Tag: Shoppers

Coronavirus pandemic has pushed shoppers to e-commerce sites

Pedestrians cross a street decorated with Christmas lights in Orchard road shopping district in Singapore on December 8, 2020.

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SINGAPORE — The last three months of the year are typically synonymous with malls and stores teeming with customers who stand in long, snaking queues to pay for their holiday shopping hauls.

But due to the coronavirus pandemic this year, which forced countries around the world to either go into lockdowns or enforce strict social distancing rules, a lot of the holiday shopping is being done online, according to multiple research reports.

One recent

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COVID-19 cases surge at malls as holiday shoppers pour in

Paola Hernández watched as shoppers at the Citadel Outlets bumped shoulders and ignored signs directing foot traffic under bow-adorned palm trees. Two girls stood a few feet behind her licking ice cream cones, even though eating has been banned in malls.

Hernandez, 57, and her daughter went to the outdoor mall in Commerce on Monday when they weren’t able to find the holiday presents they wanted to buy online, she said. But even sitting on a bench outside had started to feel unsafe when, despite a sign stating it seated only two, a third person sat down next to her.

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Last-minute Christmas shoppers can expect longer lines this weekend thanks to Covid-19

That means a lot of people will be shopping in person this weekend, and the inevitable rush to brick-and-mortar stores is likely to be an even bigger headache for retailers this year as they try to maintain social distancing requirements.

The National Retail Federation, which tracks industry sales trends, estimates more than 150 million Americans plan to shop this Saturday alone, despite the pandemic — and it’s even a slight increase from the roughly 148 million shoppers on the same day last year.

“People are continuing to shop online, but they’re certainly coming up against potential deadlines,” said Katherine Cullen, … Read More

Shooting at California mall terrifies Christmas shoppers who had to shelter in place

A shooting at the Great Mall near San Jose, California, left thousands of people emotionally distressed, sheltering-in-place and calling home to tell families they loved them, authorities said Sunday, according to CBS San Francisco.

Officers responded around 5:16 p.m. local time on Saturday to numerous reports of shots fired inside the Great Mall located in the city of Milpitas. When they arrived, they found a 22-year-old San Francisco man suffering from a non-life-threatening gunshot wound and was later hospitalized.

Several law enforcement agencies responded to the Great Mall to assist. The stores were asked to shelter in place while

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Chinese shoppers spend over $100 billion in Singles’ Day extravaganza

“Singles’ Day” may sound lonely, but those who took part in the world’s largest annual shopping spree found togetherness in spending over $100 billion during the event, according to Alibaba.

The final sales figure blew away last year’s $38.4 billion over 24 hours, after Alibaba extended its sales period this year for the first time as it sought to help boost sales for merchants affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

The annual Singles’ Day shopping festival, the world’s largest of its kind, offers shoppers discounts on a variety of products, from fresh produce to luxury items. Merchants ranging from small

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