Customers Are Expected to Pull Back on Holiday Spending. Here’s How to Adapt

Customers Are Expected to Pull Back on Holiday Spending. Here’s How to Adapt

Shoppers are expected to spend less than they did last year, but some smart promotions can help you earn their dollars.

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This holiday season, it’s all about quality over quantity–and flexibility over everything else.


Shoppers are pulling back on spending, with overall retail sales anticipated to increase by just 4 to 6 percent in the holiday season, according to a new report by the London-based advisory firm Deloitte. That compares with last year’s 15.1 percent increase in holiday season sales.


What’s more, inflation may prevent businesses from cutting prices to attract more customers–in fact, many have been unable to avoid price increases. And higher prices could lead shoppers to make fewer purchases, though Daniel Bachman, Deloitte’s U.S. economic forecaster, notes that businesses may benefit from increased prices.


Another interesting stat? This holiday season, e-commerce sales are expected to increase by 12.8 to 14.3 percent compared with the 2021 holiday season, the report adds. That’s likely the result of customers changing their shopping habits to look for the best deals, says Nick Handrinos, Deloitte’s U.S. retail, wholesale and distribution, and consumer products leader. “Retailers across channels who remain aligned with consumer demand and offer convenient and affordable options can be well positioned for success this season.”


They might consider other tactics to lure customers, too. Because shoppers are expected to start holiday buying early this year to save money, consider adjusting your inventory strategy to meet demand and roll out careful marketing that encourages customers to do their gift-buying now.


For businesses that are dealing with excess inventory, bundle deals can help retailers simultaneously cut down on unwanted goods and encourage shoppers to buy more–so long as the bundle deals make sense, Alan Andrew Scheller-Wolf, a professor of operations management at Carnegie Mellon University, previously told IncBusinesses might not find success bundling a bookshelf with a flat screen TV, but bundling a flat screen TV with a gaming console might make for an enticing offer.

Promoting premium goods may also attract customers, who want to prioritize quality over quantity. This tactic can help smaller businesses that can’t compete with the pricing strategies of bigger companies, Erica Pietrzyk, founder of the Detroit-based Pietrzyk Pierogitold Inc. in August. “Some people are looking to get more value out of what they’re spending on, versus having more of something.”


Something else to consider

As we all know, any downturn doesn’t last forever.  The important things to remember are


1. Make it easy for your customers to make a purchase.  Take a close look at the obstacles you put customers through and see if any can be eliminated or made less cumbersome.  Trust me, customers will continue to return to businesses where they are made to feel important and welcomed.


2. Try to incorporate something unique and different into your service or product mix.  It doesn’t have to be a large investment, just something that helps you stand out from your competition.


Are you and your customers on the same track? Are your associates turning your customers into advocates or assigns. We can give you insight into your customer’s experience and expectations. We can even provide you with your competitors service experience as it relates to yours. Ready to learn more? We’re here to help so give us a call.