Holiday shoppers are coming to town with health checklist: survey

Reuters) – Holiday shoppers braving the coronavirus pandemic to buy gifts in person are checking which stores are naughty or nice in terms of public health, a worldwide survey released on Monday showed.

About 79% of respondents want to see masks being worn, 82% demand visible cleaning efforts, and 76% prioritize reduced occupancy in stores, according to the survey by Oracle Retail, a unit of software maker Oracle Corp ORCL.N.

Contactless checkout and social distancing requirements are also paramount.

“Customers are eager to shop,” said Mike Webster, senior vice president and general manager of Oracle Retail. “What consumers are looking for is basic levels of protection and safety and they’re looking for that confidence that their needs are being looked after.”

More than 5,100 consumers were surveyed in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, China, Brazil, Mexico, Italy, France, Germany and the United Arab Emirates in September.

The pandemic has killed more than 1.1 million people and infected more than 41.9 million worldwide, according to a Reuters tally.

Countries have imposed new restrictions as COVID-19 cases have risen again in recent weeks. Wales on Friday banned the sale of all non-essential goods in stores as part of a two-week lockdown, while regions in Italy have announced measures such as shuttering shopping centers.Read More. http://Holiday shoppers are coming to town with health checklist: survey

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