The need for social distancing and the fear of contagion has made department stores want to avoid crowds of people and long waiting lines during holiday season shopping. For this, Walmart has decided to divide Black Friday into three events throughout November, that will start online.
For some shoppers, Black Friday traditions are important so Walmart has said that it still plans to have in-store events with big discounts.
But, according to CNBC, the holiday sales days will come with sanitary precautions:
•Stores will open at 5 a.m. local time.
•Customers must line up single-file before they enter.
•Stores will limit the number of people inside.
•Employees will distribute sanitized shopping carts, will greet shoppers, and remind them to put on a mask.
But, Walmart is also planning measures to discourage crowds and incentivize bargain hunts online. For this, the company said it will split up Black Friday into three different holiday sales events that will begin on its website, and customers can use curbside pickup to avoid going inside the store.
Walmart’s first Black Friday event will start online Nov. 4 and in stores Nov. 7 and feature toys, electronics, and home products. The second event, focused primarily on electronics such as TVs, smartphones, computers, and tablets, will begin online Nov. 11 and in stores Nov. 14. And the third event will start online Nov. 25 and in stores Nov. 27 and will have a range of items from electronics and toys to apparel and seasonal decor.
Major retailers, including Walmart, Target, and Best Buy, have tried to encourage customers to start their holiday shopping earlier this year by starting sales events in October.