How’s Your Back-To-School Shopping Going?

Can you believe that summer is almost over? I just started back-to-school shopping – and my kids are in a state of disbelief. They can’t understand that our schools will be back in session in just a few weeks. I tell them that kids in other parts of the country are already back in school, but that doesn’t seem to make them feel any better. LOL.

The back-to-school shopping season is one of the busiest times for retailers. According to the National Retail Federation, total spending for K-12 and college is expected to reach $75.8 billion this year, up about 11.5% from last year’s $68 billion.

According to the National Retail Federation, households with children in grades K-12 plan to spend an average $673.57 on apparel and accessories, electronics, shoes and school supplies, up from last year’s $630.36, for a total of $27.3 billion. On average, $235.39 will be spent on clothing, $204.06 on electronics, $126.35 on shoes, and $107.76 on school supplies.

Meanwhile, college students and families with children in college plan to spend an average of $888.71, according to the National Retail Federation. On average, electronics spending will be $211.33, apparel and accessories $137.29, dorm furnishings $114.21, food $105.88, personal care items $78.03, shoes $70.39, and school supplies $64.64.

How is your back-to-school shopping going? Let me know!

I will be on vacation next week. We are taking the family to Disney World, so I won’t be posting anything on the blog. But I will have a new posting the following week.

Enjoy the last few weeks of the summer season, and I’ll talk to you soon!

Have a great day!

NCP’s Offsite Meeting News!

I just wanted to let you know the NCP team had an offsite meeting this week.  (We also went to a Mets game on Thursday!) At the meeting we brain-stormed ideas on how to better communicate with you as well as some enhancements we can add to the NCPMobile App.

It was a very productive meeting, and we’re sure it will help make your participation on the panel even better!

If you ever have any ideas you’d like to share, please let me know by going to

As for the Mets game, well, they lost 9 – 0, so that wasn’t much fun. But it was great hanging out with the NCP staff. We have a great group of people here!

Well, I know it’s very hot in our area; hopefully it’s not too bad where you live.

So stay cool, my friends!

Let The Games Begin!

Today is the first day of the Rio Summer Olympics. I can’t wait to see my favorite sports, gymnastics and swimming. It’s always a treat to see these great athletes in action!

I know many of you will also be watching the games, because they are always a big TV ratings draw. In fact, according to The Nielsen Company, these are the top 10 most watched events in U.S. television history:

  1. London Olympics (2012): 219.4 million
  2. Beijing Olympics (2008): 215 million
  3. Atlanta Olympics (1996): 209 million
  4. Lillehammer Olympics (2004): 203 million
  5. Athens Olympics (2004): 203 million
  6. Seoul Olympics (1988): 194 million
  7. Barcelona Olympics (1992): 192 million
  8. Vancouver Olympics (2010): 190 million
  9. Salt Lake City Olympics (2002): 187 million
  10. Sydney Olympics (2000): 185 million

This year’s Olympics will be hard to miss: I’ve read that the networks and digital platforms of NBCUniversal will broadcast 6,755 hours of Olympic programming. Of that, 2.084 hours will be broadcast on NBC’s various TV networks. NBC itself will broadcast 260.5 hours.

So take some time out of your busy day and make sure to root for the USA!

Have a great day.