courtney reagan has more. >> reporter: for millionsf justren in the u.s. school let out for the summer, but ck o-school shopping is starting soon andec expted to peak later this month and in early august. that's when more than half of annual school-related spending happens and a new sur fym deloitte forecasts the total spent, nearly $28 billion, will be on par with last year. it doesn't mean the consumer isn't healthy, but rather the back-to-school supplies are largely commodity type items. a pencil is a pencil forsthe mo part. that ups the ante for retailers. >> you have to be sharper ins te of what the proposition is for the consumer. one of the questions we always ask ispoell us what is ant to you in terms of picking either the venue or the specific brand thatin you're sho we hear over and over, it is price, it is product, it is convenient. >> reporter: nearly 90% of s shoppersay mass merchants, retailers like walmart and target, are the top destination for olback-to-scho arene retailers like amazon now the second shopping preference for back-to-school.
here is courtney reagan. >> reporter: the firstalf of 2019 has been rough for retail, but with back t school and the holidays, the second half unknownsore and the are piling up. first, tariffs and trade. manyn retailers have b working for years to move manufacturing out of china, but it still is the number one sourcing location for u.s.-bound clothing and shoes. if a new round of h tariffss shows categories, shopps may face higher prices at places like macy's and steve madden in time for christmas. second, shipping wars, walmart, amazon and target a racing to deliver faster. amazon i spending 8 hadn't million dollars in just one quarter to get closer to e-y shipping for prime members. walmart is expanding one-dapp free shig without a membership to more city as the year goes on, and target is offering same-day shipping for $10. third, store closure. around 7,000 store closures have already beenhi announced t year, outpacing all of 2018. core site research projects total closures couldit 12,000 by end of the year, opening up opportunity for those left. for nightly business report" i'm c
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