Australia’s leading tech retailers are today welcoming Dominic Perrottet’s historic announcement that the NSW government will end all quarantine requirements for international arrivals from November 1.
Double-vaccinated people who can prove their immunization status and a negative COVID-19 test will be allowed to move around the community upon arrival in the state, ending an 18-month period that has crippled many areas of the sale by retail.
“For people doubly vaccinated around the world, Sydney, NSW, is open for business. We want people to come back. We are bringing the nation out of the pandemic, ”the Premier of New South Wales said this morning.
Terry Smart, CEO of JB Hi-Fi and The Good Guys, said of the news: “We are more than happy that our stores are open in New South Wales. We look forward to the opening of Victoria. We have stock and we are looking to leave ”.
A Good Guys executive told Channel News that “Black Friday this year could be the biggest ever.”
Many believe that the Black Friday sales, which take place on November 26 but often coincide with various other pre-Christmas sales, will bring consumers back to physical and online stores, with many retailers keeping their prices in an attempt to take margin on the stock they have.
Many CE and home appliance retailers are also concerned that in January 2022, stockouts will become ‘chronic’ as component shortages, supply chain issues and a surge in demand after. closures – and in the run-up to Christmas – all cause a huge bottleneck that could see empty shelves and frustrated customers galore.
In the meantime, retailers are happily preparing for the rush – and it couldn’t have happened a moment sooner.