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U.S. Shoppers Grab Last-Minute Holiday Gifts, Pick Up Online Orders In-Store

Shoppers wait in line outside a Bath and Body Works retail store, as the global outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, in Brooklyn, New York, U.S., December 8, 2020. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

NEW YORK (Reuters) -Many U.S. holiday shoppers, wary of spending time in stores during the latest surge of COVID-19 cases and nervous about packages not arriving before Christmas, were on a mission on Saturday: snatch up last-minute gifts fast or pick up online purchases in-store.

The “Super Saturday” before Christmas is traditionally the busiest day of the year for holiday purchases, and this year online retail has been extra busy. But news reports about high-priority vaccine shipments have many Americans fretting that gift deliveries could be delayed this week.

“If you haven’t ventured out and you haven’t gotten your gifts, you almost have to,” said Marshal Cohen, chief retail industry adviser at NPD Group. “Online orders aren’t going to get delivered on time and nobody wants to risk showing up empty handed.” Read more…..

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Following Governor Newsom’s announcement this week, a stay-at-home order appears likely in the coming days for the greater Sacramento area. KCRA 3 spoke with shoppers heading out to the mall and local stores aiming to pick up presents before possibly being stuck indoors again.

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