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Walmart, Target Start Holiday Early To Ease Inflation Sting

By 09/22/2022 4:37 PMNo Comments

To stay up with Americans who are squeezed by growing inflation and looking for methods to lessen the potential pain of holiday shopping, Walmart and Target intend to give specials and price matching offers earlier this year.

Shoppers have begun preparing for the holidays early for the past two years, but last year it was because the global supply chain had been disrupted as countries started to recover from the pandemic.

According to experts, this year’s rapid price increases, which are also linked to economies affected by the pandemic, will cause Americans to shop early to avoid prices that they believe will increase even further and to spread out their spending as they pay more for gas, food, and pretty much everything else.

The Christmas sales initiatives unveiled on Thursday coincide with predictions of slower holiday sales growth than in the previous year.

The international consulting firm AlixPartners predicts that holiday sales will increase by about 4% to 7%, significantly less than the 16% surge in 2017. Retailers would experience a drop in sales due to the 8.3% inflation rate now in place.

Walmart, the biggest retailer in the country, is also extending the return period by more than a month.

Instead of last year’s return window of Nov. 1 to Jan. 24, the business said that gift returns will now be accepted between Oct. 1 and Jan. 31.

Tom Ward, the company’s chief e-commerce officer, claims that in Bentonville, Arkansas, Walmart is selling a wider variety of goods this year with more new brands and Walmart exclusives than a year ago.

The retailer is increasing discounts on toys, household goods, electronics, and cosmetics. More than half of the toys on Walmart’s list of anticipated popular holiday toys are under $50, with several falling under $25, and almost all of them are already in stock or are available for pre-order on walmart.com, according to the report.

Target, a Minneapolis-based retailer, announced that it would start giving holiday offers between October 6 and 8, a few days earlier than last year. It will also begin to price matching at that time, also a few days earlier.

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