• Black Friday & Cyber Monday: our global retail footfall predictions

    On Friday 27th November, millions of retailers will kick off their Christmas campaigns in earnest, with the launch of their Black Friday promotions. This day of heavy discounting has spread across the world like wildfire in recent years, as has its online sister event, Cyber Monday, which this year will take place on 30th November.

    To see how these events will impact retail businesses globally, we’ve crunched some exclusive footfall data, to bring you our Black Friday and Cyber Monday consumer traffic predictions for 2015:

    UK forecast: a welcome boost for bricks-and-mortar

    Retail sales were slow in the UK during October, and industry experts believe this is because consumers are holding out for Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals.

    Analysis of previous footfall data would certainly support this prediction. Black Friday has only been a phenomenon in the country since 2013, when there was a marked ….

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  • Will Singles Day be a match made in heaven for retail footfall?

    Asia’s ecommerce sector is about to receive a big boost, as retailers prepare for the biggest Singles Day on record – but how will it impact bricks-and-mortar shopping?

    For those of you not familiar with the concept, Singles Day is a consumer holiday invented in China, emanating from an anti-Valentine’s protest in which bachelors celebrated their singledom. November 11th is the chosen date because it’s represented numerically as 11/11; a series of number ones.

    In 2009, Chinese ecommerce platform Alibaba spotted the potential to turn this event into a commercial opportunity, encouraging unattached consumers to treat themselves, in lieu of a partner.

    Since then, it has taken off in an unprecedented manner. The very first Singles Day event netted ¥50million for online retailers and by 2013 it had passed the ¥57billion mark – more than the total spend globally on Black Friday last year. In short, it’s become a critical ….

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