Retailers Boosting Black Friday Security

11.25.09 | FL News Team

Retailers are taking steps to avoid the ugliness that marred last year's Black Friday shopping. "USA Today" reports stores are pledging to better control waiting lines, more in-store assistance and longer hours to handle bargain-hunting shoppers. The steps are being taken after the trampling death of a Wal-Mart employee and shooting in a Toys R Us the day after last year's Thanksgiving. Joe LaRocca of the National Retail Federation says most retailers with big deals plan initiate various controls. They'll state how many products they have in stock at discounted prices, hand out tickets or wristbands to customers eligible for them and cut off lines at a certain point.

 Retail giant Wal-Mart has announced plans to remain open on Thanksgiving Day and through the night with an aim toward curbing an early rush on Friday. Target will place hot items in various areas of stores and give customers maps to assist in finding bargains. Besides issuing tickets to customers lining up, Best Buy stores conduct a full-scale dress rehearsals to help predict customer traffic flow.