Stores start on Black Friday but worries about the epidemic continue

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Vendors are expected to illegally launch the holiday shopping season on Friday with larger crowds than last year in the near future. But the outbreak of the epidemic continues to plague business and consumer minds.

Encouraged by strong employment, the benefits of healthy pay and greater savings, customers return to stores and dispose of all kinds of items. But the spike also led to limited options across the board as suppliers and vendors were caught on flat feet.

Lack of transport boxes and truck drivers delayed delivery as inflation continued to rise. The combination of not finding the right thing at the right price - in addition to the shortage of staff that makes it difficult for businesses to respond to customers - can make the state of happiness less.

At Macy’s Herald Square store in Manhattan, the shelves were full and shoppers were pouring in at 6:30 a.m., half an hour later the doors opened.

Aniva Pawlowski arrived at Macy just before 6 p.m. with plans to buy shoes and coats. Shopping on Thanksgiving was a family tradition, but she stayed home last year and just shopped online. Anxiety scarcity has prompted a New Yorker to buy one himself and plan to spend about $ 1,000 XNUMX on holiday shopping, similar to previous years, despite concerns about rising gas and food costs.

"Everything is expensive," he said.

Consumers Want Deals On Dark Friday As Supply Crunch Continues

Buyers enter Best Buy as the store opens Black Friday in Westminster, Colo.Michael Ciaglo / Getty Images

Consumers are expected to pay an average of 5 to 17 percent more for toys, clothing, electronics, TVs and other Black Friday purchases this year compared to last year, according to Aurelien Duthoit, a senior industry adviser at Allianz Research, with the largest number. rising prices on TVs. That is because any discounts available will apply to goods that are already more expensive.

"I think it will be a bad holiday season," said Neil Saunders, managing director of GlobalData Retail. “It will worry sellers, buyers and employees. We will see long lines. We will see messier stores. We will see delays as you collect online orders. ”

Big retailers were preparing for the holiday season, trying to find workarounds to provide chain hold-ups. Some major U.S. retailers they repatriated goods to less congested ports, even renting their own ships.

"We are deep and ready," Macy chief executive Jeff Gennette told the Associated Press, noting that the level of innovation has increased by 20 percent compared to last year. "We are in good condition."

While Black Friday is firmly entrenched in the minds of Americans as the day to buy extravagant items, it has lost its appeal over the past decade as stores open on Thanksgiving and shopping shifts to Amazon and other online retailers. Stores have diminished the value of the day continuously by advertising Black Friday sales for extra days.

The epidemic has led many retailers to close stores on Thanksgiving Day and push discounts on their websites, starting in early October. That continues this year, though there are store deals.