Black Friday shopping ideas being ‘reinvented’ by retailers during COVID-19 pandemic
ByFunAsia 17 Nov 2020 11:26 AM 273
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The often-seen pushing to grab the Black Friday deals won't happen this year as retailers reinvent shopping ideas during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.  

Face masks, straight lines, contactless payments, and other safety measures will be new to the 2020 shopping spree. To offer services to all customers, most companies will extend their doorbuster sales before and after Nov. 27.

Bill Thorne, with the National Retail Federation, said, "In terms of the traditional shopping on Black Friday with massive crowds."

"I don't think you're going to see that. But people are going to shop Black Friday."

He added, "Their expectations are pretty optimistic. Will it be the same as they've seen in the past? We'll see."

The media partners compiled a list of how some of the major retailers will handle Black Friday 2020 deals:

     

WALMART

In October month, the giant retailer announced that it will "reinvent" Black Friday to help shoppers remain safe from the pandemic. The company wants to spread out Black Friday over several days. 

Company leaders began "Black Friday Deals for Days" earlier this month for online purchases. The next event will run from Nov. 25 to Nov. 27 with online and in-store deals.

Scott McCall, executive vice president and chief merchandising officer for Walmart U.S., released a statement saying "Over the past six months, our customers have been shopping differently, and we expect that will continue into the most important shopping season of the year – the holidays."


BEST BUY

Best Buy is one of the most loved consumer electronics stores that will begin Black Friday deals from Nov. 22.

Best Buy has instructed everyone to wear a mask inside stores. Additional employees will be there to attend to your questions and manage lines. The stores will limit the number of indoor customers and direct customers where to walk to promote social distancing. Contactless pickup is also available.


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