Walmart is trying desperately to contain the Black Friday chaos by creating what customers are calling a ‘maze’ — but photos reveal a wild shopping fiasco (WMT)

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  • Walmart has attempted to calm the chaos of Black Friday with new maps and rearranged stores. 
  • However, inside the stores, things look as crowded and hectic as ever on Thursday evening. 
  • Some shoppers are complaining that Walmart’s creation of a “maze” is making Black Friday shopping take even longer. 

Black Friday at Walmart looks just as wild as ever, despite the retail giant’s best attempts at calming the chaos. 

Every year, Walmart makes certain tweaks to its Black Friday game plan, in an attempt to better deal with the crowds that mob its stores starting on Thanksgiving Day.

This year, adjustments include rearranging stores to better funnel customers to check-out and to highlight popular items. The new arrangements mean new color-coded maps, printed in Walmart’s circulars and — for the first time — available for reference on Walmart’s app. To avoid lines, customers can check out with certain employees throughout the stores. 

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Unsurprisingly, the revamp hasn’t fully solved the Black Friday chaos. A look at social media reveals that Walmart stores across the US — which kicked off sales at 6 p.m. — are as crowded and intense as ever. 

Walmart pandemonium. #walmart #blackfriday #blackfriday2018

A post shared by Scott D Camp (@mi_life9082) on Nov 22, 2018 at 3:48pm PST on

#Black friday #walmart #doidera

A post shared by Tiago Matos da Costa (@tiagomcosta1980) on Nov 22, 2018 at 4:00pm PST on

Some shoppers are specifically targeting the “maze” that Walmart has created as part of the problem. 

However, at least one Walmart Black Friday innovation this year has been welcomed with open arms. “Check Out With Me,” which allows employees in the busiest sections of its stores to check out shoppers with mobile devices, is a hit with customers — if they can find the workers. 

Still, for the most part, chaos — or at least crowds — reigned at Walmart. 

Checking out the #blackfriday crowd at #WALMART! It’s amazing!! #walmart5260 #5260 #wmt5260 #thanksgiving

A post shared by James Paul (@jpe3) on Nov 22, 2018 at 4:11pm PST on

Black Friday Madness, I gave up 😂😂 #BlackFriday #Walmart #AfterDinnerFun

A post shared by Jazmin Gonzalez (@biancajae27) on Nov 22, 2018 at 4:14pm PST on

Go black Friday shopping it will be fun they said. …not #blackfriday #walmart #thanksgiving #chrismas #shopping

A post shared by Mart Breland (@martbreland) on Nov 22, 2018 at 4:14pm PST on

Scooping up some deals #blackfriday #greythursday #walmart

A post shared by Jenn Kaustinen (@jennkaustinen) on Nov 22, 2018 at 4:17pm PST on

But, for many shoppers who got their hands on Black Friday deals, the hectic scene was worth it. 

Thanksgiving Traditions 😂🤪❤️🦃!! #walmart #blackfridayonthursday

A post shared by Brooke Kimsey Hughes (@mrsbrookehughes) on Nov 22, 2018 at 4:18pm PST on

I came.. I saw.. I got my Luv-a-Bella dolls. 😂😂 #blackfriday #walmart

A post shared by Allison Williams (Crace) (@allison____williams) on Nov 22, 2018 at 4:32pm PST on

We killed it at wal-mart. We got everything we wanted 🤑 #blackfridaydeals#walmart

A post shared by Shelby Lynn Gaytan (@shelbylynngaytan) on Nov 22, 2018 at 4:52pm PST on

 

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