By: Jim Pettinger
Americans are known worldwide as hard workers who take little time off for holidays and vacations compared to others. However, Thanksgiving is a major exception. The holiday itself is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November, but the preceding week and following weekend are probably more festive and family-oriented for Americans than is Christmas week in other countries. In addition, the growing traditions of “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday” only increase the frenzy around the holiday.
Canadian shoppers and businesses that export should take note: First, border lineups will be longer than any other time of year; check wait times before you go at the link on our website at www.UCanTrade.com. And second, most non-retail businesses are closed on Thursday, November 27th with limited hours on Friday. Consequently, make sure all your U.S. orders are filled and shipped early this week.
NEW this year, all U.S. carriers are offering full services for all shipments on ‘Black’ Friday, November 28th! This comes in response to a significant increase in e-commerce orders which resulted in some late Christmas deliveries last year.
The good news is that, like last year, American internet shoppers will be on their computers for many more hours than usual. In fact, many internet retailers now recognize “Cyber Monday” as a great day to hold major discount sales similar to what their brick and mortar counterparts offer on “Black Friday”.
Happy Thanksgiving to all.
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By: Jim Pettinger