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Back To School Shopping: SWFL Businesses Expect Record Sales

Jul 29, 2021 4:50:39 PM / by Larry Julius

There are 142,800 school-aged children in the Southwest Florida area.  Based on forecasts from the National Retail Federation (NRF), local parents are expected to spend a record $139.7 million to prepare these kids to return to the classroom this fall. 

Overall, the NRF expects back-to-school shoppers to spend almost 10% more in 2021 than they did last year.

“The pandemic forced parents and their school-aged children to quickly adapt to virtual learning, and they did it with an incredible amount of resolve and flexibility,” NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said. “We enter the new school year with plans to return to the classroom and retailers are prepared to help Americans find and purchase whatever they need to make this transition as seamless as possible.”

According to the NRF, more than 51% of parents have already started buying for their K-12 students.  But, for Fort Myers-Naples area business owners there is still time to benefit.

The NRF reports that nearly 76% of K-12 shoppers are still waiting on lists of school supplies needed. On average, consumers have only completed 18% of the shopping.

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Is Your SWFL Small Business Ready For Back-To-School?

Jul 19, 2019 6:26:00 AM / by Larry Julius

The National Retail Federation has predicted that this year's back-to-school shopping season will set a new record. Households with school-age children are expected to spend, on average, $696.70 preparing their kids for the first day of classes. This tops the previous record set in 2012.

For Southwest Florida small business owners, this means there is $162,864,000 of back-to-school bucks in play between now and the first bell of the school year.

According to the NRF, here's how the $696.70 per household will be spent.

  • Clothing & Accessories: $239.82
  • Computers & Electronics: $203.44
  • Shoes: $135.96
  • School Supplies: $117.49

To grab the largest share of back-to-school spending will require small business owners to advertise.  By any metric, advertising on Fort Myers radio stations will be the most effective.  Here's why.

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