One thing for sure, COVID-19 is not canceling Black Friday. Many retailers started saving Black Friday in the last few weeks and will continue to offer them to you to buy. For this Black Friday, deals are expected to be big, but you should also expect big differences when it comes to your shopping experience.
Retailers have taken steps to prevent large crowds and fights over people who find it difficult to get hot items.
“You’ll see lines outside the door in some cases. It’s not because people are waiting to pick up that doorbuster at 4am,” said Sara Skirball, a shopping and trends expert. “This is because retailers are really trying to implement safety standards and measures to protect employees and consumers.”
On Target, you can check the website to see if there is a line outside the store. If there is, you can reserve your place and you will receive a text when it is your turn to go inside and shop. Here is more information Target Save your spot program.
Retailers also expect to see hand sanitizers, guidelines to follow, stickers on the ground to make sure there is enough social distance on the check and protective barriers in the register. When it comes to checking, there will be more options.
“Contact-free checks will be made on your application, you can check with the sales associate at the door instead of standing on the register.”
Said Trey Bodge, another shopping and trends expert.
On Best Buy, the added customer experience host will be next to every store. Stickers have been placed on the floor as well as outside to help promote social distance. And if you need the help of a blue shirt, you wait until you are placed in a digital queue.
The contactless curbside shop is now available at Best Buy stores. The storefront is another option.
Walmart stores will open at 5 a.m. local time on the days of the Black Friday in-store event. Customers will have to create a single straight line to enter the store. Associates will provide hygiene shopping carts for customers. Workers will be seated at the entrance to greet customers and remind them to put on masks.
The store will meter customers into the store to help reduce Walmart congestion, during Black Friday events. Customers will be directed to buy on the right side of the wing.
Kohl has started a drive-up on Kohls where customers can choose a free, one-day pick at the store. Contactless, free service is available at Kohl’s stores nationwide. Eligible items marked “free store pickup” will be available in two hours at Kohls.com. The company has installed protective barriers on all registers and will offer touchless payments. Signage and floor decals have also been placed in stores to promote a six-foot social distance, with a special focus on high-traffic areas, including customer service and checkouts.
If you are not comfortable going to these Black Friday stores, many retailers now offer curbside pickups. You just buy what you want online, and within hours you’ll be notified that the item is ready. You drive to the store and park at the curbside pick-up.
“Show your ID, and if someone brings your item to your car it will pop up in your trunk, you don’t even have to get out of your car. In many cases, it’s safe and it’s completely out of touch. Waiting to send or wanting to risk it is a great option, ”Scirbole said.
If you shop online before you make a purchase, you see the estimated shipping arrival date. With more people shopping than shopping online, shipping is expected to be delayed so make sure you place an order with plenty of time for your gifts to arrive. More than seven million holiday packages will be sent every day. Which is three times more than last year. Ground shipping deadline Christmas usually falls between December 15-19 and the wait this year can be very long.
If you are going to shop in stores, the number one rule, which all retailers have asked shoppers to remember, is not to forget your masks, as retailers need them to enter stores.
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