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Black Friday & Cyber Monday vs The Supply Chain Crisis



With the holiday season among us, the decision between shopping in store or online is crucial to getting your gifts on time

According to the National Retail Federation, an estimated 158.3 million people plan to shop this weekend, which is 2 million more than 2020. 

This also comes with an expected spending total of $28.1 billion, the highest since 2018. 

National Retail Federation President and CEO, Matthew Shay says, “We’re expecting another record-breaking holiday season this year and Thanksgiving weekend will play a major role as it always has,” 

What is Black Friday?

Black Friday is the day for the world to get their hands on the biggest bargains in preparation for the holiday season.

It dates back to the 1960s in Philadelphia when police would complain about the congested streets as people hunted for the best deals for their Christmas shopping.

The term refers to when stores would move from the ‘red’ to the ‘black’ in their accounting records, red indicating a loss and black indicating a profit.

The major shopping event is typically on the Friday after Thanksgiving, meaning that this year it will fall on November 26th.

And if you think you’re reading this too late, not to worry! Retailers are opting to extend their deals, which brings us to Cyber Monday. 

What is Cyber Monday?

Unlike Black Friday which takes place both in store and online, Cyber Monday falls on the Monday after Thanksgiving, meaning this year it will be on November 29.

As indicated in the name, Cyber Monday is an online event, which according to was when most shoppers planned to do their shopping last year.

National Retail Association CEO, Dominique Lamb says “Cyber Monday also continues to grow in leaps and bounds. The pandemic has accelerated the growing trend towards online shopping, which provides consumers with great convenience.”

“We really encourage Aussies to get their online purchases done and dusted on Cyber Monday. Not only will that secure them great deals, but with the delivery system under strain consumers shouldn’t be waiting until the last minute to make online Christmas purchases,” she said.

In Store vs Online

According to the National Retail Federation, 2020 was a record year for online shopping as the number of shoppers passed the 100 million mark which was up 8% from 2019.

This is likely to increase as the world becomes more and more accustomed to doing tasks from the comfort of their own home. 

But making the effort to get out of your pyjamas to go shop in store may be the way to go this holiday season, as the supply chain crisis continues.

As retailers struggle to retrieve their merchandise due to congested shipping ports, the shortage of workers needed to make, unload, and transport products, and thus the strained manufacturers and distributors, getting your Christmas shopping on time may not be possible.

According to FedEx, the Covid-19 pandemic has created record breaking shipment volumes as people choose to avoid the crowds and stay in their pjs, causing major delays. 

These delays will likely be amplified by Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales, which FedEx expects to be the biggest single shopping days of the year.

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Is Bitcoin’s rally here to stay or just another bubble?



A combination of institutional interest, economic uncertainty, growing acceptance, and technological progress is driving Bitcoin’s surge.

Many factors contribute to Bitcoin’s upward momentum. First and foremost, increasing institutional adoption plays a pivotal role. Major companies and financial institutions are showing growing interest in Bitcoin as an asset class, pouring significant investments into it. This legitimizes the cryptocurrency in the eyes of traditional investors.

Additionally, global economic uncertainty and inflation concerns are pushing individuals to seek alternative investments. Bitcoin, with its limited supply and decentralized nature, is emerging as a store of value and a hedge against economic turbulence.

Moreover, growing mainstream acceptance and awareness are fueling demand. More merchants are accepting Bitcoin as a form of payment, making it increasingly accessible to consumers.

Furthermore, technological advancements, such as the Lightning Network, are improving Bitcoin’s scalability and usability, enhancing its attractiveness as a digital currency. #featured #bitcoin

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Will Bitcoin ever be safe as houses?



2024 may become the year that younger investors face this key question. Is it safer to invest in crypto, or to invest in property. Put another way, is Bitcoin as safes as houses?

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Volkswagen, Renault partner to create budget-friendly EVs



Volkswagen and Renault are reportedly considering a groundbreaking collaboration to develop affordable electric cars.

This bold endeavor aims to make electric mobility accessible to a wider audience, addressing one of the key barriers to EV adoption: cost.

The automotive giants are exploring the possibility of co-developing a range of budget-friendly electric vehicles that combine Volkswagen’s engineering prowess with Renault’s electric technology.

This partnership seeks to challenge the dominance of higher-priced electric models, making emissions-free driving a reality for more consumers.

The potential synergy between these two industry giants could revolutionize the EV landscape.

By pooling resources and expertise, they hope to deliver electric cars that not only offer a competitive price point but also meet the stringent quality and safety standards expected from such renowned manufacturers.

As electric vehicles continue to gain traction, the question remains:

Will this collaboration between Volkswagen and Renault pave the way for a more accessible electric future, or will established players in the industry attempt to thwart their ambitions?

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