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7 Retail Experts Keeping You Up-to-Date this Holiday


Danielle Cassagnol, CEA


Holiday forecasts suggest the holiday shopping season that lies before us will be the biggest on record. According to CEA’s holiday retail outlook, overall spending this holiday season is expected to increase 3.4 percent to reach $788.5 billion, with spending on tech predicted to reach nearly $34.2 billion, a growth of 2.3 percent. Yet, economic concerns linger, so it is important to stay up-to-date on all the holiday retail news.
 
Here are seven retail experts to follow on Twitter to keep you informed this holiday shopping season:
 
1.    @ADInnocenzio, Associated Press
 
Anne D'Innocenzio covers national retail for The Associated Press and is first to the scene with breaking news in retail.
 
Can’t miss holiday coverage: Amazon boosts holiday hiring, signaling shift in retail jobs
 
2.    @sarahhalzack, Washington Post
 
National retail reporter for the Washington Post, Sarah Halzack digs in to how tech is influencing retail behavior while keeping tabs on the major retail players.
 
Holiday coverage you need to know: ‘Star Wars’ fans pounce on Force Friday, snap up new toys
 
3.    @hadleypdxdc, USA TODAY
 
Business reporter for USA Today, Hadley Malcom covers retail, food and what Millennials do with their money.
 
2015 holiday coverage: Staples reverses course, will close stores on Thanksgiving Day
 
4.    @HirokoTabuchi, The New York Times
Hiroko Tabuchi writes for The New York Times about Japanese economics, business and technology with valuable insights into how tech influences retail.

Tech and retail coverage: Tommy Hilfiger Introduces Virtual Reality Headsets for Shoppers

5.    @lfheller, FierceRetail
 
As a self-proclaimed retail geek and executive editor for FierceRetail, you don’t want to miss Laura Heller’s insights on the future of retail.
 
What you need to know: Black Friday will be No.1 for sales and traffic
 
6.    @tgarcianyc, MarketWatch

Tonya Garcia is following the holiday shopping reason closely for MarketWatch with a focus throughout the year on retail and consumer-oriented companies.

Can’t miss coverage: Retailers not ready for wave of online shoppers picking up purchases at stores

7.    @KrystinaGustafs, CNBC
 
As the content editor for CNBC, Krystina Gustafson is up to the minute with the business, spending and economic factors influencing the holiday shopping season.
 
Pertinent holiday coverage: The business behind Thanksgiving Day shopping
 
Keep up to date with all of CEA’s holiday research throughout the season at CE.org/holiday.


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