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Retail experts call for people to start their Christmas shopping early this year

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Retail experts are calling on the public to start their Christmas shopping earlier than normal this year to help spread demand during the peak shopping season.

The British Retail Consortium (BRC) has announced a new national campaign urging the public to get cracking on the present buying to help reduce last-minute demand for items in the final weeks of November and December.

Though we might not usually think about starting our Christmas shopping in October, this year our festive plans have been somewhat thrown into turmoil thanks to changes in restrictions about the number of people that can attend social gatherings, although it is not yet known what restrictions will be in place in December.

“Whilst celebrations will no doubt be a little different this year, we know customers want to keep Christmas special,” explains Helen Dickinson, chief executive of the BRC.

“That’s why we’re encouraging people to shop early and prevent the last minute rush so their fellow customers and all the store colleagues, warehouse workers and delivery drivers working behind the scenes, have the space they need to stay safe and well.”

Read more: Morrisons, John Lewis and Waitrose pledge to ditch glitter for Christmas

Shopping early could benefit retailers and customers this year. (Getty Images)

The BRC stated out that retailers have been strengthening their supply chains since March, putting in place additional safety and hygiene measures across their stores and online operations.

“BRC’s September sales figures show signs some customers have already started a little earlier than usual, as spreading your Christmas shopping has many benefits in today’s climate – from safety to managing finances,” added Dickinson.

“However, we want more people to embrace the true Christmas spirit, think of others and ‘Shop Early, Start Wrapping’ and most of all Enjoy Christmas – however they are celebrating.”

The campaign launch comes as Oxford Street announced it would be switching on its Christmas lights earlier this year, on Monday 2 November, according to the Retail Gazette.

The date is about three weeks earlier than in 2019, when the lights were turned on from 21 November.

Read more: Boots No7 advent calendar is here: Get £172 worth of beauty products for only £45

According to Sabrina Benjamin, retail expert and founder of booking tool Q Manager, coronavirus and the resultant impact on sales has meant retailers are more keen than ever to encourage shoppers to get cracking on their Christmas shopping.

“Every year consumers fall trap to the last minute Christmas rush, however things have changed,” she explained. “Due to the impacts of COVID-19, the customers’ ability to ‘get up and go’ is now limited by many factors beyond their control.”

Benjamin sites the rule of six or the possibility of being asked to self-isolate for a period of time, as just a couple of those uncontrollable factors.

Watch: Hamley’s top picks for Christmas 2020.

“Additionally in London, there have been many road closures as a direct result of the pandemic creating further restrictions to be mobile/travel,”

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UK urged to start Xmas shopping early to help retailers survive 2020

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BRC’s campaign tells UK consumers to ‘shop early, start wrapping, enjoy Christmas’. Photo: British Retail Consortium

The British Retail Consortium (BRC) has launched a new “Shop early, Start wrapping, Enjoy Christmas” national campaign, urging British consumers to start their festive shopping early.

The UK’s retail body hopes the drive will help spread rising demand in what is traditionally the country’s busiest shopping period of the year.

With measures such as social distancing and tighter coronavirus rules in place across the country, shoppers are encouraged to “think of others” by “preventing” the usual retail rush common during Christmas.

It comes as Britain along with global countries is battling a second wave of COVID-19 infections, which saw prime minister Boris Johnson announce a new three-tier “traffic light system,” which imposes tighter local restrictions.

“Retailers are urging customers to begin shopping earlier to help make sure everyone — shoppers, store colleagues, warehouse workers and delivery drivers — has the space they need to stay safe and deliver the magic of Christmas,” BRC said.

Since the height of the nationwide lockdown, retailers invested millions to put in place additional safety and hygiene measures across stores and online operations.

In July, total UK retail sales continued to rebound more strongly than expected, after the first full month where the whole sector was allowed to re-open nationwide.

Official data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed the volume of retail sales rose 2% between June and July, when analysts had expected a 0.2% boost. Some analysts had expected sales to go into reverse.

The quantity and value of total sales also smashed through levels seen before lockdown, with both up 4.4% on February. They were also higher than levels seen a year earlier, and up by a quarter on levels seen at the height of lockdown, in Spring.

READ MORE: Coronavirus: UK retail rebound ‘masks a crisis’ as high street job losses grow

BRC chief executive, Helen Dickinson, said: “Whilst celebrations will no doubt be a little different this year, we know customers want to keep Christmas special.

“That’s why we’re encouraging people to shop early and prevent the last minute rush so their fellow customers and all the store colleagues, warehouse workers and delivery drivers working behind the scenes, have the space they need to stay safe and well.

“BRC’s September sales figures show signs some customers have already started a little earlier than usual, as spreading your Christmas shopping has many benefits in today’s climate – from safety to managing finances.

“However, we want more people to embrace the true Christmas spirit, think of others and ‘Shop Early, Start Wrapping’ and most of all Enjoy Christmas – however they are celebrating”

BRC’s campaign will be broadcast on national and local radio stations from Sunday 18 October and will run across national print and social channels through until early November.

Watch: UK retail sales surge past pre-crisis levels

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The best online shopping deals this weekend: Apple AirPods, Le Creuset’s colorful cookware, early holiday sales

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Retailers are starting to shift into holiday mode, and that means we’ll be seeing a ton of online shopping sales throughout the next several weeks.

If you need your weekend shopping fix, we’ve got you covered.

The fall deals are in full force, even after Prime Day 2020, and there are still some big sales out there.

Some of the noteworthy deals include Coach bags for up to 70% off, Amazon holiday deals and Apple AirPods for 21% off.

Here’s a roundup of some of the bigger sales this weekend.

Adidas

Members get 33% off site-wide through Oct. 20 when you use promo code “CREATE” at checkout. If you’re not already a member, you can sign up here for free.

Amazon

The online retail giant is already offering “Holiday Dash” deals.

Apple’s AirPods with a charging case are still being offered at a pretty good deal for $125, compared to $160.

If you looking to hold gatherings outdoors in the winter, this best-selling Stainless Steel Patio Heater for 20% off is a good buy.

You can also browse the following Amazon gift guides to get a head start on holiday shopping.

Coach

The designer handbag’s outlet just dropped a “Coach Reserve” collection, which are deals on styles straight from Coach retail stores.

Here are some of the noteworthy handbag deals:

New customers can also snag an extra 10% off orders over $100 with promo code COUPON10 at checkout.

Fanatics

The online sports fan shop is currently offering free shipping when you use promo code “19SHIP” at checkout.

Nike’s popular Air Zoom Pegasus 37 sneakers are $130 on Fanatics. This new batch features logos from 30 of the NFL’s 32 teams, including the Giants, Jets and Eagles.

Tons of NFL, MLB, NHL, NCAA, NBA and Nascar fan gear is also on clearance. You can also find face coverings in packs of three starting at $19.99 for MLB, NFL, NHL, NCAA, NBA, WNBA and MLS teams.

Kohl’s

The department store is holding a home sale through Sunday on kitchen appliances, bedding, furniture, home decor and vacuums.

Kohl’s “hottest toys” for the 2020 holiday season also have been announced. Browse the entire selection here.

Le Creuset

You can save up to 45% on stainless steel cookware, along with specials on popular colorful cookware.

Here are some of the noteworthy cookware deals:

  • Round Wide Dutch Oven for $250, instead of $380
  • Sauteuse for $180, instead of $295
  • Toughened Nonstick Pro Square Grill Pan for $100, instead of $160
  • 16-Piece Dinnerware Set for $210, instead of $252

Lululemon

The popular athletic brand is still discounting leggings to as low as $59. Men’s items can also be found at a discount.

Here are some highlights among the sale:

Nike

You can find sneakers, hoodies, sweatpants and more for up to 40% off.

Under Armour

The clothing company’s outlet store has tons of products discounted, everything from hoodies to fleece pants.

Under Armour’s popular “Sportsmask” face covering is also now available in several new colors, although not

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PlayStation 5 Accessories Are Being Sent Out Early

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PlayStation fans who’ve already secured their PlayStation 5 pre-order and some accessories to go with it will get parts of their purchases ahead of schedule. Sony confirmed to its customers this week that PlayStation 5 accessories will be shipping out early with people expected to get those devices more than a week ahead of when the PlayStation 5 is supposed to launch on November 12th. Other retailers such as Target have sent similar messages about people getting their accessories early with the release dates for these products seemingly moved up now.

Twitter user djmikeradio tweeted about the news of PlayStation 5 accessories being sent out early which was later reshared by gaming news tipster Wario64 who added that Target was also apparently sending out accessories early. Emails sent from Sony and Target said that people can now expect to see their PlayStation 5 accessories shipped out on October 30th.

“Great news! We are excited to be shipping PS5 accessories early!” the email read. “The new launch date of your pre-order item(s) will now be 10/30/2020.”

Though the email pictured above does say “PS5 DIGITAL” which indicates it’s the PlayStation 5 Digital Edition being sent out early, the Twitter user who originally shared it said that’s not the case. After checking the orders, the user said the Digital Edition will arrive on November 12th while the Pulse 3D Wireless Headset will arrive on October 30th.

While it may seem like getting these PlayStation 5 accessories in early is pointless because you won’t be able to use them anyway, that’s not the case in every instance. The Pulse 3D headset, for example, can still be used with the PlayStation 4, PCs, or mobile devices via the wireless adapter and 3.5 mm jack that comes with the headset. That means that even though you won’t be able to try it with a PlayStation 5 until you get everything set up on November 12th, you’ll still be able to see what those devices are like ahead of time.

The PlayStation 5 and the PlayStation 5 Digital Edition will release on November 12th

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Landlord charged in teen’s death; holiday shopping starts early; more: Good Morning, Pennsylvania

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What you need to know for Friday, Oct. 16, 2020.

Weather

High: 57; Low: 37. Rainy today, mostly clear this weekend.

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Today’s talkers

Special report: Many are unprepared and in danger should an accident occur with Sunoco’s Mariner East natural gas pipelines. Preparedness plans largely fail to account for people with disabilities, the elderly, the ill and children. Read more.

See also: Basics of the pipeline project

Town halls: President Donald Trump and Joe Biden didn’t debate each other last night as originally planned. Instead, they showcased their differences in views (and temperament) in separate, televised town halls. Read more.

See also: C-SPAN suspends editor who was supposed to moderate

Winter forecast: Winter 2020 is predicted to be like last year: drier and warmer, with fewer and milder snowstorms. Read more.

Homicides

Teen shot at home: The owner of a Harrisburg apartment building has been charged with killing a 19-year-old woman who lived there. Read more.

Death penalty case: Prosecutors say they’ll seek the death penalty against a 25-year-old man charged with killing the two mothers of his children. Read more.

See also: Woman stabbed to death in Carlisle

Holidays

Going shopping: Instead of encouraging massive Black Friday crowds, retailers are beginning to offer sales to encourage people to shop early and safely. Read more.

See also: Where to find Halloween gear

Thanksgoing: With carryout meals and Zoom gatherings, Thanksgiving is going to look a lot different. But that could mean new traditions, too. Read more.

Football

Growing: Penn State feature back Journey Brown is planning on playing a bigger role in the team’s offense this fall. Read more.

See also: Team’s updated roster

Changing: Former Steeler Le’Veon Bell, cut this week from the Jets, is going to the Kansas City Chiefs for at least a season. Read more.

See also: NFL picks for the weekend

In brief

How to watch high school football  5/8 Gisele Fetterman asks for no charges against racist ranter 5/8 Nearly 1,600 coronavirus cases reported yesterday 5/8 Company hiding $1M in each state 5/8 After a week in ICU, Chris Christie says he should’ve worn mask 5/8 Driver killed in I-81 crash 5/8 Honus Wagner baseball card sets sales record 5/8

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PS5 Accessories Might Start Shipping Early, Before The Console’s Launch

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Some PlayStation 5 buyers may soon open their doors to an unexpected surprise–a preordered accessory absent from the next-gen system. Sony’s website currently indicates that it plans to ship certain PlayStation 5 accessories early, dating them for October 30.

According to the PlayStation website, the DualSense controller, HD Camera, Media Remote, DualSense Charging Station, and Pulse 3D Wireless Headset all release on October 30. This is two weeks before the PlayStation 5 launches on November 12.

A Twitter user named Mike Y. screenshot an email from PlayStation. The email said the company is excited to ship the accessories early. It’s unclear what accessories Mike will receive in the coming weeks, as the email simply says “PS5 Digital.”

Some retailers like Target also confirm the October 30 release date. Other stores, such as Best Buy and Walmart, still display a November 12 launch for accessories.

This comes not long after Sony finally unveiled the user interface for PlayStation 5, which looks to be snappier and more intuitive than previous iterations. There’s a new feature called Game Help that offers hints and tips baked right into the system’s interface. However, this feature is exclusive to PlayStation Plus subscribers, who also get access to the vault of classic PlayStation 4 games through the PS Plus Collection.

PlayStation 5 comes in two variants, the Digital Edition for $400 and standard edition for $500, both launching on November 12. Check out our PlayStation 5 preorder guide to find out which stores have available stock.

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