Amazon (AMZN +1.7%) will start labeling promotions on its website as "Black Friday" deals beginning tomorrow.
The company will offer two deals of the day through December 22 and more than 15K lightning deals.
Prime members will get the first crack at some of Amazon's promotions.
What to watch: Most retail analysts and economists have a forecast of 4.0%-4.3% growth for holiday sales which factors in promotional activity at last year's level. Any extra discounting/promotions push from the sector could take sales below estimates.
Walgreen (WAG +1.7%) CFO Timothy McLevish will deliver a presentation at the Credit Suisse Healthcare conference on November 12.
The talk from the exec could be an important one, according to analysts.
Fresh insight on the Alliance Boots integration, the forecasting error allegedly made by McLevish's predecessor, the impact of CVS Caremark's tobacco/health strategy, and Apple Pay could all be on the agenda.
Marriott International (MAR -0.4%) has signed content deals with superstars from YouTube and Snapchat in an effort to build an entertainment platform that attracts younger travelers to the Marriott brand, according to Variety.
YouTuber Jack Harries and Snapchat contributor/film director Casey Neistat are included in the list of entertainers set to feed Marriott Content Studio.
The Barbie vs. Elsa sales trend looks to be extending into the holiday season.
Hasbro (HAS +1.2%), Jakks Pacific (JAKK -1.4%), and Disney (DIS +1.3%) all saw a powerful sales boost from Frozen-related doll sales in Q3, while Mattel's (MAT +2.1%) Barbie brand slumped during the quarter.
A scan of Google search tallies indicates Elsa is still taking Barbie market share just ahead of the crucial holiday season.
Barnes & Noble (NYSE:BKS) says it will launch a science-oriented toy and games center in select stores.
What to watch: The initiative falls in line with a plan by B&N to increase store traffic by focusing on experience over online price-matching. It's a strategy that some analysts think is working quite well for the retail chain.