Black Friday is a long-kept tradition for shopaholics, especially in the United States. There would usually be long lines and people camping outside of stores to get their hands on the biggest deals – but we’re not so sure about that this year.
As the pandemic that had surged across the whole globe, Black Friday has been altered drastically to provide safety for their customers, limiting the number of people entering the store at once.
Due to the economic setback that the coronavirus has made to the country, most probably people won’t be able to shop as much as they used to, since feeding themselves also becomes a struggle at these times of distress… or so we thought.
People would still spend more or less as much as they used to since they are not using their expenses for traveling, concerts, and other socially-done events that require them to go outside.
Even so, the retailers in the United States suffer from bankruptcy from the COVID-19 restrictions, while online services like Amazon and Walmart have thrived from the pandemic, people ordering online to avoid social contact.
Retailers are working on making their stores online so people are encouraged to buy from them. Some shops like Home Depot and Target are spreading out their Black Friday prices for the customers.
“The deals are available now – you don’t have to wait. You don’t have to concentrate your shopping over a single weekend,” said Katherine Cullen, senior director of retail and consumer insights at the National Retail Federation.
This would actually help lessen the pressure of supplying to physical stores since the Black Friday sales would be lengthened.
Small businesses have trouble adapting to the current norm, as the number of shops that are closed has estimated to be as much as 17,503.
“Department stores were already weak and are certainly getting weaker,” said Brian Wieser, global president of business intelligence for GroupM, a media agency. “When you compound all of this with the idea that many of these retailers are at risk of going out of business, it certainly begs the question if anything like the old Black Friday will possibly return in a year’s time.”
In-store shopping will still be practiced there, since the people are happier to have more choices on how to shop, though of course, safety measures are to be abided, having only 20% of people fill of one’s storage capacity.
“Particularly during the holiday season, we’ve seen people like in-store shopping. It’s a social activity, they’re seeing decorations, they’re picking out gifts,” Cullen said. “Holiday seasons down the road, we’re going to continue to see an interest in that in-store element, even if people embrace some of the conveniences of online shopping.”
Let’s not let this pandemic ruin our shopping spree and enjoy ourselves, as authorities are making efforts to help us to do.
Source: The Guardian
AirAsia Offers Free Delivery Service Throughout MCO
AirAsia has decided to offer an unlimited free delivery service for any purchase at their own AirAsia food, AirAsia fresh, and AirAsia shop during this MCO period. The true intention is to make it easier for all Malaysians to get necessities such as food, fresh products, groceries, and more while staying safe at home.
However, this free delivery service is only available in the Klang Valley only and will be offered in other areas soon.
AirAsia Food offers a wide variety of food options available to eat. Customers can also enjoy unlimited free shipping within 15km of your home. There are various dishes available such as Asian cuisine, western cuisine, desserts, bread, and many more.
In addition, customers can order fresh products such as meat, seafood, vegetables, and groceries online at AirAsia Fresh. With a minimum expenditure of RM30, you have the opportunity to enjoy unlimited free shipping using the promo code ‘STAY HOME’. For this service, there is no set limit for free shipping distance. Alternatively, customers can choose delivery for the next day or delivery based on the time of choice.
Through the AirAsia shop, customers can get products such as skincare, make-up, health, and so on. Just place a minimum order of RM30 to enjoy unlimited free shipping. No promotional code is required, however, you need to be around the Klang Valley only.
GTA 6 Rumored To Have A Female Protagonist, First Time Ever For GTA Franchise
GTA 6 reportedly would have a female protagonist, a first for the Grand Theft Auto franchise. GTA 6 has yet to be confirmed by Rockstar Games or to confirm that a new game in the series is in progress. However, according to a plethora of sources, for the PS5, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, and probably the PC as well, GTA 6 is already deep in development.
GTA 6 is closer to release than you thought or still very far away from release, depending on what article or rumor you’re hearing. Unfortunately, no further information on the release of the game has surfaced right now, but we do have a new update on the protagonist of the game, courtesy of Tom Henderson, a leaker and industry insider well known for his Call of Duty scoops.
Henderson recently announced on Twitter that, alongside a playable male protagonist, GTA 6 will have a playable female protagonist. This is, unfortunately, where the scoop ends.
In other words, it is unclear if the game would turn between two protagonists that players can switch between or if it is a situation for Cyberpunk 2077, i.e. one playable protagonist who can be male or female.
You’d think it’s former in the light of previous releases, but if Rockstar Games is going to break convention and eventually have a female protagonist, it might be ready to break additional conventions.
It’s important to remember that Henderson did not disclose his source. That said, in the past, he has proved reliable on numerous occasions, although it has usually been with Call of Duty details.
Although the reporting of Henderson has never been limited to Call of Duty, it’s what he’s known for, so take this with an extra grain of salt because it’s not only unofficial but out of the wheelhouse of Henderson. And, of course, even though the report is 100% correct, it is subject to change as well.
This isn’t the first time we’ve learned the game is going to have a playable female protagonist for what it’s worth, however, so far, this has been the most reliable source for making this argument.
At the moment of publication, Rockstar Games has not commented on this story in almost any capacity, and it’s uncertain this will change. Like many developers, when it comes to rumors, news, leaks, or any knowledge of this variety, Rockstar maintains a rather strict “no comment” policy.
Lady Gaga And Jennifer Lopez To Perform At Joe Biden’s Inauguration Ceremony
Jennifer Lopez and Lady Gaga will take the stage in the U.S. The inaugural ceremony in Washington next week by President-elect Joe Biden alongside others in what his transition team said would showcase a diverse America.
The two will perform for the new 46th U.S. president at the Jan. 20 gathering, which will also include comments from a Georgian black firefighter, a former Youth Poet Laureate, a Catholic priest, and a pastor from Wilmington, Delaware, Biden’s hometown.
The national anthem will be sung by Lady Gaga and a musical performance will be given by Lopez.
“They represent one clear picture of the grand diversity of our great nation,” his team said in a statement on Thursday.
The presenters reflect Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris’s “steadfast vision of a new chapter in our American story in which we are an America united in overcoming the deep divisions and challenges facing our people, unifying the country, and restoring the soul of our nation,” it added.
Their positions come as the Democrat takes over the White House from Republican Donald Trump in a scaled-down event after a mob of Trump supporters threatened the United States in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and the rising of security concerns. Capitol to thwart the certification of Biden’s victory by lawmakers.
On the West Front of the Capitol building, now fortified by fencing, barriers, and thousands of National Guard soldiers, the public would not be on hand to witness the swearing-in.
Biden’s transition team cited Lady Gaga’s advocacy of LGBTQ rights and health concerns in announcing the inauguration speakers, and Lopez’s work raising awareness about the adverse effects on Latinos of coronavirus.
Many representatives include Fulton County, Georgia, career firefighter Andrea Hall and 2017 National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman, a resident of Los Angeles. Father Leo O’Donovan, former President of Georgetown University, and Reverend Dr. Silvester Beaman of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, both close to the Biden family, will talk as well.
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