Seven years after Walmart employee Jdimytai Damour was trampled to death by the stampede of shoppers in the blitz line busting through the doors, Walmart has decided that Doorbusters were simply too literal. Bill Blare, reporting in No more doorbusters at Walmart at Junior College, writes:
Wal-Mart said that stock will include more than a million televisions, 15 million movies and 10 million sets of pajamas---all items including in its Black Friday bargains.
Yea bargains! Buried at the bottom, however, is this bit:
Perhaps an even bigger change, though, is that nearly all of Walmart’s sales will be available online first, starting at 3 a.m. EST Thanksgiving day. Walmart is again offering a mobile check-in service that lets you buy online and pick up your items in the store. In recent years, the crowds at Walmart stores during Black Friday have been intense.
So, shoppers on the right side of the digital divide not only get to avoid the crush, they get to shop a full 15 hours before the hoi polloi. In my ongoing quest to back fill stories, take a look at WALMART SUPPLIERS ROAR NO MAS…! from 15 September. Jeff Hess: Have Coffee Will Write.

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