Of course, stores may also be loading up on shipments from China now to avoid the new tariffs which will be taking effect in 2019. However, I think that most stores don't stockpile goods just to have inventory on hand, so the information is a good clue as to what stores will be selling on Black Friday and the rest of the holiday season.
Other things mentioned in the article:
- "Amazon ordered 50 containers full of Paw Patrol Ultimate toy fire trucks".
- "Target shipped 32,000 Razor A2 Elite scooters, 24,375 Sunbeam microwave ovens and 30,798 18-quart turkey roasters."
- Amazon "imported 4,000 containers of mattresses, a 397 percent increase from last year. That's 1.6 million mattresses, assuming 400 fit on a container."
- Walmart ordered 120 containers of Secret Treasures Women's Super Mink Plush Sleep Robes, for a total of 70,000 robes."
- Walmart also shipped "over 100 containers of 65 TCL 4K HDR 120HZ ROKU Smart LED" televisions.
- Sears "has 102 containers filled with 102,000 units of their Craftsman 22-inch Toolbox with Tray-Black/Red".
- Macy's "ordered 17 containers holding Crux 2.6-quart air fryers."
- Macy's also shipped 30 containers of sofas.
"Retailers place Black Friday bets on plush bathrobes, mattresses, toys and scooters" by Lori Ann LoRocco, cnbc.com, November 2, 2018.