Walmart to count in-store customers due to coronavirus surge
ByFunAsia 16 Nov 2020 11:32 AM 223

Walmart is returning to keeping track of in-store customers as the U.S sees an increasing number of coronavirus cases in the country.  

Walmart released a statement and said, "Walmart began limiting capacity in our stores to 20% in early April, or lower if mandated by a local government, and that limit has remained in place since then."

"We know from months of metering data in our stores that the vast majority of the time our stores didn't reach our self-imposed 20% metering capacity. Out of an abundance of caution, we have resumed counting the number of people entering and leaving our stores."

Coronavirus hospitalization rate has been increasing at an alarming rate, with professionals treating COVID patients feeling the effects firsthand.

According to the data, COVID-19 hospitalizations in the U.S. reached 61,964, a record high, on Tuesday. The Midwest and Texas, in particular, are driving the hospitalization surge.

Walmart and its sister concern Sam's Club operate more than 5k retail locations nationwide.

The pandemic forced the retailer to think more seriously the ways to serve its customers. As a first move, Walmart launched its first online-only Black Friday sales event in early November.

The holiday sales, announced earlier this year, are part of the company's effort to spread out the traditional one-day event to deter large crowds from gathering amid the coronavirus pandemic. This year, heading into the holiday season, the company offers three online and in-store events that will be spread out through November.

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