How to Buy Black Friday Safely Amid Coronavirus
STATEN ISLAND, NY – Retailers continue to adapt to the changing shopping landscape amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and that means making sure their customers are safe during Black Friday, which is considered as the biggest holiday shopping day of the year.
Black Friday 2020 falls on November 27, but some retailers have announced that deals will start earlier than normal this year. Many are extending the time customers have to shop to avoid large crowds the day after Thanksgiving, according to shopping experts at BlackFriday.com.
That doesn’t just mean savings on Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday of Thanksgiving week, but events that are expected to take place throughout November.
“The decision to close Thanksgiving was a corporate call. There may be retailers who decide to have curbside pickup outside of our posted hours,” said James Easley, senior manager of the mall, noting that it does not yet know which stores can choose this option.
However, the mall will be open on Black Friday. from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., according to the mall’s website.
Shopping experts said they also expected retailers not to encourage people to flock to their stores this year. So even though there will be in-store sales, BlackFriday.com predicts that more retailers will encourage people to shop online.
This means we’ll see more cyber deals for Black Friday, which is probably good for around 45% of shoppers who said they didn’t feel safe in stores this year, according to a BlackFriday.com poll.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests shopping online instead in person the day after Thanksgiving or the following Monday.
The agency said shopping in crowded stores just before, during or after Thanksgiving is considered a high-risk activity when it comes to staying safe during the coronavirus pandemic.
But if you plan to shop in person, you need to be prepared to find COVID-19 safety protocols in place this year, like limits on the number of people allowed in the building at a time and the mandatory wearing of masks. .
This means there won’t be a rush at the door and there will be fewer die-hard shoppers lining up early in the morning waiting for the doors to open, according to BlackFriday.com.
TIPS FOR SUCCESS
As in years past, it’s important to be prepared for the Black Friday deals. Join the mailing lists of your favorite retailers to learn more about upcoming sales, coupons and promo codes.
BlackFriday.com suggests shopping early and acting quickly to get the deals you want. As more retailers come up with deals earlier this year, you’ll want to be prepared. And keep in mind that these offers are only available for a limited time and in limited quantities.
TARGET, MACY’S, WALMART
Stores like Target has announced updates to its in-store security measures. Target has extended its contactless automatic checkouts, a new technology that allows customers to skip queues, and improvements to the retailer’s same-day contactless services, such as double the number of points of service and more.
Customers can visit Target.com/line to see if there is a queue outside their local store and, if so, can reserve a place in the queue. Target will then text the guest to let them know it’s their turn to enter the store.
Macy’s said it improved its health and safety standards, including additional cleaning during opening hours, sanitation stations in all stores, company-provided protective clothing for colleagues in the store, and occupancy checks with an emphasis on traffic to anticipate and mitigate crowds.
It also offers contactless curbside pickup, online purchase and in-store pickup, online purchase – in-store shipping and same day delivery with DoorDash.
Walmart announced that its stores will open at 5 a.m. Black Friday for in-store event days, with customers forming a single straight line to enter the store. Associates will distribute sanitized shopping carts to help with social distancing, remind customers to wear a mask, and measure customers to reduce congestion and promote social distancing.
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