Transcript for Biggest Black Friday deals on amid the pandemic
During the pandemic it's already here and with so many shopping online it's led to a shipping crunch. That's a fulfillment center where they are ready for a basis season and Becky Worley joins us with tips on how to navigate shopping this year. Good morning, Becky. Reporter: You know this holiday shopping season is going to be different but there are specific strategies that will help you breeze through it and find the best deals. It's Black Friday now. Reporter: Ads pouring in. With a year filled with online shopping instead of the usual shoulder-to-shoulder crowds, experts say play it smart. 2020 is the year of the smart shopper. That doesn't mean you're just going on line. That you're taking a moment to be strategic about what you're buying, what you're paying for and where you're buying it from and when you want it. Reporter: The national retail federation predicting a 3.6% rise in total HOL sales but online sales skyrocketing 20% to 30%. A number that will strain the covid weakened supply chain and already overburdened retail systems so the first planning point, stores are front-loading the best deals to give themselves more time to get products to you, many doorbuster deals are live now. If you see something with a seemingly good price, check it against the historical lowest price on T tracking tool camel It's within a few dollars of where it should be go ahead and order. This vacuum cleaner on sale for $127 at Kohl's. A quick search says that's the lowest price. Grab it. There are specific stores that have timed doorbuster deals. Walmarvertised deals are dropping tonight at 7:00 P.M. Eastern. Kohl's bringing door busters on line at 11:00 P.M. Eastern tonight and Best Buy with new deals Thursday and Friday including new stock online of coveted gaming consoles sold out everywhere. Now, let's talk about Amazon. They're a little different because they rarely advertise their discounts. But they're always competitive. So either check their site before you purchase elsewhere or use a price checking tool like popcart that alerts you if it fi a better price. One final tip, if you're shopping for apple products, the apple online store rarely offers discounts. Your bigger chains, though, like Walmart, target and Best Buy usually give the best sales prices, for example, air pod pro earbuds are $249 at the apple store but when Walmart's deals go live they will be $169. That's $80 off, Cecilia. All right. You just informed me on what I'm doing at 7:00 P.M. Eastern because that's on my list this year. Becky, thank you so much. We'll join you in the next half Right now joining us from the fulfillment center is Kate Scarpa. Thanks for being with us this I want to start with first things first. So many are shopping online this year and we need to know should we be shopping earlier in order to get these gifts to arrive on time? Are there deadlines we need to know about? Yeah, so we have prepared the whole year for holiday season. So customers can come to Amazon, find thousands of incredible deals today, tomorrow, this weekend and that they can get it delivered directly to their door in time for the holidays. Are there deadlines that we know we need to meet? So we have not announced shipping deadlines yet but they can shop over the next several weeks and know these gifts and incredible deals will arrive just in sometime for the That's the guarantee folks want to know. You can guarantee their gifts will get there before Christmas. Yes, customers can get their gifts. We have incredible options for customers to get gifts. They can deliver directly to their home in one day, two days and also have pickup locations in 900 cities and towns across the so they can pick the option that's most convenient for them and get these gifts just in time. Yeah, that pickup location I think you guys are doing is a first this year so that's a great option. What has Amazon had to do differently in order to prepare for this crunch, this unexpected unprecedented crunch that's going to happen this year? Yeah, so, you know, we always prepare well in advance for the holiday season. But this year, you know, employee safety and health remains number one so since the start of the pandemic we implemented 150 significant process changes. We've had social distancing measures in place and much more and we've also hired and created jobs and opened 200,000 jobs since September alone so we can make sure that we are delivering to our customers and not compromising the health and safety of our employee. Yeah, that will get you across the finish line. I want to talk to you about these must have items. I got to ask you about the PlayStation 5. Is it in stock? If not when are you going to get it and what are the other big ticket items this year? Yeah, that is a hot item and we are working super hard to get that inventory back in stock and then directly out to our customers. So we'll let them know once it's available. So customers could also find kitchen gadgets, top sellers. We have big sales on Samsung and sonny TVs and variety of ways to shop small on Amazon as well at amazon.com/supportsmall. Kate, thank you so much and thank you to all the workers working through the holiday to bring us our packages. We have a lot of gratitude to them. We are thankful for those
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