As many adjust to a new work schedule from home, the typical approach to office and classroom attire has taken a decidedly more casual turn — from the waist down, at least.
Across the country, workers and students now congregate online in virtual meetings rooms such as Zoom and Google Hangouts, where attendees on webcam are usually shown from the chest-up. This might explain Walmart’s recent uptick in sales of shirts and blouses, while pants and bottoms purchases hold steady.
In an interview with Yahoo Finance during a livestream broadcast on Thursday, Walmart’s EVP of corporate affairs Dan Bartlett added to a prior segment discussing the nationwide remote work transition by noting that his stores are “seeing increased sales in tops, but not bottoms.”
“So, people who are concerned, obviously, from the waist up,” Bartlett continued. “These behaviors are going to continue to change and evolve as people get accustomed to this new lifestyle, if you will. And we’re able to accommodate that, both online and in our stores.”
Bartlett also said that Walmart is receiving a “massive volume” of online sales and in-store purchases, which he predicts “will probably ebb and flow based on the news.” Many of their brick & mortar stores remain open in some states as the department store also sells groceries.
Unsurprisingly, Bartlett also reports increased sales of cleaning products, namely hand sanitizers, as well as DVDs and other home entertainment goods. Craft supplies have also been popular.
“I think we’ve sold over 30 million popsicle sticks,” he said.
As many “non-essential” retail chains have been forced to close for the foreseeable future, resulting in layoffs for million, Walmart said they have plans to hire some 150,000 new hourly employees in the US — which comes with $550 million in cash bonuses to reward their workers who are risking their lives to support the economy amid the deadly coronavirus outbreak.