Holiday shoppers are coming to town with health checklist: survey

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(Reuters) – Holiday shoppers who brave the coronavirus pandemic to shop for gifts in person are checking which stores are mean or nice in terms of public health, a global survey released on Monday showed.

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The requirements for contactless payment and social distancing are also paramount.

“Customers can’t wait to shop,” said Mike Webster, senior vice president and general manager of Oracle Retail. “What consumers are looking for are basic levels of protection and security, and they want the confidence that their needs are being taken care of.”

More than 5,100 consumers were surveyed in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, China, Brazil, Mexico, Italy, France, Germany and United Arab Emirates in September.

The pandemic has killed more than 1.1 million people and infected more than 41.9 million worldwide, according to a Reuters tally.

Countries have imposed new restrictions as COVID-19 cases have risen again in recent weeks. Wales on Friday banned the sale of all non-essential goods in stores as part of a two-week lockdown, while parts of Italy announced measures such as the closure of shopping centers.

San Francisco has capped the occupancy rate for storefront retailers at 50% of the normal maximum. In the California city’s Union Square, shoppers lined up outside the Apple Store and Gucci, where an associate took their temperature.

“A lot of the stores I go to, they have hand sanitizer and seem pretty up to date on all the equipment and everything they have in the store so I feel safe in the stores,” Antioch said. , 26 years. resident Teino Stingley.

Almost 20% of survey respondents said they plan to shop in-store this holiday season, while 47% plan to split between online and in-store and 16% will opt for curbside pickup. .

“I feel that too many people inside a store make me uncomfortable, so I much prefer an outdoor outdoor environment,” said Param Sharma, 24. and ask them to give it to you.

San Francisco resident Katrin Eyjolfsdottir, 27, plans to split her shopping between going online and visiting stores to experience it firsthand.

“It’s a big part of the Christmas holiday spirit,” she says. “I think the stores do a good job of keeping everything clean and sanitized and following the procedures.”

Reuters TV report; Writing by Richard Chang; Edited by Rosalba O’Brien

Original © Thomson Reuters

Originally posted 2020-10-27 02:36:10.

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