Alibaba to run double 11.11 online shopping events starting November 1

Alibaba Group will be hosting its 12th annual 11:11 Global Shopping Festival next month, but according to chief marketing officer Chris Tung, this year’s event will be twice as big.

“We have a very particularly special year this year,” Tung told media on Thursday.

He said Alibaba has seen a dramatic and fundamental change in customer shopping behaviour due to the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as a great amount of work done on the merchant side to accelerate their digital transformation.

While the world is still facing the challenges brought on by the pandemic, Tung said China is lucky that it has seen a fast, rapid recovery.

“Alibaba is more committed than ever to empowering our merchants for their digital transformation and to capture the growth of particularly the China market through 11.11,” he said. “This really gives 11.11 a different layer of meaning this year in light of the pandemic.”

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Tung said every year, Alibaba “plays the numbers”.

“11.11 you have four 1s in a row, you cannot be more single than that. There’s an old joke about how we get started as a singles day … and because of the love for 1 and 11, we really think that the past 11 11.11s already completes a cycle, so this year we’d like to kick it off with some different thinking, more innovation, a little bit about redefining 11.11 as the first year of the new cycle,” he said.

China is the largest consumer market and this year Alibaba is expecting more than 800 million consumers to join its 2020 11.11 Global Shopping Festival.

“This presents a huge opportunity for all the merchants,” he said. “We want 11.11 to really serve as the growth engine and digitalisation driver for our brand merchants.”

This year, 14 million products from 250,000 brands from 89 countries and markets will be up for sale on Tmall. 5,000 brands will join 11.11 for the first time and 2,600 of those are brands from international markets.

“Chinese customers also face difficulty to go abroad to travel to shop and they are the largest group of [shoppers],” he said.

“We’ll charter approximately 700 flights during 11.11 to make sure we reach supply and demand, to make sure this a truly global shopping festival.”

Alibaba’s logistics arm, Cainiao, processed 1.88 billion packages last 11.11. In a bid to keep on top of this year’s sales, it has filled more than 30 warehouses with products. More than 30,000 global brands have already transported products into China using charter flights and the warehouses can have products clear customs in one second, a video shown to media stated.

In “doubling” its 2020 event, Alibaba is also opening up two shopping windows.

“For the last 11 years, the big day is November 11th — 24 hours [of] non-stop shopping,” Tung said. “But because [we’re going to] have to service 800 million consumers for 250,000 brands, 24 hours

DOE may switch to online learning full-time

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Teachers and staff members of Finegayan Elementary School practice social distancing as they hand out distance learning material to families, with children enrolled at the school, during a drive-through Grab-n-Learn distribution.

Teachers and staff members of Finegayan Elementary School practice social distancing as they hand out distance learning material to families, with children enrolled at the school, during a drive-through Grab-n-Learn distribution. (Photo: Rick Cruz/PDN)

Thousands of public school students have expressed no interest in switching to online learning, but the school system might make it mandatory by eventually eliminating or scaling back the hard-copy learning model, said Superintendent Jon Fernandez.

The Department of Education, which started classes Aug. 17, has been instructing students online or through hard-copy learning material because the governor has prohibited face-to-face instruction due to the pandemic.

About 13,000 students who were supposed to be on campus, on alternate days to reduce classroom sizes, are instead learning remotely.

DOE has about 8,000 laptops which it planned to distribute to middle school and high school students who currently are learning by hard copy. But only 3,300 students have applied for the laptops, Fernandez said. The goal was to distribute laptops to students who have internet access at home or elsewhere but who don’t have access to a computer.

“We did make the assumption that when we offered them the equipment the students who are able to switch over because they have internet access would so immediately,” he said. “We are hearing from students who prefer the hard-copy version.”

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He said some families and students prefer working with hard-copy material and they also like the flexibility of completing the work during the week, on their own schedule. As an example, working parents might prefer helping their children with their lessons after work instead of during the school day, he said.

But distribution of hard-copy material poses a safety risk, Fernandez said, and the hard copy learning model results in less interaction between teachers and students.

“It’s hard for us to maintain three models of learning and do a good job at all three,” according to Fernandez, who said the school system might provide only two models –  online learning and eventually on-campus instruction when pandemic restrictions are eased.

“What we’re looking to do long-term is make a policy decision about how to proceed with the hard-copy model,” Fernandez said. “The public ought to know that we will be considering ceasing the hard-copy model of learning next semester if we are able to address the laptop as well as the internet access challenges that many of our families face.”

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New laptops, purchased with federal pandemic funds, are expected to arrive in late November or early December for distribution to elementary school students, he said.

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Online holiday sales to surge 33% to $189 billion: Adobe

Two years’ worth of e-commerce growth is about to be packed into one holiday season, according to a new forecast, as Americans turn in droves to online shopping to avoid crowded stores and malls during the coronavirus pandemic.

Online sales this November and December are forecast to surge 33% year over year to a record $189 billion, Adobe Analytics said Wednesday, based on web transactions of 80 of the top 100 U.S. internet retailers.

The e-commerce gains could go even higher if consumers receive another round of government stimulus checks or if brick-and-mortar stores are forced to shut down again to curb the spread of Covid-19, said Jason Woosley, vice president of commerce product and platform at Adobe. Should those two things occur, Adobe expects consumers could spend an extra $11 billion online, pushing total holiday spending past $200 billion.

“It’s just incredible,” Woosley said. “If you would have asked me last year that we’d be talking about 33% [growth], I would have said you were crazy.”

This holiday season is likely to have a whopping 18 days where digital spending tops $3 billion in a 24-hour window, Adobe said. Last year, outside of the window of Thanksgiving to Cyber Monday, there were only three such days, Adobe said. The firm expects online sales will surpass $2 billion every day from Nov. 1 to Nov. 21, as parents look to stock up on hot toys like collectible Rainbocorns, Cutetitos plush stuffed animals and new video gaming consoles.

Through Dec. 31, Americans are likely to spend $28.1 billion more using their smartphones compared with 2019. That will account for 42% of all online sales during the holidays, and mark 55% year-over-year growth for mobile devices, Adobe said.

Adobe also predicts more consumers will shop online on Black Friday this year, as the appeal of standing in line before daybreak for doorbuster deals fades. Retailers are also actively courting shoppers on the web, partly via ads on Instagram and TikTok. Americans are expected to spend $10.3 billion online the day after Thanksgiving, Adobe said, up 39% year over year.

Cyber Monday, though, is predicted to remain the biggest online shopping event of the year, bringing in $12.7 billion in sales, up 35% from 2019 levels.

The pandemic has also instilled in many consumers a desire to shop at small businesses, many of which have struggled more than national retail chains to stay afloat.

Adobe predicts small retailers that bring in $10 million to $50 million in sales annually online will report a collective 107% revenue boost during the holidays, compared with an 84% jump at larger retailers, which bring in more than $1 billion in e-commerce sales each year.

The presidential election could also impact consumer sentiment, for better or for worse. Twenty-six percent of consumers say the outcome of Tuesday’s election will affect their holiday spending, Adobe found in surveying 1,000 U.S. consumers earlier this month. And 63% of retailers told Adobe they expect Americans will be more confident in spending

Adobe Predicts Online Shopping Surge This Holiday Season

With new coronavirus cases in the U.S. soaring in October, consumers are expected to do more online shopping this holiday season … a lot more. Software company Adobe (NASDAQ: ADBE) is calling for a 33% year-over-year uptick in the country’s e-commerce spending in November and December, thanks to shoppers’ wariness of setting foot in an actual brick-and-mortar store, CNBC reported today. That would take the season’s online shopping tally to a figure near $189 billion.

That growth outlook is the more conservative one tendered by Adobe Analytics, too. Should the recent resurgence of COVID-19 lead to renewed shutdowns, it said, the nation’s e-commerce industry could see growth on the order of 47% in the coming two months.

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Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) will garner a massive share of whatever online spending materializes. During its quarter ending in December of last year, the e-commerce giant raked in $53.7 billion worth of product sales in the United States alone. The company has seen strong double-digit sales growth this year, with shoppers turning to the web to steer clear of physical stores.

But rivals are more ready to compete online this year than they’ve ever been, after being forced to adapt to the challenges of the pandemic. Analytics site Digital Commerce 360 recently reported that 44% of the nation’s biggest 500 brick-and-mortar retailers now offer curbside pickup, up from only 7% before the pandemic. This added option will help fuel the big e-commerce growth Adobe is modeling.

These physical stores enjoy another edge on their online-centered rivals: Despite the projected growth of online sales this holiday season, roughly three-fourths of this year’s shopping should still be done in-store, according to Adobe.

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Online holiday shopping sales expected to ‘shatter’ records, Adobe analysis predicts

Yeah, that seems about right.

With more folks at home during the ongoing pandemic and fewer retail outlets offering traditional, in-person Black Friday deals, a new report from Adobe predicts that online holiday shopping will “shatter” all records from years past.

More specifically, Adobe’s 2020 report predicts that online holiday shopping will see a 33% year-over-year increase. An even greater increase is expected (47%) if shutdowns persist in “large parts of the country” and if consumers expect the passing of another stimulus package ahead of the holidays.

In formulating its predictions for 2020 shopping habits, the software firm used AI and machine-learning technology to analyze more than 1 trillion visits to U.S. retail stores as well as 100 million SKUs (stock keeping units) from 80 of the nation’s biggest retailers. The result, Adobe says, is “the industry’s most accurate view of online shopping in the U.S.”

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Among the other predictions from the report, Adobe believes that Black Friday and Cyber Monday will continue to drive online sales (increasing by 39% and 35% year-over-year, respectively).

Furthermore, Adobe predicts that the holiday shopping period known as Cyber Week, which normally extends from Thanksgiving through Cyber Monday, will instead balloon into something described as the entire “Cyber Months” of November and December.

Sales from online shopping will completely shatter records from years past, with an expected 33% year-over-year increase, according to Adobe. (iStock)

Daily online sales, beginning at the start of November, are also expected to surpass $2 billion per day; come Nov. 21, sales are expected to surpass $3 billion per day through Dec. 3.

Not surprisingly, Adobe observed another pandemic-prompted boost in the BOPIS (buy online, pick up in-store) trend, with approximately 50% of sales (at retailers that offer BOPIS or curbside pickup) to be purchased in this fashion by “the week leading up to Christmas.”

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Big-box retailers and online giants won’t be dominating all of the market, though. Adobe’s report claims that smaller, independent retailers will see a boost of 107% in online sales, versus only 84% for larger retailers. Online sales for larger retailers, however, are still growing at a much faster rate when compared to their independent counterparts.

Walmart announced in September that it would be moving away from the “doorbuster” model in 2020, favoring online deals and more sales “spread throughout the season.” (Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

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Adobe predicting an unprecedented boost in online sales isn’t that surprising in unprecedented times: Popular retailers have previously announced their shift away from the traditional “doorbuster” shopping model

Google’s president of commerce shares how retailers can get discovered online this holiday season by using the tech giant’s revamped Shopping platform

  • Because of the pandemic, more retailers and shoppers will be going online for holiday shopping this year.
  • Google has released several updates to its Shopping tab to make it easier for merchants to list their products on Google and get discovered by consumers.
  • Business Insider spoke with Google’s President of Commerce Bill Ready about how merchants can best take advantage of Google’s free tools for retailers.
  • Ultimately, business owners should make sure all their inventory is listed and kept up to date online to aid in discovery and capitalize on consumers’ desires to shop their values and go local this year.

Many of this year’s holiday shoppers will be swapping aisle browsing for website scrolling for the first time ever. And many retailers, especially small businesses, will be moving their sales online for the first time, too.

In time for the big digital season, Google has made some big changes to its Shopping tab in an effort to make its listings more accessible to small and medium-sized retailers, which could be a huge benefit to businesses as the industry enters its longest holiday shopping season ever.

Back in April, Google made it free for all retailers to list themselves on the Shopping tab for the first time. More recently, the tech giant added a “nearby” search filter in September for consumers to find local merchants to buy from. These changes should make it easier for consumers to discover products they want on the Shopping tab.

“We felt we needed to make sure that consumers could find the best products, at the best prices, from the best sellers on Google,” said Bill Ready, Google’s president of commerce, in an interview with Business Insider. “And also to make sure that merchants were able to fully participate, regardless of whether they’re a large retailer or a small business.”

Business Insider spoke with Ready about ways that retailers can build up their online presence on Google Shopping this holiday season, so they can reach customers in a crowded digital marketplace.

Be present

“Given that there’s a much greater number of consumers going online for shopping journeys, first, just be present,” Ready said.

That’s primarily why Google made it free for merchants to get online this year — the company wanted to give merchants the ability to be present online without worrying about cost, while also giving consumers broader search results.

Ready explained the easiest way to be discoverable during a crowded holiday season is for retailers to “make sure they’re making the full catalog and full set of inventory available, which you can do in the Google Merchant Center for free.”

Though new retailers who are making the transition to e-commerce for the first time this holiday season might want to focus on making their website sleek and intuitive for customers, Ready said taking the time to upload their products to Google will aid with discovery of their product and shop.

“When consumers come to Google — as hundreds of millions of consumers do

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COVID-19 Impact: Consumers worry about holiday shipping delays as shopping moves online amid pandemic

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — One of the biggest challenges for shoppers this holiday season could be getting gifts to their destinations on time.

In fact, there’s already a lot of nervousness in the retail industry about whether their deliveries can keep up with demand. As we found out, they aren’t the only ones who are nervous.

Donna Bachmann counts herself as among the nervous ones. She says Federal Express lost five quilts she made last holiday season as gifts.

“We did everything. Everything we could possibly do to track, track it down,” Bachmann said.

The lost shipment left many of her friends and family disappointed.

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Thomas Webster knows that feeling too. He says gifts he bought from Victoria’s Secret, Walmart and Target all arrived to their destinations late.

“It was scheduled to be delivered on December 11. Then they changed it to the 12, the 14, the 17 and then the 20,” said Webster. He says OnTrac delivered some of those gifts as late as January.

Jon Gold is CEO of the National Retail Federation.

“A lot of retailers are telling their customers now that there could be potential delays because of that, that growth in e-commerce and the lack of capacity in the system to handle such growth,” Gold said.

The pandemic has caused a surge in online shopping which could further strain the shipping industry.

Predictions from both Salesforce and Deloitte predict online shopping will increase as much as 34 to 35% over last holiday season.

RELATED: Forget Black Friday: Retailers push for earlier holiday shopping amid COVID pandemic

However both UPS and Federal Express tell 7 On Your Side they will be prepared. Federal Express tells us it is hiring an additional 70,000 seasonal employees for what it calls the “Shipathon.” “We are warmed up and ready to go,” said a spokesperson.

UPS says it’s hiring 100,000 workers for the big rush.

It’s also predicting 1 out of 3 seasonal workers will get permanent jobs.

A data scientist from the University of Illinois predicts both shippers will handle the onslaught.

“They have the system in place already. In essence, they know what to do. They just need to scale it a little higher. I think it’s going to be okay. I don’t anticipate any problems,” said Sheldon Jacobson from the University of Illinois.

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Still, retailers are urging everyone to shop early to ease their worries.

“This year we had to be pre-emptive and start ordering Christmas gifts a couple of months ago,” Thomas Webster said.

“I am concerned. You can’t stop. You have to do it,” said Bachmann.

The Postal Service has not yet announced how many employees it will be hiring. OnTrac did not get back to us.

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The 10 best places to buy jewelry online

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These days it seems like people are buying jewelry more than ever. Whether it’s a simple pair of stud earrings or a statement necklace, a new piece of jewelry can spice up your work from home look for a Zoom call. Plus, unlike shopping for clothes, you don’t have to try anything on—just see something sparkly you like and add to cart—which mitigates the need for returns.

If you’re looking to spice up your jewelry collection, there are a ton of incredible places to shop for rings, necklaces, and earrings online. From the minimalist to the luxurious, these are the 10 best places to buy jewelry online.

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1. Madewell

Simple, yet high-quality pieces are made by Madewell.

Simple, yet high-quality pieces are made by Madewell. (Photo: Madewell)

I’ve personally been a fan of Madewell jewelry for years. The pieces are simple, relatively inexpensive, and go with whatever you’re wearing. Plus, each earring has sterling silver posts, meaning they won’t irritate your ears. There’s a wide variety to choose from, including simple, dainty pieces to more colorful statement pieces and nothing costs more than $100. Favorites from the site include the Chunky Medium Hoop Earrings and the Paperclip Chain Necklace, both of which are timeless in vintage gold plated brass.

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2. Nordstrom

Find some of the most popular jewelry pieces at Nordstrom.

Find some of the most popular jewelry pieces at Nordstrom. (Photo: Nordstrom)

Nordstrom is home to some of the most popular jewelry items on the market from brands like Kate Spade, Kendra Scott, and David Yurman as well as some affordable items from Nordstrom’s own line. Plus, with sales (looking at you Nordstrom Anniversary Sale) you can find some of these items for a great discount. Shoppers love the Kate Spade Initial Pendant Necklace (which makes a great gift) as well as the ever-popular Kendra Scott Birthstone Pendant Necklace. Nordstrom’s Cubic Zirconia Earrings are also a timeless and affordable choice that reviewers recommend.

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3. Mejuri

This affordable brand is still high-quality.

This affordable brand is still high-quality. (Photo: Reviewed / Jackson Ruckar)

This Toronto-based jewelry brand sells a variety of fine and semi-fine pieces without the typical markups found in jewelry stores. Amazing, right? We tried out a few items from Mejuri and found that they were relatively affordable and did not leave any irritation or marks. Our tester also did not notice any tarnish after wearing the 360 Ring daily for months, a testament to its quality. Another favorite is the Editor Hoops, which balances simplicity with elegance.

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4. Etsy

Find pieces handcrafted with love.

Find pieces handcrafted with love. (Photo: Etsy)

From the quirky to the contemporary, Etsy has a ton of handmade and vintage jewelry options that feel more special. While the options may seem endless (because they pretty much are),

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