On November 20, 2018, an employee at a Walmart store in Chicago is working on a scene before Black Friday.
Kamil Krzaczynski | Reuters
For shoppers who are unable to attend with Black Friday traditions, Walmart said Wednesday it still plans to hold in-store events with a deeper discount.
Yet holiday sales days come with epidemiological precautions. The shops will open at 5 a.m. local time. Customers must deploy a single file before entering. The shops will limit the number of people inside. Employees will distribute refined shopping carts. And some, so-called health ambassadors, greet shopkeepers and remind them to wear masks.
Walmart plans to take action to encourage the crowd and push some bargain hunters online as well. The company says it divides the black month into three different holiday sales events, which stumbled throughout November. Each will hit stores a few days after launching on its website.
Customers can make purchases at the store without entering using a curbside pickup.
Scott McCall, executive vice president and chief business officer at Walmart US, said the company wants to offer convenience and security at affordable prices – no matter how customers choose to shop.
“We were very careful as we planned this year’s event,” he said in a news release. “By extending deals over several days and making our warmest deals available online, we expect the Black Friday experience in our stores to be safer and more manageable for our customers and our partners.”
Walmart’s first Black Friday event will take place online November 4 and November 7 in stores featuring toys, electronics and home products. The second event, focusing on certain items from electronics and other business categories such as TVs, smartphones, computers and tablets, will begin on November 11 and November 14 in online stores. November 27 in stores – the same day as the regular post-Thanksgiving shopping event. It will have a wide range of items ranging from electronics and toys to clothing and seasonal decorations.
Retailers are wary of their holiday sales outlook as they try to predict shoppers ’appetite to celebrate the season and exchange gifts during the global health crisis and recession. The National Retail Federation, which usually issues its forecast in early October, has not yet weighed in.
Deloitte and Accenture, however, have shared mixed images of how a typical busy shopping period might work. Deloitte predicts holiday retail Increase from 1% to 1.5%, But it also indicates how much richer Americans are being exploited and how low-income families are retreating. However, customers surveyed by Accenture, they said Plan to spend about 40 540 on average – Almost $ 100 less than last year.
Major retailers including Walmart, Target and Best Buy have tried Encourage customers to start holiday shopping earlier than usual By launching sales events in October. Walmart launched its “Big Save Event” on Sunday, just days before the start of Amazon Prime Day on Tuesday. The Walmart event runs through Thursday.