Thanksgiving Holiday 2018: Insights from the Biggest Shopping Week of the Year

by Bizrate Insights • ,

Holiday 2018 is turning out to be a record-breaking shopping season for the major players in retail. Amazon reported record sales for the period of Thanksgiving to Cyber Monday, dubbing the Thanksgiving shopping week as “The Turkey 5.”

While online shopping is ramping up, in-store Black Friday traffic has slowed; the historically successful shopping holiday is seeing fewer people shopping at brick & mortar locations this year.

We surveyed shoppers in our network to identify customer spending habits for the 2018 Thanksgiving shopping season. As retailers extend discounts for longer periods of time, shoppers are entering the spending season sooner to take advantage of early day deals.

Online shopping over the Thanksgiving weekend has continued to increase YOY, as the lines between Black Friday and Cyber Monday continue to blur:

holiday shopping flash report
As far as omnichannel shopping goes, our YOY survey data shows mobile shopping is close to surpassing desktop shopping during the Thanksgiving shopping weekend:

holiday shopping flash report

With extended holiday shopping time between Thanksgiving and Christmas, retailers are still rolling out deals to take advantage of the longer spending season. There’s still plenty of shoppers looking to grab holiday deals as the calendar year comes to a close.

Bizrate Insights will continue to monitor shopping behavior throughout the December spending season.

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