There’s Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Free Shipping Day and Green Monday. Now add “National Returns Day” to the list of days during the holiday season that stand out for one reason or another.
UPS dubbed Jan. 3 National Returns Day because, according to the company’s statistics, it is the biggest day this year for making returns to retailers. UPS expected to ship more than 520,000 returns packages back to retailers that day. During the first week of January, the firm expects to ship 2 million returns packages.
Returns are mounting because of the rapid rise of e-commerce and because of “bracketing,” where consumers buy apparel or shoes in more than one size and return those that don’t fit. Some companies routinely send alternative sizes of the same item, as a service to customers, and expect they’ll return the sizes that don’t fit.
Returns are always highest in January, following all the gift-giving for Christmas and Hanukkah. Based on peak season data and UPS historical data, the company said it can predict the day in January when the highest volume of post-holiday returns will occur. Next year, National Returns Day could fall on another day in January.
Black Friday is the Friday after Thanksgiving, when retailers unleash a battery of deals to spur gift shopping. It’s considered one of the biggest volume days of the year and the traditional kick off for holiday shopping. Cyber Monday is for many retailers their biggest online volume day when they aggressively encourage shopping online. It’s the first Monday after Thanksgiving.
Green Monday was coined by eBay to describe its best sales day in December, which is traditionally the second Monday of December. ComScore defines it as the Monday with at least 10 days prior to Christmas. Free Shipping Day is a day when many retailers offer free shipping and say it’s the last day for guaranteed delivery by Christmas Eve.
Taking the final spot on the mens’ portion of New York Fashion Week calendar next month will be none other than @tomford. Though he’s shown his men’s wear in New York in the past, this will mark the first time the designer has shown his men’s collection alone during New York Fashion Week: Men’s. His runway show will debut on February 6 at the Park Avenue Armory. #wwdfashion
London-based couture house @ralphandrusso has certainly been in the spotlight, having its dresses worn by @beyonce, Angelina Jolie, Meghan Markle in her engagement photos and more. For couture, Tamara Ralph focused on ornamentation — think: feathers with chain mail, jet embroidery and clusters of pearls and crystals. See the rest of the collection on WWD.com #wwdfashion #couture (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)
Minnie Mouse celebrated her 90th birthday by getting her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. For her celebratory luncheon, @coach’s creative director @stuartvevers dressed her in a custom made prairie dress, complete with Vever’s take on the polka dot – black sequined versions – under a cropped motorcycle jacket. The designer also put his own mark on Minnie’s classic red shoes, infusing the color with sparkles and adding some Coach crystals. “We chose colors that were very Minnie and also represented quintessential Coach elements,” said Vevers. #wwdfashion #nationalpolkadotday (📷: George Chinsee)
@nickjonas is unveiling his first-ever apparel collection through a partnership with John Varvatos. The limited-edition capsule, which makes its debut in spring, also marks the first time the designer has collaborated with anyone on a line. “The process in working with Nick is amazing. It’s inspiring to be around someone who is not only connected with the trade that they do, but also with what’s happening in the environment around him, and how that connects to what we do with style,” said Varvatos. (RG: @johnvarvatos) #wwdfashion
@margotrobbie steps out onto the red carpet wearing @miumiu. The actress is nominated for “Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role” in “I, Tonya” at the #SagAwards. (📷: Stewart Cook) #wwdfashion
For @massimogiorgetti of @msgm, the Nineties are his favorite decade. “They had a huge impact on my personal growth. What I like of the Nineties is that they are not so precise in terms of style as other decades…there was actually a bit of everything,” he said. As seen on MSGM’s Spring 2018 show: tie-dye and a bit of grunge, two styles that are synonymous with the decade #wwdfashion #wwddecades (📷: @kukukuba)