Veteran journalist Carl Hoffman believes he’s solved one of the great mysteries of the 20th century. In 1961 at the age of 23, Michael Rockefeller – son of New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller and a member of one of the richest and most powerful families in America ¬– travelled to remote New Guinea in search of primitive art for his father’s new museum.
Holiday Shopping Habits Change
Central Ohioans who have already completed their holiday shopping are on the cutting edge of the latest trend. And, one Ohio State University Marketing expert says early shopping is the biggest change in consumer shopping behaviour.
O-S-U Marketing professor, Rao Unnava says as shoppers hit the stores early this year, retailers are happy to accomodate them. “Surveys have shown that only about 25 percent of people wait until December to do their shopping which explains the huge sales that are taking place even today.”
Unnave predicts a robust shopping season for Columbus area retailers with sales up slightly over last year. But, one local retail analyst disagrees. The president of Boulevard Strategies, Chris Boring predicts high gasoline prices and heating costs, the chance of lay-offs, and warmer than usual weather this fall paint a less than rosy scenario for local merchants.