With the official holiday season kicking off this week, it leads me to wonder what your business plans are? Will you be open over Thanksgiving, Hanukkah (which starts December 6), Christmas and New Year’s Eve?
Though retailers would have us believe the holiday season begins in early November with their barrage of music and festive displays, to me, the official start is this week when millions of Americans take to the roads.
Approximately 42 million Americans are expected to take a road trip this Thanksgiving, according to the AAA. Drivers are expected to pay the lowest pump prices for the Thanksgiving holiday since 2008. Does this mean more traffic for your business? Are you feeling positive about the outcome holiday travel will have on your bottom line? Or are you pessimistic that there will be no impact on business?
Traditionally, it appears as though the winter months show a drop-off in demand for AGRR services … but I wonder will there be an uptick around the holidays? I saw the reports of glass damage that occurred around Halloween. And I wonder if crime will also play a factor? While it’s the time for giving, it also seems like the time for taking—valuable objects left in plain sight in vehicles often vanish.
Personally, I’ll be staying in this year. A good friend is coming to visit and we’ll be celebrating in a non-traditional style this week. But for many, the holidays are a time of tradition. Part of that tradition appears to be sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic.
As a regular- to large-sized business owner, taking time off seems like a precious commodity. Is there someone in place to watch your business while you’re gone? What about the weary traveler who encounters unexpected glass damage? Are there enough of these to make a difference to your bottom line to keep you open?