Walmart (NYSE: WMT) announced it will be having in-store Black Friday sales, however it is breaking them up into three different sales events. The retailer is taking reasonable precautions amid the global pandemic in order to ensure a seamless shopping experience.
Stores are set to open at 5 a.m., with customers forming a single-file line outside in order to control the number of people inside. Workers will be ready to distribute disinfected shopping carts and remind everyone to wear a mask at all times.
Nevertheless, the multinational retailer will be offering some online specials to avoid large crowds in stores. Sales are actually set to begin on Walmart’s website and transfer to stores within a few days.
“We’ve been very thoughtful as we planned this year’s event,” Scott McCall, executive vice president and chief merchandising officer for Walmart U.S, said in a news release. “By spreading deals out across multiple days and making our hottest deals available online, we expect the Black Friday experience in our stores will be safer and more manageable for both our customers and our associates.”
The first event, highlighting toys, electronics and home items, is scheduled to commence online November 4 and move to stores by November 7. The second event will begin online November 11 and in store November 14, while the third event will take place online November 25 and in stores November 27.
Many big name retailers such as Walmart, Target and Best Buy have advocated for early holiday shopping by introducing sales events starting in October. Walmart officially launched its “Big Save Event” on Sunday, only a couple of days ahead of Amazon’s Prime Day on Tuesday.