More retailers pushed people to stores to pick up online orders


A Target store in Culver City, California.

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It was a Christmas for procrastinators.

Target CEO Brian Cornell said one of the biggest trends he spotted this holiday season was the fact that more shoppers were “comfortable shopping later in the season.” Overall U.S. retail sales were also stronger in December, thanks to more people putting off their shopping.

With that, more consumers turned to stores to pick up their last-minute online purchases instead of waiting on packages to arrive in the mail.

On Dec. 24, for example, Cornell said Target prepared nearly five times the number of products for curbside pickup of e-commerce orders compared with a year ago….


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