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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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Amazon to axe 9,000 jobs



This is the second round of layoffs for the company in the past six months

Online retailer Amazon has revealed it will be cutting a further 9,000 jobs.

This is the second round of layoffs for the company this year, after axing a total of 18,000 jobs over the past six months.

It’s on the back of a possible economic recession and tightened conditions.

“Given the uncertain economy in which we reside, and the uncertainty that exists in the near future, we have chosen to be more streamlined in our costs and headcount.” CEO Andy Jassy said in a company memo.

Amazon follows Meta – becoming the second tech giant to announce a second round of cuts.

The layoffs are concentrated on the company’s cloud services, advertising and Twitch units.

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Major central banks announce U.S.Dollar flow boost



This is to help credit flowing households and business

The U.S. Federal Reserve and several other major central banks have announced a co-ordinated effort to boost the flow of U.S. Dollars.

The aim is to keep credit flowing to households and businesses, and improve conditions that are tightening due to rising interest rates.

Market turmoil over the past fortnight has made it harder for investors to borrow money.

Two U.S. banks have failed, while Credit Suisse has been rescued by UBS.

“The Bank of Canada, the Bank of England, the Bank of Japan, the European Central Bank, the Federal Reserve, and the Swiss National Bank are today announcing a coordinated action to enhance the provision of liquidity,” the central banks released in a joint statement.

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Credit Suisse rescued by UBS



The two institutions have been discussing it over the weekend, with Swiss financial regulators

Troubled bank Credit Suisse has been rescued by rival UBS in a government-backed deal.

The announcement comes after a weekend of emergency talks between the two banks and Switzerland’s financial regulators.

UBS will pay ₣3 billion Swiss Francs for the 167-year-old institution, and the Swiss National Bank will also provide a liquidity assistance of up to ₣110 billion.

Switzerland’s President Alain Berset says the move was necessary.

“This is one of great breadth for the stability of international finance,” Berset said.

“An uncontrolled collapse of Credit Suisse would lead to incalculable consequences for the country and the international financial system.”

Switzerland’s Finance Minister Karin Keller-Sutter argues the nation had to take responsibility for what has happened to Credit Suisse over the past few weeks, and help steer the financial situation to steady waters.

“We regret that the bank, which was once a model institution in Switzerland and part of our strong location, was able to get into this situation at all,” Keller-Sutter asserted.

Credit Suisse suffered losses following the failure of two smaller U.S. institutions over the past fortnight.

The UBS Group Chairman says his organisation’s aim will be to stabilise proceedings, for both clients and the markets.

“This acquisition is attractive for UBS shareholders but, let us be clear, as far as Credit Suisse is concerned, this is an emergency rescue,” Colm Kelleher declared.

“We have structured a transaction which will preserve the value left in the business while limiting our downside exposure.

“Acquiring Credit Suisse’s capabilities in wealth, asset management and Swiss universal banking will augment UBS’s strategy of growing its capital-light businesses.

“The transaction will bring benefits to clients and create long-term sustainable value for our investors,” Kelleher said.

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