On May 19, 2020, customers shop at the Wal-Mart Store in Chicago, Illinois. Wal-Mart reported that in the quarter ended April 30, AOL sales increased by 74%, while sales at the same store increased by 10% during the same period. This is due to the impact of the coronavirus that helped drive sales growth.
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Starting on Saturday, Wal-Mart will continue to monitor and count the number of customers entering its stores to ensure that the capacity limit is not exceeded, as coronavirus cases have surged at a record rate across the country.
Back in April, Wal-Mart has been limiting the number of people in its hypermarket stores to no more than five customers per 1
However, for some time now, the largest retailer in the United States has stopped taking physical inventory of people entering and leaving.
A Wal-Mart spokesperson said in an email statement: “We learned from the measurement data in the store for several months that most of the time our store has not reached the 20% measurement capacity set by ourselves.” With careful consideration, we have restored the number of people entering and leaving our store.”
This move comes at a time when the United States continues to push Covid to set new records. According to data from the COVID tracking project of a reporter from the Atlantic Coast, more than 68,500 patients have been hospitalized for Covid-19 nationwide than anywhere else during the pandemic.
And cases continue to rise. CNBC’s analysis of data collected by Johns Hopkins University shows that in the past seven days, the US has reported an average of more than 139,900 cases per day, an increase of more than 35% from a week ago. According to data from Hopkins University, at least in the past ten days, the average number of new cases per day for seven days set a new record.
Major grocery chains have now begun to restore purchase restrictions on certain items, such as toilet paper and hand sanitizer. In the spring, when the pandemic reached the United States, crazy consumers flocked to homeless stores, stockpiles and off-shelf shelves filled with groceries such as canned beans and frozen vegetables. The industry calls this reaction “panic buying.” Many retailers are not prepared for the surge in spending on necessities.
Kroger and Florida’s Publix Super Markets earlier this month restored purchase restrictions on bath towels and paper towels.
The giant US supermarket chain giant Food, which operates in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia, once again restricted the purchase of toilet paper and tissues.
Wegmans places restrictions on paper towels, household cleaners and disinfectant wipes.
Retailers and grocery stores must now deal with the pandemic during the holidays, which tends to attract more people to the store to buy gifts and ingredients for family dinners.
In order to expand customers’ holiday visits, Wal-Mart said it will still carry out in-store sales on Black Friday, but the company divides it into three different sales activities.
—CNBC To fire Contributed to this story.