Holiday Retail Trends: Toys Up for Grabs, Free Shipping Offers

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In this episode of Retail Right Now, Total Retail's Caitlin Sullivan and Joe Keenan discuss a few trends emerging for the holiday shopping season, including a scramble to grow toy sales in the absence of Toys"R"Us — Target, Walmart and other retailers have increased in-store and online toy merchandise, and is mailing a print toy catalog for the first time — as well as a growing number of retailers offering free shipping on holiday purchases in an effort to capture online shoppers. The National Retail Federation predicts 2018 holiday sales will increase between 4.3 and 4.8 percent year-over-year, so there's a lot at stake.