Today, Walmart made its long-awaited announcement about its "Black Friday" hours. We put that in quotations because these days, major retailers are mostly opening on Thanksgiving itself, and Walmart is no exception -- both it and Best Buy are opening at 6 p.m. that day and staying open all night long.
For its part, Target is opening at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving, one hour earlier than it opened last year. The two hour gap between Target and Walmart might not seem like much, but it could be the difference between having enough time to enjoy a holiday meal with friends and family and having to skip it and hurry into work. However, Walmart is making working on the holiday a little less depressing by offering some impressive bonuses for employees who have to come in on Turkey Day.
But to soften the blow for its estimated 1 million employees who have to work on Thursday, Nov. 28, the world's largest retailer is going to feed them a traditional Thanksgiving dinner during their shift, give them an extra day's pay, and offer them 25 percent off a future holiday shopping trip.Walmart's announcement makes us wonder -- will Target step up and offer its Thanksgiving-working employees a similarly sweet package of perks? Or in this case, will it let Walmart flip the script and score points for treating its employees decently for a change?
Calling Walmart employees "a critical component of our success throughout the year," Duncan Mac Naughton, chief merchandising and marketing officer for Walmart U.S., said Monday that Walmart will reward their hard work in ways it hasn't done before.