As you begin your holiday shopping—perhaps Thanksgiving night or Black Friday—you can expect to find some great deals this year. Retailers are fighting harder to get customers and that means more sales. Kyle Jackson, Georgia State Director of the National Federation of Independent Business, says retailers started their holiday promotions early to compensate, and more small businesses are using social media to reach customers.
Georgians looking to pick up some extra work for the holidays probably won’t see more opportunity to do that this year than in recent years. Retailers are forecasting about 20,000 seasonal jobs in Georgia for October, November and December, according to the Georgia Retail Association. That tracks closely with last year’s hiring.
Early holiday sales forecasts look positive for the nation’s stores, with the National Retail Federation predicting 4 percent growth. Georgia retailers expect even healthier growth in the final months of the year.
The traditional Black Friday holiday shopping rush is off-and-running in many parts of the state. Many department stores and so-called “big box” retailers already have their doors open to shoppers, with some unlocking their doors at 4 a.m.