Walmart divides Black Friday deals into 3 events starting online

An employee works on a Black Friday front display at a Chicago Walmart store on November 20, 2018.

Kamil Kr K Zazensky | Reuters

For shoppers who can’t part with Black Friday traditions, Mart LaMart said Wednesday it still plans to hold in-store events with deep discounts.

Yet the holiday sales days will come with epidemic precautions. Stores will open at 5 a.m. local time. Customers must do a single-file line before entering. Will limit the number of stores inside. Employees will distribute hygiene shopping carts. And some, dubbed health ambassadors, will greet shoppers and remind them to put on masks.

Walmart is planning to take steps to discourage the crowds and even catch some bargain hunters online. The company said it would split Black Friday into three different holiday sales events, which are stuck during the month of November. Each will launch on its website and hit stores a few days later.

Customers can also shop at the store without landing inside using a curbside pickup.

Walmart U.S. Scott McCall, executive vice president and chief commercial officer of No, said the company wants to deliver at low prices, convenience and safety – even if customers choose to buy.

“We’ve been very thoughtful since we planned this year’s event,” he said in a news release. To be safer and more organized. “

Walmart’s first Black Friday event will start on November 4th and features November 7th stores and features toys, electronics and home products. The second program, focusing on electronics such as TVs, smartphones, computers and tablets and some items in other commercial categories, will start on November 11. And 14 Nov. in stores. November 27 in stores – the same day as the post-Thanksgiving shopping event. It will have a wide range of items ranging from electronics and toys to clothing and seasonal decor.

Retailers have been cautious about their holiday sales outlook, as they try to anticipate shoppers ’appetite for gift exchanges and season celebrations during the global health crisis and recession. The National Retail Federation, which usually forecasts it in early October, has not yet weighed in.

Deloitte and Accenture, however, have shared mixed pictures of how a generally busy shopping period can run. Dellit Ite predicted that holiday retail sales would grow by 1% and 1.5%, but said that would depend on how wealthy Americans would be and how low-income families would be left behind. However, customers surveyed by Accenture said they plan to spend an average of 40 540 – about 100 100 less than last year.

Major retailers, including Walmart, Target and Best Buy, have tried to encourage consumers to start their holiday shopping than usual by starting sales events in October. Walmart launched its “Big Save Event” on Sunday, just days before the start of Amazon Prime Day on Tuesday. Walmart’s event runs from Thursday.