Like everything else, holiday shopping could be a little different this year.
Several retailers have announced that they will be changing their hours for Thanksgiving – a day commonly seen as the kick-off of the holiday shopping season.
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Recently, Black Friday had entered Thanksgiving Thursday, with many retail spaces starting their door deals on the holidays themselves. However, several major brands have announced that they will keep their doors closed on Thanksgiving Day.
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Others are likely to join as uncertainties remain around physical purchases during the coronavirus pandemic.
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Among those who announced the closures are big box stores Best Buy, Target, Dick’s Sporting Goods and Walmart, which was the first to take the unprecedented step. Sam’s Club, owned by Walmart, will also be closed during the holidays.
Businesses have yet to share schedules for Black Friday openings, but most have started to focus more on online orders. Best Buy has announced that it will start its vacation offerings earlier and improve the way it handles online orders.
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Black Friday is particularly difficult for shopping spaces to manage during the pandemic, as it is known to draw crowds of people.
National Shopping Day has been happening online in recent years – even before the coronavirus. In 2019, vacation shoppers lost a record $ 7.4 billion in online sales.