Some retail heavyweights, including Amazon, Walmart and Target, are allowing customers to not only process refunds seamlessly online, but are also allowing customers to just keep the returned items.
The measure comes as part of a new slate of safety protocols Target has added to its stores as the holiday season kicks off. The added precautions come in addition to the dozens of measures Target began rolling out in March when the pandemic started.
The move, announced Monday, come as stores are rethinking the Black Friday in-store bargain shopping as they try to curb the spread of the coronavirus, which has seen a resurgence in a slew of states.
Amid the sharp rise in COVID-19 cases in many states across the U.S., more national retailers have rolled out new policies that will require customers to wear facial coverings while shopping in stores.
Target is permanently increasing its minimum wage to $15 an hour beginning July 5.
A Target store in Oakland is among half a dozen Target locations around the country closed indefinitely due to safety concerns, stemming from widespread protests over the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
Target, CVS, Apple and Walmart all said Sunday that they had temporarily closed some locations for safety reasons.
Target is taking new steps to combat the spread of coronavirus at its stores.
5 people arrested after shots were fired into the air on Black Friday at a Target store in Fremont
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