beats headphones cheap Walmart to start Black Friday on Thursday
on Thanksgiving, its earliest start ever, and will guarantee that those who line up can buy a trio of gadgets as it places a big bet that shoppers are ready to spend this holiday season.
The holiday season is critical for Walmart. More than a quarter of its annual sales come during the holiday season. chief merchandising and marketing officer Duncan Mac Naughton.
Retailers are coming up with fresh ways to entice shoppers this year, as holiday spending is only expected to rise 4.1%, according to the National Retail Federation, down from 5.6% growth in 2011.
Walmart kicked off layaway a month earlier than last year, in mid September. Layaway allows shoppers to keep a product on hold at the store and pay for it over time. Chains such as Walmart and Target have already published toy catalogs.
While the holiday shopping season traditionally kicks off on the day after Thanksgiving, known as Black Friday, the push to sell Christmas presents and other items has been moving earlier and earlier in recent years.
Retailers say that shoppers want earlier deals.
got customer feedback that says like to shop earlier so I can go to bed earlier, Mac Naughton said.
Thanksgiving will be observed on Nov. local time on Thanksgiving, Walmart offers will include deals on video games starting at $10 US and home appliances such as a Crock Pot slow cooker and a Mr. Coffee maker for $9.44 each. on Thanksgiving, though the items are not among the hottest new gadgets of the year.
Those shoppers are guaranteed access to an Apple iPad 2 16GB with Wi Fi, a March 2011 version, priced at $399 with a $75 Walmart Gift Card; a 32 inch Emerson 720p LCD TV at $148, $80 below the usual price; and an LG Blu ray player for $38 that Walmart does not typically sell but said goes for $68 to $79 elsewhere. Walmart will take a break from special deals, giving shoppers a chance to get some rest or perhaps visit other stores.
Walmart now keeps its stores open overnight between Thanksgiving and Black Friday after an employee was trampled to death when a Long Island store opened on Black Friday in 2008. on Friday.
Other items to be offered during the night include brands such as Vizio, Samsung, Nikon, Nook and Beats by Dr. Dre.
think we have the brands that our customers want, Mac Naughton said. on Black Friday.
Last year, Target, Best Buy, Macy and Kohl were closed on Thanksgiving and kicked off Black Friday sales at the stroke of midnight, their earliest starts ever. Best Buy Co Inc, Macy and Kohl all plan to open at midnight again, while Target has not given its plans yet.
Sears Holdings Corp Sears and Kmart stores will be open on Thanksgiving Day. Last year, Sears kept its discount chain Kmart open on Thanksgiving but the Sears chain was closed.
Most Walmart stores will be open on Thanksgiving, unless they are required to close by local or state law.