Week in Tech: Black Friday
Here we go again. The clocks have gone back, the Christmas lights are up, and here we are edging towards the end of November with the prospect of Black Friday just around the corner. This year, brands have decided to ditch the traditional format of Friday deals, in favour a week-long sales extravaganza, which has retailers and shoppers alike rubbing their hands together. Ahead of the chaos, we take a look at some of the big news stories emerging from the world of tech…
British shoppers are set to spend upwards of £10 billion in the week of Black Friday, as more UK retailers than ever jump on the bandwagon. The majority of these sales are forecast to take place online, with UK consumers expected to spend £1.74 million every single minute, which has prompted the top five delivery firms to source an extra 20,000 vans and cars.
We’ve all seen the videos online of shoppers fighting over discounted bathmats and George Foreman Grills, but battery and common assault won’t be the only crimes committed in amongst the chaos of Black Friday. It turns out hackers will also be vying to cash in on the hype. According to ThreatrMetrix, there will be over 50 million global fraud attempts next week, which works out to an estimated 5 – 8 million identity testing attacks every day.
Waitrose has unveiled a brand-new self-service check-in tool in time for Black Friday, presumably because they want to minimise the ordeal of interacting with shoppers in person. The new innovation will speed up the collection process for online shoppers, enabling customers to scan their order barcode into an iPad at the shop and wait for the order to be brought out.
No Black Friday news round-up would be complete without a summary of the best deals. This year, the list includes a 32” Seizo TV, a 12-month SIM-only contract, and a cracking set of Bosch power tools. Enjoy.