.
Eldorado raised 9247 lbs. of food for the Boulder and Broomfield Counties Food Share program for Thanksgiving, resulting in more than 9200 meals for hungry Coloradans that will carry through the holiday season.
The unfortunate reality in Colorado today is that an estimated 1 in 8 people live in poverty including 12,000 children.
“This is the most significant charity event in which Eldorado participates,” says Eldorado Founder and CEO Larry Garland. “I take great pride in watching our team work with Community Food Share each year -- a little bit really does go a long way towards making a difference in the lives of Colorado families and it's gratifying to know our people have helped put food on the table for so many.”
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Burma Import Ban Lifted The US has lifted a decade-long ban on most imports from Burma (also known as Myanmar), in a move that is likely to
boost the country's garment industry.
The easing of restrictions on November 16, is in response to reforms by the country's military regime over the past
year, and was made ahead of a historic visit by President Obama this week.
The import ban has been in place since 2003. Before the ban was introduced, garments made up the country's largest
exports to the US.
Burma has taken progressive steps over the past year to improve human rights and implement democratic reforms.
These steps have resulted in, among other things, the election of opposition leader and Nobel Peace Prize
laureate Aung San Suu Kyi to the legislature.
In July, the US eased financial and investment sanctions against Burma, allowing the first new US investment in the
Asian country for nearly 15 years.
Similarly, the European Union (EU) in April decided to suspend most of its trade and economic sanctions against
And in September the European Commission took a step towards reinstating trade preferences for Burma with a
plan to bring the country back under the so-called 'Everything But Arms' trade regime, which is part of the
EU's Generalized System of Preferences (GSP).
This would give products such as clothing duty- and quota-free access to the European market for the first
time since 1997.
Lille's Fortnight Fashion Show and Holiday Party to benefit Planned Parenthood
On December 12, 2012, from 7pm to midnight. Lille Boutique will be celebrating the holidays in style with a Planned Parenthood benefit at Holocene nightclub, located at 1001 SE Morrison Street in Portland, Oregon. The highlight of the event will be a Fashion Show with models by Q6 (styled by Sephora and Proper Salon) for the launch of Fortnight Lingerie's latest collection, Asteria 2013, inspired by Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey. Lille will be raising funds for Planned Parenthood, so 100% of the profits from this amazing event will go to charity. Tickets are currently sold out, but an additional 15 general admission tickets to the fashion show will be released at the door. The free after-party does not require a ticket, so all are welcome to attend for a chance to win over $1000 in donated raffle prizes, including gift certificates to Lille Boutique, lingerie from Fortnight, Maison Close, Only Hearts, Unforeseen Circumstances, The Lake and Stars, Huit, and much more. New Deal Distillery will be donating complimentary drinks during the cocktail hour, and the event will be catered by Luce, with cupcakes donated by Cupcake Jones. There will be additional entertainment in the form of Astrological Readings by Psychic Siamese Terror, film projection, a giant photo booth, and music by the Sex Life DJs. Fortnight Lingerie's designer, Christina Remenyi, will travel to Portland from Toronto to attend the event and answer questions about the collection.
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Factory Fire Killed 111
Workers Bangladesh is to hold a national day of mourning on November
27, after at least 111 people were killed and another 100 injured in a garment factory fire on Saturday.
The fire raged through Tazreen Fashion Ltd, based in Ashulia on the outskirts of the capital Dhaka - prompting
calls from trade unions and labor rights groups for immediate action from international brands who source from
Hong Kong based sourcing giant Li & Fung and Dutch clothing chain C&A have both confirmed they placed orders
with Tazreen Fashion.
The blaze, which gutted the eight-story building, is said to be the worst ever in the history of Bangladesh's
US$20bn export-earning clothing industry.
First reports suggest the fire was started by an electrical short circuit, and broke out on the ground
floor, which was used as a warehouse.
Nearly 100 people were seriously injured by burns and smoke inhalation, a police official confirmed
Tazreen Fashion employs more than 2,000 people - with around 1,100 working when the fire broke out on Saturday
evening. The factory works around the clock in three 8-hour shifts.
"I can't exactly say when the factory will back to operation as we incurred a loss of around BDT1.50bn
($18.48m) due to the fire," Delowar Hossain, managing director of Tazreen Fashion Limited, said.
He also said a huge quantity of fabric was stocked in the warehouse in the ground floor of the factory.
While local media have reported there wasn't a single fire exit on the outside of the factory, Hossain said there
were three exit stairs and denied claims the factory was unsafe.
Tazreen Fashion, a subsidiary of the Tuba Group, manufactured readymade garment (RMG) products including
trousers, socks and sweaters for export to the US and European Union (EU). Customers sourcing from the factory
when the incident occurred include retailer C&A and Li & Fung.
A statement from C&A said it had placed an order for 220,000 sweaters to be delivered to C&A Brazil between
December 2012 and February 2013.
Li & Fung said it had placed orders worth US$111,000 with Tazreen on behalf of Kids Headquarters, a division of LF
USA. It also confirmed no orders had been placed with Tazreen on behalf of its other customers.
The sourcing giant said it is participating in aid efforts and is pledging BDT100,000 (US$1,200) to the family of
every victim - matching the financial assistance offered by the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters
Li & Fung added that it is in "contact with the owner of the factory and it will be carrying out its own
investigation into the circumstances which led to the fire."
EXXXOTICA Gives Back Raises Thousands Of Dollars & Countless Spirits
EXXXOTICA Expo’s Charity Initiative In
Edison, NJ Is A Major Success The counts are in from the charitable effort, “EXXXOTICA Gives Back” at the New Jersey Expo Center during EXXXOTICA NJ, and they show a huge support from fans and exhibitors alike. With close to $5,000 in cash donated to the Little Ferry Relief Fund, nearly one-ton of food and supplies, and a highly-successful Red-Cross blood drive, the effort couldn’t have been more of a victory for the area.
The EXXXOTICA Expo took place just over a week after Hurricane Sandy tore through New Jersey and New York, and just two days after Nor’easter Athena took out even more powerlines with anywhere from three to eight inches of snow, winds and storm surges. While most residents of the area were still coping with the aftermath, thousands flocked to EXXXOTICA to let off some much needed steam. But it wasn’t just about having fun for these fans, as many took part in EXXXOTICA Gives Back — a program designed to pay it forward to New Jersey, an area which has treated this annual event for five straight years.
Three Expo Events, LLC, the organizers of EXXXOTICA, created an area on the show floor where attendees, exhibitors and stars could donate food, clothing and household items, as well as bid on one-of-a-kind items via a tricky tray auction and donate funds around the convention center hall.
Before the doors even opened on Friday afternoon, two pick up trucks filled with items needed by victims of the storm pulled up to the loading dock, setting the tone for a weekend of philanthropy by the EXXXOTICA faithful.
At the EXXXOTICA Gives Back exhibition area, adult film stars such as Lisa Ann, Tasha Reign, Tera Patrick, Mari Possa, Stoya, Christie Stevens and Allie Haze donated time from their schedules to raise funds for the charity effort. Major names from the industry such as Kristina Rose, Raylene, Raven Bay, XXX Church, the stars of Spartacus XXX, and others also pitched in.
Close to $5,000 in cash was raised and will be donated on behalf of EXXXOTICA to the Moonachie/Little Ferry Relief Fund. This fund was set up to aid the two Bergen County, New Jersey communities which were ravaged by flood waters leaving a path of destruction and many homeless in its wake. The final donation made by XXXChurch.com rounded the total to $5,000.
“We are so proud of our attendees and exhibitors stepping up to the plate and making the ‘EXXXOTICA Gives Back’ disaster relief drive a huge success,” commented J. Handy, Director of EXXXOTICA. “The support from everyone was overwhelming. It was an incredible feeling being able to contribute to help the community that has supported us so much over the years. We hope this pay it forward mentality continues until these areas are whole again.”
”That is so amazing!” said a spokesperson for the relief fund when informed about the donation. “Thank you so much for your hard work and the generosity of your attendees and exhibitors, as well as your company for organizing this. The money will help these towns. People need help. We have a firehouse to rebuild. Thank you again!”
Those wishing to help more can donate directly to the organization by sending both monetary donations and gift cards to: Moonachie/Little Ferry Relief Fund, PO Box 77, Wood-Ridge, NJ 07075.
The truckloads of donated household and food items were also overwhelming. These items which included non-perishable food items, household goods, cleaning supplies, toiletries, toys and more are being delivered to Edison, NJ area charities and food banks to help those in need.
In addition, as part of EXXXOTICA Gives Back, the Red Cross conducted a blood drive at the expo on Saturday afternoon. Dozens in attendance for EXXXOTICA gave blood to help replenish blood banks, which were wiped out by the storm.
“We have the best fans and exhibitors in the world,” added Handy. “The way they came through for their community is truly amazing and a testament that charity begins at home. It has inspired us to always have a charity aspect to our events for now on no matter what time of the year or city that we are in. The fact that we can do good like this definitely inspires our entire team.”
EXXXOTICA will be returning to the area next year with the debut of EXXXOTICA Atlantic City, April 19-21, at the Trump Taj Mahal. Later in the year, EXXXOTICA will also make its debut in Fort Lauderdale, along with returns to Chicago, IL. Information on all shows is available at the EXXXOTICA website,
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