While it’s the busiest day of the year for big-box retailers
, Black Friday has traditionally marked the beginning of holiday shopping
. In onlangse jare, egter, stores have extended deals to Thanksgiving Day to get a jump start on sales and minimize crowds
. Laas jaar, as gevolg van die pandemie, many retailers opted to remain closed on the holiday itself.
Thanksgiving Day hours have long been a source of tension between retailers and critics who argue that employees should have the day off to be with their families. As gevolg daarvan, some states, including Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Maine, have prohibited big-box retailers from opening that day.
And although retailers saw a significant decline in in-store shopping traffic last year due to the closures, online shopping skyrocketed on Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
Hierdie danksegging, Best Buy is confident it can keep customers satisfied during the holiday season with plenty of alternatives to in-person shopping. Over the 2020 vakansieseisoen, the company relied on online deals, curbside pickup, and faster shipping options to serve customers.
“Laas jaar, thanks to the extraordinary work of our employees, we helped millions of customers with their holiday shopping during Black Friday weekend,” the company wrote in a statement. “Hierdie jaar, we’ll have even more ways for customers to easily and conveniently get their holiday shopping done, over the Black Friday weekend and throughout the entire holiday season.”
Best Buy has not yet announced its store hours for Black Friday or the rest of the holiday weekend.