After closing all of its New York City stores, Apple is reportedly opening some to allow limited walk-in services. This is according to reports from Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman.
The reporter tweeted that some of the NYC stores have updated their store listings. These stores now offer “limited” walk-in services for shopping and Genius Bar tech.
Apple reportedly allowed only pickup for online orders across its New York City stores, after the rising COVID-19 cases. These stores did not welcome customers coming in for browsing, and activations of Apple products.
The tech company is no longer offering its free two hours delivery to customers. This incentive was just for the Christmas holidays. The company now has more than 20 stores closed as a result of the pandemic.
Interestingly this reports says the tech company closes a store when its staffs have 10 percent or more testing positive for COVID-19. Alongside the closure, Apple was offering two-hour delivery in “most metro areas” for free.
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The sales incentive only lasted till Christmas Eve, reducing crowds at its various stores and enhancing convenience. Apple is delaying the reopening of its corporate offices. Workers were en route to resume their offices on February 1st, but that isn’t certain anymore.
Apple is constantly monitoring local health data in determining the stores that it will reopen or reclose. All the reopened stores also require that staff and customers wear masks. Since it is closing more stores, the tech company has created faster means of getting their products to customers.
Customers can now walki-in for limited shopping and Genius Bar tech support. While other stores give out orders in New York in a contactless way. If the omicron virus worsens, we are sure the tech giant would adopt the same process across all stores in the United States.
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