Shoppers hit the stores and malls for Black Friday deals

Posted at 7:51 AM, Nov 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-23 08:06:58-05

It’s the day after Thanksgiving, and that means shoppers are hitting the stores to score those Black Friday deals.

Several stores opened Thanksgiving evening, including Macy’s, JCPenney, Target and malls.

Long lines formed around Macy's Herald Square Thanksgiving evening with consumers hoping to score big with holiday deals.

However, with frigid cold weather, retailers are also trying to lure consumers with easier way to get good deals.

They're offering new ways for shoppers to get deals online and in the store easier and faster in the age of instant gratification.

Walmart introduced a digital map on its mobile app to make it easier for shoppers to find an item's exact location in the store. Kohl's has a new feature on its mobile app that lets customers take photos of products anywhere and find similar items at the department store. And customers, frustrated with long checkout lines, can check out at Walmart and other stores with a salesperson right on the spot.

Shoppers are also facing new free shipping options. Target leapt in front of Walmart and Amazon to offer two-day free shipping for the holidays without any minimum purchases. Online leader Amazon followed, dropping its $25 minimum. Walmart is still sticking with its $35 threshold.

"Retailers are pulling out all the stops to get shoppers earlier with online deals and using online to push shoppers in the store," said Marshal Cohen, chief industry adviser at the NPD Group, a market research group. "I think overall spending will be decent."

Though online shopping is the way to go for many, it's estimated that those going out to the stores will be spending about $400.

Associated Press contributed to this report.