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Dec. 5, 2013 - Bilbo Baggins' journey through Middle-earth resumes on December 13, and Warner Bros. Consumer Products (WBCP) has teamed up with their roster of global licensees to create an array of offerings inspired by the second film of The Hobbit Trilogy, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, a production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM). From Academy Award-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug returns fans to the world of Middle-earth and will be supported by global licensees across multiple categories, including toys, apparel, publishing and more.

Read more: Warner Bros. unveils worldwide licensing program for The Hobbit sequel

Consumers buying online value stress-free, on-time delivery says GT Nexus survey; 70% of consumers expect delivery of goods bought online within four days, while just 3% have purchased goods using social media

Dec. 4, 2013 – Current consumer behavior indicates that most of us are more concerned with how well retailers are able to deliver goods according to our preferences than we are about ordering via social media channels. Despite the hype surrounding the retail industry’s need to focus investment on new shopping channels such as mobile and social media, a GT Nexus online survey, conducted in association with global polling company YouGov, tells a different story.

Read more: Consumer retail habits, preferences and pain points

December 3, 2013 - There has been a lot of analysis and news flying around since Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday 2013 have come and gone. Here is just a bit of the news that has been floating around out there.

Read more: Holiday Highlights

Dec. 2, 2013 - Savings.com, a leading source for coupons, deals and expert shopping tips, today revealed the best Cyber Monday deals for online shoppers. Deals were handpicked by Savings.com deal experts and ranked by factoring in overall brand and product appeal, and deepest discounts.

Read more: Savings.com Reveals 30 Best Deals For Cyber Monday

November 27, 2013 - Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday and beyond, so many shoppers out there will be searching and searching for the best deal to buy their loved ones that special gift this holiday season. The growing trend of online shopping has shown no signs of slowing down. In a current study, 47% of consumers will online shop this holiday season, an all-time high , E-Marketer also released a study that ecommerce holiday spending during November and December will total $61.8 billion, up $8 billion compared to 2012.

So with the influx of consumers looking to the web for the best deals, where are they going to find them?

“Our new website is designed to highlight all of the features that differentiate CouponCabin.com from other websites; most significantly, our focus on delivering quality over quantity,” President and Chief Savings Officer of CouponCabin.com Jackie Warrick said.

Read more: Holiday Deals? Check out CouponCabin

Maritz Loyalty Marketing 2013 Gift Buying Omi Survey says holiday shoppers’ generosity extends beyond friends and family - to themselves.

November 26, 2013 - One third of holiday shoppers will be buying gifts for themselves this year, while spending the rest of the budget on friends and family. This is one of the findings from the Maritz Loyalty Marketing 2013 Gift Buying Omi Survey. In November 2013, 1,000 consumers participated in an online survey to share their insights on gift buying for the holiday season as well as in general.

Read more: Feeling Generous This Year?

Nov. 25, 2013 – As the season of giving approaches, the National Basketball Association (NBA) will launch a comprehensive “NBA Give BIG” program that aims to encourage great work in the community during the holidays. The message is simple: Give. Share. Inspire.

Today, the league introduced its first-ever social media photo mosaic at www.NBA.com/NBAGiveBIG to celebrate and inspire charitable efforts around the world. By using the hashtag #NBAGiveBIG on Twitter and Instagram, fans can join the teams, players and all members of the NBA family by sharing photos, videos and stories from their seasonal community projects from Nov. 25 through Dec. 31.

Read more: NBA tips off season of giving with “NBA Give BIG”

November 25, 2013 - Brand Licensing Europe, the Advanstar organized exhibition, today announced that is it moving the dates of its 2014 show forward by one week, to be held from October 7-9, 2014. This is a week earlier than the dates previously announced at the recently completed 15th edition of Europe’s premier Licensing forum.

Read more: BLE announces new dates for 2014