The holiday shopping frenzy has officially begun with the five-day stretch that starts on Thanksgiving and crosses the finish line Cyber Monday. And in the age of Amazon, retailers are increasingly turning to tech to make shopping, whether online or in an actual store, as quick and simple as possible.
This year marks the first time Macy’s will have mobile checkout at all of its stores. The Gap, Old Navy and Banana Republic are equipping employees with devices to check out customers on the spot.
And at Walmart, a map on the store app will pinpoint where a customer can find the item they’re looking for.
But Black Friday can also be dangerous.
A man was shot and killed by a police after a fight at an Alabama mall resulted in gunfire that injured a teen and a 12-year-old girl.
A police statement said the shooting occurred shortly before 10 p.m. Thursday at the Riverchase Galleria in Hoover, outside Birmingham.
The statement said two Hoover officers in the mall confronted a 21-year-old with a gun and one of the officers shot and killed him. His name has not been released.
An 18-year-old and a 12-year-old were hospitalized with injuries.
The mall reopened at 6 am today.
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