Strong Boxing Day Sales Didn’t Save Retailers

The Australian Retailers Association executive director Russell Zimmerman reports Boxing Day Sales in Australia have exceeded expectations.

Boxing Day Sales

Boxing Day Sales

“For Boxing Day Sales we forecast $2 billion worth of sales and I’m absolutely certain we would have exceeded that,” said Mr Zimmerman. “Every retailer I’ve spoken with has said they’ve had a better-than-expected day, so that’s good news for the retail industry.”

Despite slow sales in the lead up to Christmas, Mr Zimmerman said last minute gift shopping had lifted Christmas sales a lot closer to the Australian Retailers Association forecast of $45 billion in sales over the Christmas period. “Basically from Friday 19 December we started to see Christmas sales turn positive”, said Mr Zimmerman.

But the good news for listed retailers on the Australian stock market stopped there. Myer dropped another 3.75 percent, down to a near record low of $1.42. Reject Shop dropped 2.5 percent, Harvey Norman was 2 percent down, Super Retail lost 2.1 percent and JB Hi-Fi dropped a bit over 1 percent by the end of the  day

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Is it Okay to Re Gift? Thousands do it

ING Direct ran a recent survey on the subject of re gifting and found an astonishing 23 percent of people in Australia plan to re gift unwanted Christmas presents this year.

Pass The Gift

Pass The Gift

The survey questionned 1015 Australian households and discovered re gifting was most popular among Gen Y and families with children.

“We’ve never had a case of re gifting as far as we know,” said Sam from Gift Of The Month Clubs, “because a gift recipient’s address would have to be changed to receive their monthly gift deliveries – and this hasn’t happened this Christmas or last Christmas so we think it’s a good sign.”

Western Australia had the lowest re gifting statistics at 17 percent and New South Wales had the highest with a whopping 27 percent saying they will re gift over Christmas.

But re gifting doesn’t always end well. For example people forget to remove or don’t see cards inside gift boxes and gift wrapping paper. So when the new gift recipient opens their re gifted present a card adressed to someone else mysteriously appears which has the potential to cause awkward moment to say the least. Or what about the people who have re gifted to someone who gave them the gift in the first place.

However the more encouraging news in the spriti of giving is the survey found more than 80 percent of Australian women will pretend to like or love an unwanted gift for fear of hurting someones feelings.

“A gift is much more than the transaction”, said Sam. “So if someone has gone to the trouble of finding, buying and giving someone a gift the least a person can do is thank them genuinely for thinking of them and making the effort in the first place.”

So what do you think – Are there times when it’s okay to re gift?

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Boxing Day Sales

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The Best Last Minute Christmas Gifts! Online

Christmas is here and tomorrow is the big day. But if you haven’t sorted your Christmas gifts by now we’ve got the best last minute Christmas gifts in Australia, online and available now with no shipping worries.

The Best Last Minute Christmas Gifts

The Best Last Minute Christmas Gifts

Step 1.
Go to the Gift Of The Month Clubs gift ideas page.

Step 2.
Select a gift of the month club your gift recipient would be delighted to receive. For example, do they like beer? Silly question we know. So give someone a membership to the Beer Of The Month Club where members receive a different pack of hard to find craft beer every month for 3, 6 or 12 months!

Or select the Wine Of The Month Club for wine drinkers, Flower Of The Month Club for her, Coffee Of The Month Club for friends and family with coffee machines and more.

Step 3.
When you’ve decided on the best club for your gift recipient, create a free E Gift Card on the BUY NOW page and send it direct to your gift recipient’s email address or to your email address to print and present at a later time.

And the magic continues for months after the big day – because in the last week of January and every month after your gift recipient will receive a different pack of hard to find craft beer, boutique bottle of wine,  florist designed flowers and more depending on the club you choose.

It’s the gift that keeps on giving when other gifts are gone and forgotten.

Merry Christmas and have a Happy New Year!
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The 12 Days of Christmas – Christmas Carol

Who doesn’t love a Christmas Carol? And the 12 Days of Christmas is one of the best.

But everybodys different right? So here’s the classic version for listening to in the morning and an after dinner version for a bit of fun in the afternoon.

12 Days of Christmas – Christmas Carol

12 Days of Christmas - Christmas Carol - After dinner version
12 Days of Christmas – Christmas Carol – After dinner version

Merry Christmas from Gift Of The Month Clubs
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What’s your favorite Christmas Movie?

Christmas has truly arrived when the Christmas movies start in December. And usually it’s a Christmas movie we’ve seen before. But it doesn’t matter because these movies are classics and make up a wonderful part of Christmas.

Elf Movie

Elf Movie

So we started thinking – What are the most popular Christmas movies of all time?

Note: The below list has some of the most popular Christmas movies of all time. But remember it’s just one list. So don’t worry if your favorite movie isn’t listed or isn’t at the top! Because we’re sure we missed a few and more.

Number 1
It’s a wonderful life

Number 2
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

Number 3
A Charlie Brown Christmas

Number 4
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Number 5
Home Alone

Number 6
Elf

Number 7
Frosty the Snowman

Number 8
How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Number 9
Miracle on 34th Street

Number 10
A Christmas Story

So was favorite Christmas movie on the list? Apologies in advance :)(:

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Hate Christmas Crowds? Shop Here

If you’re like most of us you probably dread the thought of driving around shopping center car parks at Christmas time searching for a parking spot. And when you finally get a spot and make your way inside you have to dodge, weave and bob to get from one end of a store to the other. Not too mention the fun of waiting in lines. So if you’ve left all or some of you’re Christmas shopping to the last minute, there’s not a lot of choice now that online shipping times have passed, or is there?

Christmas Crowds

Christmas Crowds

Well the good news is if you answered yes to the above you can still buy your Christmas gifts online at Gift Of The Month ClubsBut isn’t it too late for shipping to arrive in time for Christmas? Well yes at other online stores. But not Gift Of The Month Clubs  because you can now create a free E Gift Card on the BUY NOW page to send to your gift recipient direct or yourself to print or forward at a later time. And come January your first gift of the month will arrive at your gift recipient’s home or office when other gifts are gone and forgotten.

“It’s the gift that keeps on giving”

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Worried About Online Shipping Deadlines for Christmas Gifts? We’ve Got You Covered

Australian shoppers are using the convenience of online shopping for Christmas gifts more and more. But if you leave it too late, like now, your Christmas gift wont arrive because of online shipping deadlines. So how can you have your cake and eat it too?

No Christmas Shipping Deadlines Here

No Christmas Shipping Deadlines Here

I know. Give someone a membership to a Gift Of The Month Club where you can create a free E-gift Card and send it direct to your gift recipient or enter your email address instead to print and or forward  at a later time.

And then the magic continues. Because every month your gift recipient will receive a different pack of craft beer, wine, coffee, florist designed flowers and more for the duration of their membership.

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It’s the gift that keeps on giving when other online gifts run out of time for Christmas!

Whos the boss? Think about it

The old adage used to be “the customer is always right” which is true to a certain extent. But this thinking has evolved over time, perhaps to the stage now of over correcting itself with business owners and managers failing to understand who the boss really is. And the confusion seems to be from bosses who are are more interested in their image of self importance above excelling in business. And invariably end up paying for it time and time again.

Egomania gone wrong

Richard Branson
Quote, in relation to setting realistic customer expectations,
“The key is to set realistic customer expectations, and then not to just meet them, but to exceed them — preferably in unexpected and helpful ways. If you are seizing on a new business opportunity, deliberately move your customers’ expectations up a few notches and consistently over-deliver on your promises — you will leave your competitors struggling to catch up.”

And in regards to customer service being a differentiator, Richard said in a recent article, “Look, I think that when we started Virgin Atlantic 30 years ago, we had one 747 competing with the airlines that had an average of 300 planes each. Every single one of those have gone bankrupt because they didn’t have customer service. They had might, but they didn’t have customer service, so customer service is everything in the end.”

Most bosses know and talk about customer service, but are they practising what they preach?

For example, we made a trade order last week for some of our  Christmas deliveries and requested payment details from the supplier (under a prepayment agreement). But through no fault of our own they didn’t provide us their payment details or give them to us on delivery. So the day after delivery the manager of the company called me to request payment. I said “no worries, just forward your payment details to such and such and you’ll receive it by lunch today or tomorrow at the latest”.

Joe (the supplier) replied, “We must have payment by lunch time!” I said, “Joe, I’ve asked you personally and other members of your business for your payment details multiple times over the last week and”, Joe started talking over me and said the word trust and I replied, “hey Joe, you’ll get paid by lunch today or by tomorrow at the latest, and I’ve been trying to pay you for a week now”, and the call ended.

An hour or so later (after we made payment) I sent Joe a text to let him know we had made payment – And reminded him that we had tried several times over the last week to make payment as agreed.  He called me immediately and said, “Did you make payment?” I said “Yes”. He then said, “We’ve never had a problem getting paid in over 6 years of doing business” bla bla bla and by the end of the conversation I decided not to deal with Joe’s company again.

I mean, what did Joe have to gain by acting like this? Did he expect a paying customer to accept his venting (like perhaps his staff probably have to and worse) when we can just go somewhere else? Instead, Joe should have just acknowledged we had tried to get their payment details prior to delivery and perhaps made a no big deal apology and thanked us for being a valuable customer.

Lesson learnt. The person paying is probably the boss.

Cheers
Rob from Gift Of The Month Clubs

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