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Amazon Prime Day and earlier holiday shopping will ding Black Friday, Cyber Monday

It’s beginning to look a lot like holiday shopping season even though it’s not Halloween. You can thank evolving shopping habits, COVID-19, a delayed Amazon Prime Day, supply chain concerns, and crimped consumer and business budgets.

The moving parts are going to be enough to make Black Friday more of a 2020 retailing blip than the biggest shopping day of the year.

Simply put, the calendar is moving forward and households won’t have as much to spend. The winners will be Amazon, which is likely to deliver its biggest fourth quarter in history, and retailers such as Walmart, Best Buy, and Target that have mastered buy online pickup in-store and other digital sales tactics.

In addition, Amazon’s rivals are all planning sales around Prime Day. Those moves will just create a flywheel of demand that’ll minimize the importance of retail’s big holiday shopping days.

Consider some data on holiday

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Waite Park jewelry store robbed Friday night; police looking for suspect

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WAITE PARK — Police are looking for a someone suspected of robbing a Waite Park jewelry store.

Waite Park officers responded to a burglary alarm at Wedding Day Diamonds at 44 Division St. at 12:44 a.m. Friday. Several pieces of jewelry were missing.

Police were not able to provide a full description of the suspect, who entered the store through a broken window. But the suspect may have some

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Will there be a Black Friday this year? The future of the big shopping day is unknown

Doors bursting open at stores. Crowds spilling into the aisles. Elbows brushing up against others. Products flying off shelves. These are the hallmark images of Black Friday.

Well, they were.

That was before the COVID-19 pandemic gripped the nation. Now, the future of the biggest shopping discount day of the year is unknown.

Yes, it will still happen

For many, shopping on the day after Thanksgiving is a tradition. Historically, it’s also one of the best days of the year to save money on big-ticket items like electronics and appliances.

But with social distancing the norm, it’s hard to imagine shoppers camping out on the sidewalk next to one another this year ahead of Nov. 27. It’s even more difficult to picture stores overflowing with excited shoppers.

See:Walmart is hiring 20,000 seasonal workers — here’s how a seasonal job could affect your unemployment benefits

Retail experts believe Black Friday

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Black Friday 2020: Coronavirus pandemic shopping trends force retailers to rethink holiday shopping

It turns out that pepper-spraying each other for a discounted flat-screen TV was never really a necessary part of the holiday shopping experience after all.

This Black Friday, a number of popular retail outlets are shifting away from the traditional “doorbuster” shopping model in favor of a less chaotic and more socially distanced approach.

Walmart became one of the latest larger retailers to announce such a move, confirming last week that its holiday deals will be offered not only in-store but online and with many of its deals already available through both channels, with more to be spread “throughout the season.”

“Over the past six months, our customers have been shopping differently, and we expect that will continue into the most important shopping season of the year

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