We’ll be crowding extra and clicking much less, carrying extra procuring baggage and ready for fewer deliveries.
This vacation procuring season is shaping as much as be extra in-person than final yr’s, however it isn’t prone to be as carefree as within the Earlier than Occasions. Abbreviated retailer hours, product shortages, Covid restrictions and security issues are anticipated to make for a vacation procuring expertise not like any within the 80 or so years chronicled in these photographs from the New York Occasions archives.
Nonetheless, these pandemic-era challenges don’t appear to be stopping us from spending this season: The National Retail Federation predicts that holiday retail sales this year will set a record. People are anticipated to dole out between $843 billion and $859 billion in November and December, as a lot as 10.5 % greater than in 2020.
— Roe D’Angelo