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Black Fri­day dis­counts likely to be on small side

- Business · Retail · Shopping · Consumer Goods · Industries · New Zealand · Black Friday & Cyber Monday

De­lays at the bor­der, lim­ited stock and al­ready busy re­tail­ers could add up to equal muted Black Fri­day sales for Kiwi shop­pers, re­tail and dis­tri­bu­tion ex­perts warn. First Re­tail Group man­ag­ing direc­tor Chris Wilkin­son said that while there were still sup­ply con­cerns for many re­tail­ers, the sit­u­a­tion was im­prov­ing. ‘‘But for elec­tron­ics, the big seller for Black Fri­day and Cy­ber Mon­day, there could be short­ages.’’ Na­tional Road Car­ri­ers As­so­ci­a­tion chief ex­ec­u­tive David Aitken said trans­port was be­ing pushed to break­ing point. ‘‘World­wide sup­ply chains are in dis­ar­ray. The cur­rent pan­demic af­fects ev­ery­thing, and the trans­port and lo­gis­tics sec­tor is in the thick of it. Big­ger and bet­ter re­sourced coun­tries have higher lev­els of crit­i­cal in­fra­struc­ture to cope with this, but it does not take much to bring New Zealand Inc to its knees.’’

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