U.S. media spending rose modestly in the first quarter to just under 3%, according to Standard Media Index. While the market was up 2.8%, the media research company notes that the first-quarter growth rate was the slowest since 2011. National TV witnessed only a 0.9% hike. Broadcast networks were up 2.4%, while cable networks sank 0.7%. SMI says the automotive industry was a major factor, with a decline of 12.4% in spending. Older traditional media witnessed major declines, with radio down 13.4%, magazines, off 10.9% and newspapers sinking 21.4%. click Read More below for more of the story
Staples, Inc. is offering great solutions to save time and money this holiday season, and giving customers more time to enjoy. While Staples stores will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, Staples.com will offer can’t-miss deals so customers can fill their carts without leaving their homes.
On Black Friday, exclusive in-store deals will begin at 7 a.m. in the majority of locations and where states allow. Visit Staples.com for the most up-to-date location and hours information.
“We know that the holidays are a special time for creating memories with loved ones and at Staples we want to ensure that on Thanksgiving Day our customers and associates are able to do so,” says Steve Matyas, Chief Executive Officer, Staples Retail. “For customers looking to relax while shopping from home on Thanksgiving Day, we’re proud to offer a wide range of convenient and flexible shopping options with amazing deals on Staples.com.”
This holiday season, let Staples handle the details with:
•Buy online at Staples.com and pick up in store on Black Friday or any day
•In-store Pack & Ship: Staples stores offer a three-in-one punch with gifting, packaging and UPS® shipping support all in one spot
•Personalize gifts and cards with some being available the same day through Staples Print and Marketing Services
•Free Next Day Shipping on Staples.com orders of $49.99 or more (Order must be placed by 5 p.m. local time. Excludes weekend and holidays.)