With the size of the remaining stocks, this will lead to a price war in a sector where margins are already very low and where traders need cash more than ever, the SNI fears.
The limitation to a maximum of 30 minutes and the obligation to shop alone will be another financial blow for retailers. “The sales are often a moment of ‘shopping pleasure’ for many. This is not possible for the moment. We therefore ask the government to be allowed to go shopping together everywhere. The encouraging drop in the infection rate also allows it ”, estimates the organization of freelancers.
For her, we must avoid repeating the mistake made in August. “It turned out at the time that the sales period was a disaster because shopping alone did not encourage consumers to shop. Otherwise, the winter sales risk completely missing their target and turning into a new fiasco for traders, warns the SNI.
“If we are to stem the tide of bankruptcies, customers will have to keep coming to stores as much as possible. Stores are safer than many other places, ”says the union, which encourages people to continue buying local.