Walmart saw a big dip in customers shopping at its stores on Black Friday this year, study finds. Instead, they may have been flocking to the retailer's website.
Shoppers just aren't flocking to stores like they used to for Black Friday. And the world's largest retailer experienced that firsthand this year.news.yahoo.com
Black Friday shoppers hunt for bargains despite inflation in BrandsMart Miami's Community News
Black Friday shoppers took advantage of the holiday bargain at BrandsMart USA in Pinecrest despite inflation that raised prices on almost everything. The place opened its doors from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day and reopened at 6 a.m. on Black Friday. “I’m all about Black Friday shopping, I come every year to shop for myself and my family,” said Daniel Junquera, 34, a shopper from Cutler Bay. “I came with my list, so I knew what I need to get, for who, and the sale item price. She hopes to work as a news reporter and work her way up to Producing.communitynewspapers.com
A South Florida beauty spa offered Black Friday deals for the first time Miami's Community News
“We are offering our Black Friday deal on Thanksgiving Day and on Black Friday,” said Sophia Smith, a 25-year-old hairdresser at salon. Smith said this is the busiest time of the year for the beauty parlor and all appointments were booked on Thanksgiving and Black Friday. According to the National Retail Federation an estimated 166.3 million people are planning to shop from Thanksgiving Day through Cyber Monday this year. “I couldn’t find a place that was open on Thanksgiving Day,” Ruiz said. “They can get pretty and shop all on the same day!” Fontanella said.communitynewspapers.com
Retail sales fell 1.1% in November, biggest drop in 7 months
U.S. retail sales fell a seasonally adjusted 1.1% in November, according to the U.S. Commerce Department. The Commerce Department on Wednesday also revised October’s report, saying that retail sales fell 0.1% that month, instead of rising 0.3% as it previously reported. Economists expect retail sales to fall again this month as virus cases spike and states add more restrictions. “It will take a miracle to keep retail sales positive in December," said Chris Rupkey, chief financial economist at global financial group MUFG. The few bright spots were online sales, which rose 0.2%, supermarket sales, up 1.9%, and sales at home improvement stores, which were up 1.1%.
Black Friday sees record online as US shoppers stay home
Black Friday online sales hit a new record this year as pandemic-wary Americans filled virtual carts instead of real ones. Consumers spent an estimated $9 billion on U.S. retail websites on Black Friday, according to Adobe Analytics, which tracks online shopping. Field said stores may be rethinking the cost of paying employees and opening on Thanksgiving when they could easily make up for those sales online. Adobe expects Monday to be the largest online sales day in U.S. history, with estimated spending of $10.8 billion to $12.7 billion. One reason for the big numbers is that people are shopping online for things such as groceries and alcohol that they bought in person before the pandemic, Adobe said.
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(AP Photo/Marta Lavandier)SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Illinois has risen above 12,000 deaths from COVID-19, while also surpassing the 700,000 mark for confirmed coronavirus infections. The Health Department said the situation constituted an “alert,” and said that nationwide, infections had risen by over 8% last week. Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech have asked the FDA to allow emergency use of its COVID-19 vaccine candidate. The state health department reported 5,704 new cases on Friday, putting the state at 3,476 deaths and 295,001 cases since March. ___TORONTO — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he expects more than half of Canadians to receive a COVID-19 vaccine by next September.
Virus keeps Black Friday crowds thin, shoppers shift online
Crowds at stores were dramatically diminished as shoppers shifted online. Holiday sales have averaged gains of 3.5% over the past five years. Black Friday is projected to generate $10 billion in online sales, a 39% bump from the year ago period, according to Adobe. And Cyber Monday, the Monday after Thanksgiving, will remain the biggest online shopping day of the year with $12.7 billion in sales, a 35% jump. At a popular shopping area in St. Petersburg, Florida, several storefronts were empty, and the only line was at a plasma donation center.
Black Friday bargain hunters take over store in Miami Gardens
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – Dozens of bargain hunters waited in line outside of the BrandsMart USA in Miami Gardens. There was a high demand for flat-screen televisions, appliances, and tablets. The store was among the retailers that were offering in-store only deals during Thanksgiving and Black Friday. Best Buy and Walmart are among the retailers that are allowing online purchases to be picked up at stores for faster delivery. Many e-commerce sales have been ongoing since Wednesday and will continue until Cyber Monday.
France postpones 'Black Friday' to help locked-down shops
The approach of “Black Friday," originally scheduled for Nov. 27 in France, had brought the dilemma to a head. The director of Amazon France, Frederic Duval, told France Info radio on Friday before the meeting that the e-commerce distributor was ready to sign up to a delay. The delay applies only to Amazon France, he added. “If we can’t open our shops for Christmas it will be very difficult for the sector,” she said. “There are already a lot of flower shops that suffer greatly so, today, we need help and coherence.”
Walmart to spread out deals to avoid Black Friday crowds
NEW YORK – Walmart says it will spread out its traditional one-day Black Friday deals over three weekends in November in an effort to reduce crowds in its stores during a pandemic. The discounter, based in Bentonville, Arkansas, will kick off the deals online Nov. 4, with new deals in stores on Nov. 7. The second event will begin online Nov. 11, followed by a similar sales event in stores Nov. 14. It will wrap up its discounts online Nov. 25 with new discounts in stores Nov. 27, the day after Thanksgiving and the traditional Black Friday. This holiday season, many stores are starting their holiday deals in October.
Pandemic pushes start of holiday shopping earlier than ever
(AP Photo/David Zalubowski)NEW YORK – Add last-minute holiday shopping to the list of time-honored traditions being upended by the coronavirus pandemic. Black Friday has long been the unofficial start to the U.S. holiday season, though retailers have been pushing holiday shopping earlier for the last decade or so. The first big holiday push will come from Amazon, which is positioning its mid-October Prime Day as a kickoff to the holiday shopping season. Even with the early start to the season, holiday sales are expected to deliver smaller gains than in recent years. Joel Bines, who runs the retail practice at AlixPartners, thinks the earlier shopping will stick even when the pandemic is over.
Target joins Walmart in ending Thanksgiving store shopping
NEW YORK Target is joining Walmart in closing its stores on Thanksgiving Day, ending a decadelong tradition of jump-starting Black Friday door buster sales. Now, the virus has turned the holiday shopping model upside down. Historically, deal hunting and holiday shopping can mean crowded events, and this isnt a year for crowds, Minneapolis-based Target said in a corporate blog posted. Despite competition from Thanksgiving shopping, Black Friday ranks as either the top or No. Like Target, other retailers will also likely start holiday sales even earlier to stretch out crowds.
Coronavirus might mean less Corona beer on Cinco de Mayo
But we’re referring to Corona beer and Cinco de Mayo. Typically, the dominant choice of beer for those celebrating Cinco de Mayo is Corona. But Corona likely will be consumed way less than usual due to the coronavirus pandemic, that is unrelated in name. In February, a report in the Denver Post said Corona was taking a public relations hit due to people fearing they would get coronavirus by drinking Corona. Cinco de Mayo has surpassed St. Patrick’s Day and the Super Bowl for beer consumption on one day, with Corona virtually holding a monopoly on advertising and sales for beer on Cinco de Mayo, according to Loop Insights.
Go treasure hunting at South Florida liquidation store
That's kind of what Off the Truck Liquidators resembles on Friday mornings. Inside, you'll find rows and rows of cardboard boxes filled to the brim with merchandise. What makes Off the Truck Liquidators different from other liquidators is; instead of selling pallets of items which most liquidators do, they sell individual items to the public. Some days you'll find really good things, other days not so much, and other days you'll find things you wouldn't expect. Learn more about Off the Truck Liquidators here.
Multiple people arrested by officers at Dolphin Mall on Black Friday
SWEETWATER, Fla. – It’s the busiest shopping day of the year, and at Dolphin Mall, that means Sweetwater police have been busy, too. Officers confirmed they arrested four people on Black Friday -- three for shoplifting and one person for inappropriate touching. Body camera footage shows officers approaching a man in the mall. “The subject took off on officers, actually pushing one of our officers out of the way so that he can flee,” Officer Jonathan Arche said. After trying unsuccessfully to find parking at Sawgrass Mills on Friday morning, they regrouped and came to Dolphin Mall, hoping crowds would be minimal after so many got an early start on Thanksgiving.
Police make multiple arrests at Dolphin Mall on Black Friday
Police make multiple arrests at Dolphin Mall on Black FridayPublished: November 29, 2019, 11:21 pmSouth Florida shoppers hit the malls looking for those Black Friday deals. For many, it's the unofficial start to the holiday season, but police say several people were looking for merchandise with no plans to pay.
Sawgrass Mills shoppers show up early for Black Friday
SUNRISE, Fla. – Shoppers descended on Sawgrass Mills as early as 6 a.m., an hour before the mall opened, to look for the best Black Friday deals. Coach and Kate Spade are among several stores at the mall using a controlled entry method to safety manage the large crowds. When they leave, other customers waiting in line get their turn. “I’ve been waiting for about an hour and a half at Kate Spade because I love my beautiful wife,” said Anthony DeGraaf, who was shopping for an anniversary present. It’s the thought that counts.”Sawgrass Mills is staying open for Black Friday shoppers until 10 p.m.Sawgrass Mills Mall, 12801 W. Sunrise Blvd., Sunrise, www.simon.com/mall/sawgrass-mills
Black Friday 2019: Hours, deals, everything you need to know
Once the turkey is packed up in leftover containers and the pumpkin pie is all gone, it's time to get in your car and do some shopping, because Black Friday deals are here, and they're better than ever. There are so many shopping options on Black Friday, so we decided to help you out and collect some of the best deals. Since so many stores have a massive number of deals, we just linked to their Black Friday websites below, so you can see all your options. Bed, Bath & Beyond: Opens at 6 a.m.Best Buy: Many stores open at 8 a.m., although we did find some variation here depending on location. Buy: Many stores open at 8 a.m., although we did find some variation here depending on location.
What stores will be open on Thanksgiving 2019?
Whether you run low on a key ingredient next Thursday or you're going to be gearing up ahead of Black Friday, we get it: You need to know what stores will be open. We can't speak for all stores, but we've gathered a list of some of the major retailers and their hours. Meijer: Will be open for their normal hours of operation Thursday -- and the vast majority of Meijer stores are open 24 hours. Walmart -- Will open at 6 p.m. Thursday and stay open through Friday. Michaels: Opens at 6 p.m. Thursday (through midnight) with Black Friday deals starting at 7 a.m.Sears -- Opens at 6 p.m. Thursday.
Target hiring 130,000 temp workers for holidays
Target said Tuesday that it would hire more than 130,000 temporary workers for its stores and distribution centers. UPS also announced plans Monday to hire around 100,000 holiday workers, roughly the same number as last year. And Amazon said it would announce its holiday hiring plans in the coming weeks. Target will pay $13 an hour to seasonal workers for the first time and offer them discounts at stores. The escalating trade war and the growing possibility of a recession have not changed retailers' hiring plans.
Walmart removes 1,000 3rd-party items from website after shootings
- Walmart has removed about 1,000 third-party items from its website in the wake of two mass shootings after determining the products violate company policy, a company spokesperson told CNN. A recent review focused on gun-related items after 31 people were killed in mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, earlier this month. Last week, Walmart pulled displays of violent video games in its stores. At least 31 people were killed in separate shootings earlier this month in an El Paso Walmart and outside a strip of entertainment venues in Dayton. The 21-year-old suspect in the El Paso shooting surrendered to police on the day of the attack.
7 questions you were too embarrassed to ask about Prime Day
If years past have been any indication, there will be a LOT of hype about Prime Day. Every year it seems to be a little different, but Prime Day is typically bigger and better each year, and its held in mid-July. Prime Music, Prime Reading, Prime Book Box if you have kids -- we just found out about this while researching this article and signed up immediately. Wait, Prime DAY or Prime Days? Why do I keep hearing about Prime Day launches?For a limited time, new products will be released just to Prime members.
Store hours for Thanksgiving holidays 2019
Check out the store hours for this year's Thanksgiving and Black Friday sales as announced by major retailers. Note that hours may vary by location (most notably due to state laws in Maine, Rhode Island and Massachusetts), so be sure to check your local store. Hide Caption