Pitney Bowes Survey: Amid Supply Chain Warnings and Early Retail Promotions, 42% of US Consumers Have Started Holiday Shopping
Majority of Gen X and Millennial Shoppers Plan to Finish Online Shopping by Black Friday/Cyber Monday; Procrastinators May Be Disappointed by Inventory
Pitney Bowes, a global shipping and mailing company that provides technology, logistics, and financial services, today released new results from its weekly BOXpoll consumer survey, indicating that US consumers are beginning to act on warnings of retailers, shippers and supply chain managers to shop early for the holidays and avoid being caught empty-handed when inventories of coveted items run out.
“While many of the largest retailers have announced holiday promotions starting earlier than ever, large retailers are also in the best position to address inventory and manufacturing supply chain issues”
BOXpoll found that between mid-September and early October, the number of respondents who started holiday shopping jumped from just one-in-four to 42%. In total, Americans have checked off 14% of the items on their holiday shopping lists.
Early holiday promotions from large retailers including Amazon, Amazonand Target represent an effort to pull purchases forward and spread the anticipated high demand for holiday gifts over a longer period of time to ease pressure on the supply chain. Consumers are starting to respond.
“While many of the largest retailers have announced holiday promotions starting earlier than ever, large retailers are also in the best position to address inventory and manufacturing supply chain issues,” said Gregg Zegras, EVP and President, Global Ecommerce at Pitney Bowes. “We are advising our mid-sized and smaller ecommerce clients to pull demand earlier by communicating with consumers more urgently and more often ahead of this holiday season.”
Zegras said the industry would know in the coming weeks if the proactive communications and early promotions are having the desired impact, but so far, consumers appear to be receptive.
Pitney Bowes asked consumers how much of their holiday shopping they’ve already finished—and when they expect to be done.
- Among the 42% of Americans who have started shopping for the holidays, the average consumer has already completed more than a third (38%) of their holiday purchases.
- In all, Americans have completed 14% of the holiday purchases they plan to make.
- Sixty percent of respondents with children have started their holiday shopping, and two-thirds (66%) of respondents with no children have not started.
- Gen X and Millennials are the most likely to pull purchases forward:
- 43% of Millennials plan to finish online shopping by the week of Black Friday, and another 14% during the week of Cyber Monday.
- 42% of Gen X plans to finish their online holiday shopping by the week of Black Friday, and another 10% during the week of Cyber Monday
- By comparison, only 36% of adults overall plan to finish their online holiday shopping by the week of Black Friday
BOXpoll also found that, irrespective of when consumers plan to start their holiday shopping, they plan to do most of it (53%) online.